Sussex County buys farmland near Angola to preserve as open space

GEORGETOWN — For nearly $1 million, Sussex County has purchased several acres of land in the Inland Bays watershed to protect it from development and to preserve it as open space for nature and naturalists alike. Sussex County Administrator Todd F. Lawson announced during Tuesday’s County Council meeting that the county has purchased more than […]

Downstate farmers markets remain open with precautions

DOWNSTATE — Field and orchard harvests are ongoing, and consumers are getting a taste of homegrown freshness and sweetness at Delaware farmers markets, which reflect “new norm” restrictions linked to the coronavirus crisis. A sampling of markets and vendors indicates that business is quite brisk and the precautionary public health plan tendered by Delaware’s Department […]

Laurel farm fined

LAUREL — Laurel’s C&S Farms Inc. will pay a $25,000 penalty as part of a settlement over alleged violations of federal law relating to pesticide safety requirements for agricultural workers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. The agency cited the farm for allegedly failing to comply with standards mandating the display of pesticide and safety […]

Farmers’ market making a return in Millsboro

MILLSBORO — Seeds have been planted for the return of a town-supported farmers’ market in Millsboro. Council members Tim Hodges, Larry Gum, Jim Kells, Ron O’Neal and John Thoroughgood backed the proposed three-month weekend initiative presented by Millsboro Mayor Michelle Truitt during council’s Monday teleconference meeting. Councilman Bradley Cordrey was unable to take part in […]

Up to $16 billion in aid available for farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday detailed the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program designed to assist farmers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Also, the USDA’s Farmers to […]

Delaware issues guidance to help U-pick farms open

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Agriculture issued guidance Wednesday for local U-pick farms to safely open to the public for the season. Late spring through the fall is a time when Delaware’s U-Pick farm operations open to allow residents and visitors to pick their own strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, live Christmas trees and […]

Speak Out: Delaware farmers’ markets

In collaboration with the statewide Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition, Delaware’s Department of Agriculture on Monday announced strict protocols that will allow farmers’ markets to safely begin opening, potentially as early as Friday. • I hope all follow the rules. It is for our own good. – Chris Pollinger • Being cautious is one thing but […]

Delaware farmers’ markets can open Friday with limits

There will be a farmers’ market season this year in Delaware after all. In collaboration with the statewide Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition, Delaware’s Department of Agriculture on Monday announced strict protocols that will allow farmers’ markets to safely begin opening, potentially as early as Friday. “We want to make sure that opening the farmers’ markets […]

Farmers markets feel plowed under by nonessential label

SUSSEX COUNTY — Asparagus at Stag Run Farm west of Georgetown has sprung to harvest stage. But Stag Run Farm co-owner Lenore Brady won’t be taking it to market. “I’m not harvesting it. I have nowhere to sell it,” said Ms. Brady. “I’m just letting it go. It’s called ‘going to fern.’” While farmers’ markets […]

Free soil test for corn growers

GEORGETOWN — Beginning May 1 the Sussex Conservation District will be offering free pre-sidedress soil nitrogen testing (PSNT) to corn growers.SCD recommends performing a PSNT in the spring to determine the nitrogen requirements of an expected corn crop yield. Fields that have received applications of animal manure are ideally suited for PSNT.PSNT measures the amount […]