Volunteer your time on the Food Bank of Delaware’s farm in Newark!

 

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The five-acre Food Bank Farm consists of a propagation house, three 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 2021 winter and spring season, several key infrastructure improvements were made on the farm. Thanks to grant assistance from the New Castle County Conservation District, a french drain system was installed along all of the high tunnel structures to improve drainage.

Also, a third new high tunnel was constructed and planted full of vegetable crops. Thanks to a generous donation of equipment from Corteva Agriscience, the farm team and volunteers installed high quality greenhouse tables in the propagation house to optimize the space for seed starting. Additional growing spaces were also established on the farm including a small fruit orchard consisting of apple and pear trees and raspberries.

The farm is maintained by a full-time Community Farm Manager, interns, and volunteers from the community.

For more information:

Kyle Brolis
Farm Manager
222 Lake Drive
Newark, DE 19702
kbrolis@fbd.org

The farm is located on the far side of the Food Bank. Parking is available in the front of the building.

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