Farm Manager and Farming Assistant Positions with the Delaware Food Bank

Farm Manager
The Food Bank of Delaware is looking to fill the position of Farm Manager in our Newark Facility. The Farm Manager will supervise all steps of crop production and retail sales (farm stand, CSA and wholesale sales) at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark Farm.  The Farm Manager is also responsible for all components of the agricultural workforce development activities of Delaware Food Works, this includes but is not limited to development of curriculum, classroom and field instruction, recruitment of students, internships, job placement and tracking, scheduling guest lecturers and field trips.

Part Time Farming Assistant
The Food Bank of Delaware is looking to fill the position of Part Time Farming Assistant in our Newark Facility.  The Farming Assistant will work with the Farm Manager in all steps of crop production at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark Farm including maintaining outdoors vegetable gardens, indoors high tower gardens, farm plot. In addition the Farming Assistant will also assist the Farm Manager with all components of the agricultural workforce development activities of Delaware Food Works; this includes but is not limited to recruitment of students, classroom and field instruction, internships and field trips.

Additional details about both positions and application information are available online at: https://www.fbd.org/job-opportunities/

Delaware FSMA: Produce Safety Rule Training

March 19, 2019     8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ag Commodities Building – Harrington Fairgrounds
18500 S. DuPont Hwy
Harrington, DE 19952

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time to cover content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
    ● Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training;
    ● Soil Amendments
    ● Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    ● Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
    ● Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

This one-day course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and information on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm, how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm, and parts of a farm food safety plan and the first steps that should be taken to begin writing one. There will also be updates on produce food safety research and findings, as well as information on On-Farm Readiness Reviews and how to sign up for one.

Who Should Attend?
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor from the farm must complete food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA’.

*Please note: If your farm is covered under FSMA it is required that at least one supervisor from the farm attends a PSA training course and receives an AFDO certificate of training. Exempt fruit and vegetable growers are still encouraged to attend. Also, the traditional University of Delaware Food Safety Training (GHP/GAP Training) is not a substitute for this course.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate*, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-19th-2019-produce-safety-alliance-psa-training-tickets-57128240104 by March 11th. You may also register by e-mailing Anna Wicks at Anna.Wicks@delaware.gov  or calling UD Cooperative Extension’s Georgetown Office at 302-856-7303 and asking for Karen Adams.

11th Annual Virginia Berry Production & Marketing Conference

March 21, 2019     8:00 am – 4:00 pm
VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

Registration begins at 7:30 am.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Blackberry Varieties
  • Basics of Blueberry Production
  • Caneberry and Blueberry Disease Management
  • Primocane Blackberry Cane Management
  • Blackberry Basics, Establishing and Managing One Acre of Blackberries

… AND MORE!

Cost is $20, lunch is included.

Register at www.ext.vsu.edu/berryconference

Soil Workshop: Evaluating and Improving Soil Quality

Monday, March 4, 9am-2pm (lunch provided)

Tuesday, March 5 and 19, dinner 5:30pm, class 6-8pm

Tuesday, March 19, dinner 5:30pm, class 6-8pm

Somerset County Extension Office
30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne, MD

PROGRAM

How soil fertility and plant growth are related to soil properties
(45 min)
This session will discuss soil properties such as parent material, texture, compaction, pH, etc and how they influence soil fertility.

Improving soil quality using conservation practices such as cover crops and no-till
(60 min)
This will include a discussion of soil conservation practices as well as hands-on demonstrations of soil infiltration, run-off, and performing soil stability tests on various soil samples.

Using online soil resources including Web Soil Survey, UC Davis Soil Web, Maryland iMap, and One Soil
(60 min)
This session will be interactive, and participants will be provided with a Google Chromebook to practice using these computer programs to better understand their soil and make informed crop management decisions.

Taking soil samples
(30 min)
A soil test report for a whole field is based on the analysis of a teaspoonful sample of soil. Information from soil test reports can only be as accurate as soil sampling. This session will discuss how to take soil samples using a spade or a soil probe, best practices for assessing in-field variability and taking representative soil samples.

Understanding and interpreting soil test reports
(45 min)

Nutrient management & CCA credits will be offered (4 Delaware nutrient management credits)

Free program, meals included!

Register or request special accommodations at: 410-651-1350/shirsh@umd.edu or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-workshop-evaluating-and-improving-soil-quality-tickets-54532333678

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Soil Health Workshop

Thursday February 28, 2019     5:00-8:00 p.m.
New Castle Conservation District Office
2430 Old County Rd Newark, DE 19702

Agenda

5:00–5:1
Registration, Welcome & Introductions
Jason Challandes, SARE Educator, Delaware State University

5:15–6:05
Soil Health Principles
Jayme Arthurs, Resource Conservationist, NRCS

6:05–6:20         Break

6:20–7:10
Slug Management
Bill Cissel, University of Delaware

7:10–8:00
The Intersection of Weed Management and Cover Crops
Mark VanGessel, Ph.D., University of Delaware

8:00     Discussion

Light dinner included

CEU’s are pending for this free workshop. Contact Jason Challandes for more information or to register at jchallandes@desu.edu or (302) 388-2241.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture, 4-H and Home Economics, Delaware State University, University of Delaware and United States Department of Agriculture cooperating, Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, Dean and Administrator. It is the policy of Delaware Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

Herbicide Resistant Weeds Workshops

A series of half-day workshops will be held in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia this winter for farmers interested in learning about the problems of herbicide resistant weeds and how to manage them. Hosted by University of Maryland Extension in collaboration with Virginia Tech and University of Delaware, these workshops are designed to equip farmers with the knowledge to improve weed control on their farms.

Farmers in the mid-Atlantic area are starting to see the impact of herbicide resistant weeds on their crop yields. With many problematic weeds now found throughout the region it is essential that farmers learn the key management strategies to control these weeds.

Sessions will cover integrated weed management tactics; palmer amaranth, common ragweed and marestail control strategies; and developing a weed management plan. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. Pesticide (commercial and private) and CCA continuing education credits will be offered.

Workshop locations and times are listed below. Please RSVP to the respective meeting location to provide an accurate meal count.

February 25th (12 pm to 5 pm) Old Beale Sanctuary, 369 Queen Street,Tappahannock, VA 22560
To register call the Essex County Extension Office: at (804) 443-3551

February 26th (8 am to 1 pm) St. Mary’s County UME Office, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To register call the St. Mary’s County UME Office at 301-475- 4484

March 4th (8 am to 1 pm) Harrington Volunteer Fire Company, 20 Clark St, Harrington, DE 19952. To register call the UD Carvel REC, at 302-856-2585 (ext 540)

March 5th (8 am to 1 pm) Somerset Extension Office, 30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne, MD 21853. To register call the Somerset County Extension Office at 410- 651-1350

March 6th (8  am to 1 pm) Frederick County UME Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 20712. To register, call the Frederick County UME Office at 301-600- 3576

March 7th (8 am to 1 pm) Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Maple Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620. To register call the Kent County UME Office at 410-778- 1661

For more information contact Ben Beale at 301-475-4481, Michael Flessner at 540-315-2954, Matt Morris at 301-600-3578 or Mark VanGessel at 302-856-7303.

On-Farm Entrepreneurs Food Safety Training

February 26 & 28, 2019 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(must attend both sessions)
Kent County Cooperative Extension Office
69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901

This training meets Delaware Department of Agriculture food safety training requirements for Delaware farmers wanting to sell non-potentially hazardous foods produced in an on-farm kitchen. These items can be sold on their farm, at a roadside stand or a farmer’s market.

Examples of these foods are:
• Baked goods
• Jams, jellies and preserves
• Fruit pies
• Honey and herb mixtures
• Roasted nuts
• Snack items – popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle

You must attend both the February 26th and February 28th session.

Cost: $50.00 (cash or check payable to the University of Delaware)

To register, please call Jan Unflat: (302) 730-4000 and mail registration form and payment. Registration deadline February 21st.

Maryland IPM Scout Training: Emphasis on Greenhouse and Herbaceous Plants

March 4 – 8, 2019
Gary J. Arthur Community Center
2400 MD-97, Cooksville, MD

The purpose of this event is to train professional horticulturists in the science and business of conducting an IPM program. We want to train highly motivated people to become professional IPM scouts for the horticulture industry in Maryland.

Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Additional program information and registration is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-ipm-scout-training-for-nurseries-and-greenhouses-tickets-54985673630

Mental Health First Aid Kit Training

The Mental Health First Aid training is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common ways to help and find support. This 8-hour program teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use and others. The course uses interactive educational methods to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and will help you connect to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. A light lunch will be served.

February 4     8 am to 4 pm
Rollins Community Center in Lewes, DE

March 8     8 am to 4 pm
Delaware Department of Agriculture, Dover DE

April 8     8 am to 4 pm
New Castle County Extension office, Newark DE

Cost: Free – Underwritten by Sustainable Coastal Communities and UD Cooperative Extension

Register by going to: extension.udel.edu/ag/agribusiness or by clicking here or contact Maria Pippidis at pippidis@udel.edu