Garden & Farm Briefs

March 16, 2018

Delaware Ag Museum seeks donations for March 24 flea market and auction

The Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover will hold its annual benefit auction and flea market Saturday, March 24. Sale organizers are requesting donations of vintage and gently used household items, furniture, collectibles and antiques. All proceeds benefit the agricultural museum. Items to be donated can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. To arrange for pickup, call 302-734-1618. Some items, including electronics, are not accepted. For more information, go to

Delaware Forestry Association banquet reservations due March 16

The Delaware Forestry Association will present its 2018 Tree Farmer of the Year award beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at its annual banquet and meeting at the Bridgeville Fire Hall. Tickets are $27 for adults, and $13.50 for children ages 6 to 12 The event is free for children under 6. Reservations are requested by Friday, March 16. To register, go to For more information, contact Steve Ditmer at 410-896-9283.

Delaware’s Tree Farm Committee is part of the American Tree Farm System, founded more than 75 years ago to recognize landowners who practice proper forest stewardship by developing comprehensive management plans for diverse objectives such as wood products, wildlife habitat, water quality and recreation.

Orchid expert to appear March 18

East Coast Garden Center will host an orchid class at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 18. Beth Davis from Waldor Orchids will lead the program about varieties of orchids and their care. Attendees may bring  their orchid questions and pot-bound plants in need of expert treatment. Cost is $10 per person. To reserve a seat, call to preregister, 302-945-3489. For more information, go to

On-farm poultry growers’ field day set March 28

Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. is partnering with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and University of Maryland Extension to host an on-farm poultry growers’ field day starting at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, at Rob Hawkins Farm, a new organic chicken farm near Harrington.

The field day will offer practical workshops, beneficial to both beginning and experienced commercial chicken growers, on topics to include tunnel ventilation, farm safety, generator and housing maintenance, animal welfare, controller tips, radiant tube heating, water quality and water line sanitation, good neighbor practices and vegetative environmental buffers, biosecurity and more. There will be concurrent sessions held each hour on the hour, and the event will end at 3 p.m. Nutrient management credits will be available.

Vendors will also be on-site, and lunch will be provided. Most workshops and vendors will be located inside a newly constructed poultry house on fresh bedding. Growers are reminded to practice good biosecurity when traveling to and from the field day.

To register, go to or call Lisa Collins at 302-856-2585.

Scholarship applications due April 1 to Delaware Forestry Association

The Delaware Forestry Association is offering its annual $1,000 scholarship to a student who chooses forestry or a related major at a two-year or four-year accredited college or university. Applications are due by Sunday, April 1, and the winner will be notified by Tuesday, May 1. Students will be eligible for up to four years of undergraduate study upon reapplying, meeting the requirements and being selected. All applicants must show financial need and academic merit. All applicants shall be in the upper 25 percent of their class in high school and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average in college, based on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship money can be applied toward tuition, room and board or books. The money will be sent directly to the college in which the student is enrolled. All applicants must submit a short essay describing their personal goals and reasons they feel they are deserving of this award. Applicants may be requested for a personal interview by the scholarship committee. The successful applicant will receive his or her award on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

To download applications, go to For more information, call 302-856-2893 or email

Farm bureau scholarship applications due April 12

The Delaware Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and the Young Farmers and Ranchers are accepting applications for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, April 12. For applications, visit the Delaware Farm Bureau office at 3457 South DuPont Highway in Camden, call 302-697-3183 or go to and click on either YF&R or Women’s Committee to access the forms. Applications must be typewritten. The downloadable online form is a fillable Word document. The scholarship applicant or adjacent family including parents or grandparents must be members in good standing of the Delaware Farm Bureau for at least one year. Recipients must attend college full-time. 

Requirements differ for each scholarship, so applicants should read the rules carefully. The Women’s Committee will award one $2,500 ag scholarship to a student who is planning to major in and pursue a career in the agricultural field. A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a student in each county who is planning to continue their education at an accredited college or university. The YF&R scholarship amount varies, depending the success of fundraising efforts.

Milford Garden Club scholarship applications due April 27

For Sussex or Kent county high school seniors planning to enter the fields of horticulture, landscape design, forestry, environmental studies or a related field, the Milford Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship. Applications are due by Friday, April 27. For more information about applying, contact Leona Langone at 302-422-8070 or

Lewes in Bloom list of plants available online

On the Lewes in Bloom website, there is a list of plants that names all the annuals Lewes in Bloom has planted throughout the city, by location. For the free list and information on membership and support, go to or find Lewes in Bloom on Facebook.

Lewes in Bloom is a volunteer organization. It promotes the beautification and maintenance of historic Lewes and the community at large. It is dedicated to helping Lewes boost its attractiveness through efforts including historical preservation, environmental awareness, a children’s garden, floral displays and more.