Ag Day promotes UD’s role in agriculture

NEWARK — Students from the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will continue to keep tradition going by hosting “Ag Day,” a community event that brings agriculture and natural resources to the forefront each year.

Saturday’s event will be held at Townsend Hall, at 531 S. College Ave. Admission and parking are free and the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event is open to the public.

Through educational exhibits, tours and activities, the exhibitors hope to educate the public about the world of agriculture.

Saturday’s Ag Day will feature free-flight bird shows and other family-friendly activities.  (Submitted College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware)

Saturday’s Ag Day will feature free-flight bird shows and other family-friendly activities. (Submitted College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware)

It will feature live bee demonstrations, tractor rides, free-flight bird shows, farms tours, an insect zoo and live music.

“It’s a community event,” said Nancy Santos Gainer, communications manager of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “People want to know what we have to offer here at the university.

“A number of people drive by the buildings that house University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and never know what’s going on. At this event it gives them a glimpse of what we have to offer.”

A large number of vendors will participate as well.

Milford-based Blessing Blends, which develops products for agriculture, landscape and home-gardening needs said “AG Day” is the perfect day for them.

“It’s a great event,” said Rick Lee, marketing consultant of Blessing Blends. “We’ve been in it before, as it’s a twofold event. It not only gives us a chance to promote our products, but sell our products that we created.”

First-time participant Fifer Orchards is excited about the opportunity.

“We’re very connected with the event in a sense,” said Michael Fennemore, fourth-generation family member of Fifer Orchards of Wyoming.

“A number of our family and friends have either graduated from the University of Delaware or has had experience with the event.

“It gives us a chance to promote our community-supported agriculture program,” Mr. Fennemore added. “The program allows members to receive a box full of local produce picked at peak freshness. Every week’s box contains a unique mix of hand-selected, in-season produce grown at Fifer Orchards.”

The Food Bank of Delaware will be on hand to accept donations of non-perishable food items.

The Farm-To-Table Recipe Contest is a new feature. The goal of this contest is to develop recipes which offer delicious ways of creating tasty and healthy dishes using fresh ingredients; preferably locally grown.

Mr. Fennemore expects a great turnout.

“The timing of it is great,” he said. “I feel as though most people have cabin fever and are ready for spring. They want to enjoy the great weather and all of the locally grown produce.

“It’s a great time of year for families to come out.”

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