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Delaware farmers’ market season begins in April

Date Posted: Friday, March 25th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

With a record season behind them, Delaware’s farmers’ markets are gearing up for another great year. Twenty-three community-run farmers’ markets will be opening over the next three months, selling Delaware produce and other farm-fresh goods.




Daniel J. Tartt, Jr. of Harrington is 2016 Tree Farmer of the Year

Date Posted: Friday, March 18th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Kent County New Castle County Sussex County

Daniel J. Tartt, Jr. of Harrington was honored as Delaware’s 2016 Tree Farmer of the Year at the Delaware Forestry Association’s annual meeting in Felton. The Middletown FFA forestry team – comprised of students Alana Hodge, Lauren Berry, Brandon Dawson, Laura Melancon and their advisor Jeff Billings – was also recognized for representing Delaware and placing highly in the team and individual FFA forestry event at the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, KY.

Silver Anniversary Tree Farmers Carl Solberg, George & Gladys Kirk, and David Hastings were honored for celebrating 25 years in the American Tree Farm System. On hand to present awards were Rep. David L. Wilson and Rep. Harvey Kenton.

The event also celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the American Tree Farm System’s founding in 1941. Delaware’s first Tree Farm was certified in 1959 and today there are over 200 Tree Farms covering more than 20,000 acres.

Governor Markell delivered a video message (YouTube: https://youtu.be/7YIB5MqANbs ) to congratulate the Delaware Forestry Association and recognize the award winners for 2016.




New urban agriculture and community garden micro-grants available

Date Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Organizations wanting to launch or expand an urban agriculture or community garden project to benefit their neighborhood can apply for new micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture.




Arbor Day Poster Contest and Free Seedling Giveaway

Date Posted: Friday, February 26th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

“Trees are Terrific…and Forests are Too!” That’s the theme of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest, which is open to all children in grades K to 5 in Delaware public, private, home, and charter schools. After-school programs and youth groups are also eligible. The deadline for poster submission is April 8, 2016. For more information, email contest coordinator Ashley Peebles at ashley.peebles@state.de.us or call 302-698-4551. Winners will receive a $25.00 gift card, a ceremonial tree planting held at the winner’s school, and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Ceremony (attended by the Governor).




Food safety certification course offered to potential on-farm food entrepreneurs

Date Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Agricultural entrepreneurs who want to produce certain foods in their on-farm kitchens can receive food safety training and become certified under Delaware law at an upcoming workshop.




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