Volunteers plant seeds of hope at UD Garden for the Community
Pictured at Friday's planting in the Garden for the Community are, from left, garden manager Dan Ford, Laura Coogan of the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Robin Morgan, U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle, volunteer coordinator Christine Gordy and Tom Sims, CANR deputy dean.
Friday's planting was held in cooperation with the Food Bank of Delaware. Pictured with cabbage seedlings are, from left, Jim Weir, Ed Matarese, Stacy Stevens and Jackie Piero.

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2:03 p.m., May 7, 2010----Volunteers from the University of Delaware and Food Bank of Delaware began the first stages of planting at the University's Garden for the Community on Friday morning, May 7.

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Located on one-third of an acre of land on UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources site off South College Avenue, the garden will provide a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware's hungry this season.

Volunteers spent the morning mulching, spreading compost and straw, harvesting radishes, planting cabbage and more. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle and Laura Coogan from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper's office.

“What a great partnership we have with the University of Delaware,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “The abundance of fresh produce they provide throughout the summer and fall months helps ensure that we get nutritious foods into the hands of those that need it most.”

"The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very happy to continue our successful partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware by again planting our Garden for the Community,” said Tom Sims, deputy dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Last year, thanks to the help of more than 100 volunteers, our garden provided the food bank with more than 7,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown vegetables.”

Volunteers will be needed at the Garden for the Community throughout the summer months to help harvest, pull weeds, plant late summer crops and other tasks. Those interested in learning more can visit the Garden for the Community website.

In addition to helping at the garden, the Food Bank of Delaware also encourages the community to keep hungry Delawareans in mind as summer's crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, string beans and more begin to sprout. Surplus donations can be donated directly to the organization's hunger-relief efforts.

Donations are accepted at the Newark (14 Garfield Way) and Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) warehouses weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Food Bank of Delaware website.

Photos by Duane Perry

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