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A Greener Way to Farm
By installing 44 solar panels, UD’s dairy farm is leading the way in utilizing the latest sustainable methods to demonstrate the practical uses of renewable energy.
Last spring, the UDairy Creamery broke ground during the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ (CANR) annual Ag Day. The Creamery currently provides ice cream to different groups and events around campus, but the new building will give students an attractive store front to both make and sell the premium ice cream. The UDairy Creamery is scheduled to open in the spring of 2011.
The ice cream is made using the milk from UD’s herd of nearly 100 Holstein cows that are part of CANR’s 350 acre complex on the south campus. There is a wide variety of flavors to match everyone’s taste, including mint chocolate chip, chocolate marshmallow, cookies and cream, strawberry, black raspberry, and more.
The UDairy Creamery is intended to emphasize the principles of dairy production, food science and safety, environmentally sound agriculture, and business management and finance. Most importantly, the Creamery will teach students how to incorporate all of these principles to sustain agriculture in the face of land use change.
Students learn about the science of milk production through hands on experience. Furthermore, the Creamery will act as a valuable tool not just to CANR, but to many of UD’s colleges, incorporating disciplines such as hotel, restaurant, and institutional management, business, and engineering. Students will get the opportunity to learn real life experience such as working as a team, effective use of resources, creating a business plan, hands-on marketing and food production, and dealing with unexpected challenges.
Once constructed, the storefront will do more than just sell ice cream. There are plans to sell blankets from the wool of UD sheep as part of the Blue Hen Blankets & Yarn that was established in 2009. Eventually, the creamery may even sell vegetables and herbs grown in student gardens and honey from UD’s apiary. It will also serve as a classroom, a laboratory, and site for extension and outreach activities.
The Creamery is funded by a UNIDEL Foundation Grant and by the generous contributions of many individuals. Donors who give $5,000 or more, payable up to five years, can have their names inscribed on a plaque inside the Creamery.
To make your gift to the UDairy Creamery, please visit our online form. Be sure to note "UDairy Creamery" in the "other" designation. For more information on making a gift to the UDairy Creamery, contact Linda Hopkins, Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, at 302-831-1346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the UDairy Creamery, visit the official site at www.ag.udel.edu/creamery.