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People's Garden Partnership Grows to New Heights in Delaware

People's Garden Partnership Grows to New Heights in Delaware
by Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, DNREC

I scream.  You scream.  We all scream for ice cream.  And over 2,500 people did just that at the 35th Annual University of Delaware Ag Day sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Ag Day, held on April 30, was extra sweet this year with the official opening of the UDairy Creamery which makes ice cream from the milk of the University’s dairy cows raised at the college. 

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the New Castle Conservation District (NCCD), and the Delaware Envirothon were among the 46 exhibitors supporting this annual event that brings agriculture and natural resources to life for the many visitors.  The fun-filled day included educational exhibits, children’s games and activities, tours, livestock displays of UD farm animals, plant sales, educational lectures, food, and live music.

More than 200 kids were excited to get down and dirty as they stopped at the NRCS exhibit to learn about soil and make a mini profile of Delaware’s State Soil – Greenwich.  Many of the kids said they couldn’t wait to take the profile to their school to share with their teachers and classmates because they have been studying soil or erosion.  Adults were also educated about soils as many had questions about the condition of the soils found in their backyards.  Other discussion topics included the Web Soil Survey, the addition of organic matter as a means to improve the heavier soils found in New Castle County, the changes in soil textures and colors throughout a soil profile, and the differences between the Coastal Plain and Piedmont soils found in Delaware. 

When participants were done with their soil profiles, they could test their knowledge about soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife, and other environmental topics by playing the Delaware Envirothon’s new “Plinko” game.  New Castle County residents were also able to learn about the various programs and services available to them through the New Castle Conservation District. 

Ag Day is planned by a committee of students and staff of the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The event, which offers visitors the opportunity to experience the wonders of agriculture and the natural world, is held on the last Saturday in April of each year. 


Photo caption: More than 200 participants made a mini profile of Delaware’s state soil during Ag Day


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