The five-acre Food Bank Farm consists of a propagation house, four high tunnels (large greenhouse structures), a demonstration garden, bee hives, fruit trees, and field growing space for annual crops. The farm is made possible thanks to ongoing financial support from Corteva Agriscience. It is maintained by three full-time employees, seasonal farm interns, and volunteers from the community.
Vegetables are grown year-round using seasonal varieties that perform well in the region. The farm follows best management practices that prioritize produce quality and yield as well as environmental sustainability. The propagation house enables year-round production of healthy starter plants. In addition to their use on the farm, extra starter plants are featured in the annual Spring Plant Sale fundraiser and are also donated to local community partners and gardens.
The majority of the produce harvested is distributed through the Food Bank’s Healthy Pantry Center for neighbors seeking food assistance. The produce has also been incorporated into the Culinary School training program, providing students the opportunity to cook with fresh and unique fruits, vegetables and herbs. Additionally, the farm produce is sold on-site in the FBD Discover Café throughout the year and available online through the purchase of weekly FBD Farm Produce Bundles.
For more information:
Agricultural Programs Director
222 Lake Drive
Newark, DE 19702
The farm is located on the far side of the Food Bank. Parking is available in the front of the building.