Carvel Research and Education Center

Welcome to the Carvel Research and Education Center: youtube.com/watch?v=qJ0F22yF3do

The Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center

The Carvel Center campus, located in Georgetown in Sussex County, fulfills the tripartite mission of our land-grant university — teaching, research and Extension outreach. The Carvel Center serves as the southern agriculture experiment station for the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and encompasses the Thurman Adams Jr. Agriculture Research Farm (347 acres) with a focus on agronomic, vegetable and horticulture crops, the Warrington Irrigation Research Farm (120 acres) in Harbeson, Lasher Laboratory for poultry diagnostics, and the Jones Hamilton Environmental Research House. Our campus is also home to Sussex County Cooperative Extension providing programing in 4-H Youth Development, Poultry, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Lawn and Garden. 
 

With an overall staff of 50 full-time administrators, agents, faculty, and specialists, assisted by 50 to 70 seasonal part-time employees and student interns, the Carvel Center paves the way in serving the needs of the agricultural industry, youth and families, students and residents of our great state. Learn more about our history.

 

 

Location

Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Delaware 19947

 302-856-7303

Our research and educational facilities

Student Opportunities at the Carvel Center

Carvel Center Teaching Mission: youtube.com/watch?v=H9O6aZHyKms

Our facility continues the strong tradition of serving our agricultural clientele and their families as well as the citizens of Delaware.

- Mark Isaacs Carvel REC director

Upcoming Events

AGRICULTURE MISSIONARY

Gordon Johnson's career in agriculture and with the University of Delaware spans three decades of service, research breakthroughs and many noteworthy recognitions including the 2023 Worrilow Award  Read the UDaily article.

Montage of Extension Staff in Action in Delaware: youtube.com/watch?v=UHPYhBIWRj0

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Original substation from 1942

History of the Agriculture Research Center in Georgetown

A Delaware General Assembly act provided the establishment of an agricultural substation for southern Delaware. The first structure at the new "Substation" opened in 1942, which is still in use — now as storage space.

A more thorough, published history written by former Extension specialist and former Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Kee, is now available in the fall of 2019.

See our history page for details