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

The 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

Latest news
  • Farm Succession Planning – Using a case study approach top image with a photo of three generation farmers

    Farm Succession Planning – Using a case study approach

    June 11, 2024 | Written by Laurie Wolinski, Extension Agent lll – Agribusiness Risk Management
    University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has recently taken an alternative approach to offering farm succession planning workshops. In cooperation with the University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative and Delaware Farm Service Agency, a team of educators developed a high school educational program on farm succession planning. The idea to introduce students to the topic came about during a 2018 day-long forum, “Linking Farm Vitality and Health,” that was held to share important information that would ultimately strengthen the health and well-being of farmers, their families and workers. One of the small breakout groups discussed and developed a project addressing the topic of succession planning.
  • A Sweet Solution to an Old Problem

    June 06, 2024 | Written by Michele Walfred | Photos by Michele Walfred
    An estimated 2,400 poultry houses lie vacant from the early era of Delmarva poultry’s boom. Owners of these homes face a challenge: repair, remove or renovate. All of the options are costly, and few are practical. Instead of collecting cobwebs, what if these structures can produce something sweet and nutritious?
  • Top 3 Reasons Participating in the State Fair Benefits Youth

    June 05, 2024 | Written by Kaitlin Rogers, Extension Educator II - 4-H Youth Development
    State fairs have long been a cornerstone of American culture, offering a diverse array of activities, entertainment, and competitions. While they may conjure images of thrilling rides, mouthwatering treats, and captivating exhibits, state fairs also provide invaluable opportunities for youth to grow and thrive. For 4-H members, it is so much more than that. The fair is a culmination of many weeks, months or even a year of hard work being displayed through competition, exhibits and more. There are many benefits of participating in your State Fair.
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