The five-acre Food Bank Farm consists of a propagation house, two high tunnels, a demonstration garden, bee hives, and field growing space. 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 growing and starting healthy plants. The farm is made possible thanks to a campaign gift from Corteva Agriscience.
The farm produce is sold on-site in the FBD Farm Stand throughout the year. It is also distributed through the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership program and through the on-site Healthy Pantry Center. The produce has also been incorporated into The Culinary School training program, providing hands-on experience for the students. During the 2019-2020 fiscal year the farm produced over 4,600 pounds of vegetables onsite for sale and distribution.
During 2020, the farm has seen significant progress with the establishment of an educational garden space. The garden is being developed in partnership with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension to demonstrate techniques and ideas for community members and volunteers interested in gardening and farming. The farm has also expanded its impact in the community through sales and donations of starter plants. In May, the farm hosted its first plant sale selling over 875 plants. The farm also donated over 1,200 vegetable plants to the Food Bank’s partner agencies and pantry clients.
The farm is maintained by a full-time Community Farm Manager andvolunteers from the community. Volunteers are scheduled online at www.fbd.volunteerhub.com. Typical tasks include planting, watering,
weeding, harvesting, washing and packing produce, and more.
Future farm plans include expansion of vegetable production in the field space, expansion of wildflower pollinator habitat, construction of a chicken coop, and establishment of a fruit orchard.
For more information:
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.