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In 1869, the University of Delaware (UD) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources was established as the state’s land-grant university with a mission consisting of three elements: teaching, research and “extension”.

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    Appreciate the Autumn Garden

    October 05, 2020 | Written by Carrie Murphy, Extension Agent, Lawn and Garden Program Leader
    Creating a garden for all seasons implies that you provide interest in your gardens in spring, summer, fall and winter. This interest may appear in ornamental and vegetable gardens in several different forms, including showy flowers, colorful foliage and striking stems and fruit.
  • Improving STEM Skills through 4-H

    October 02, 2020 | Written by Kristin Cook, Delaware 4-H Extension Educator, University of Delaware
    Delaware 4-H, the youth education arm of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension service, has a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, projects and kits available for Delaware’s youth.
  • 4-H youth rise to the challenge

    September 21, 2020 | Written by Ernie Lopez, 4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist
    In the time of social distancing, youth who feel the desire to “belong” are thriving in Delaware 4-H. These young people focus on making the best better despite quarantine restrictions and changes to their lives.
  • 4-H September Club Spotlight: Phillip C. Showell Afterschool Club

    September 21, 2020 | by Phillip C. Showell Afterschool Club
    The 4-H afterschool program at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School has been an integral part of the Indian River School District for the last four years. Federally funded by the Nita. M Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, this afterschool program is not your traditional 4-H.
  • 2020 Joy Sparks Memorial Tribute Award recipients announced!

    September 09, 2020 | Written by Melissa McDerby
    Congratulations to the recipients of the Joy Sparks Memorial Tribute Award that was presented at the 2020 Delaware State Fair.
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