Garden & Farm Briefs Winter 2019-20

February 10, 2020

Farm Bill meeting set Feb. 20 in Georgetown

Agricultural producers can enroll in the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs through Monday, March 16. A Farm Bill meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Experts will discuss important program details with producers so they can make informed decisions best suited to their farming operation. These U.S. Department of Agriculture safety net programs provide income support to help producers manage ups and downs in revenues and prices. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized and updated both programs which are administered by the Farm Service Agency. 

Delmarva Soil Summit slated Feb. 26-27

The 2020 Delmarva Soil Summit will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 and 27, at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

Experts from across the country will discuss the latest research and innovations in soil health.

A pre-conference workshop on Purposeful Cover Cropping will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 26. Seating is limited to 50 participants; a separate $20 ticket is required.

The conference kicks off at noon, Feb. 26, with research updates from expert speakers and concludes with a cover crop cocktail party from 5 to 7 p.m. Day two begins at 8:30 a.m. with a plenary session covering carbonomics, soil biology and cover crop economics. Afternoon breakout sessions and farmer panels will deliver information relevant to small- and large-scale growers. Tickets are $20 to $60 and are available for a single day or the full conference.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Philadelphia Flower Show day trip set March 3

Lewes in Bloom is again sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, from the parking lot at the Five Points Shopping Center and will return around 6 p.m. Trip cost is $70 and includes transportation and a ticket to the show. The tickets are higher this year, and although this is a fundraising event for Lewes in Bloom, the cost remains unchanged from last year. This year’s show promises a lot of new ideas and should hit a nostalgic note as attendees remember when Grace Kelly became the Princess of Monaco. There will be a rose display in her honor. To register, go to For more information, contact Dennis Crawford at 302-827-4876 or

East Coast Garden Center named in Top 100 list

East Coast Garden Center ranked No. 81 on the 2019 Garden Center Top 100 Independent Garden Centers List, which was published in December. “Our Top 100 list includes some of the best companies in the garden center industry,” said Garden Center Editor Kate Spirgen. “It’s an honor to celebrate independent retailers and local businesses that contribute directly to their communities.”

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition,” said ECGC co-owner Chris Cordrey. “This achievement ties directly to our mission to provide our customers excellence in products, services and customer satisfaction.”

East Coast Garden Center has received many awards over its 20-year history. This is its first year to receive this Top 100 national industry award.

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.