Garden & Farm Briefs Winter 2019-20

March 30, 2020

Local students earn Delaware FFA proficiency awards

At the 90th Delaware State FFA Convention in Dover in March, Delaware FFA members from across the state earned state proficiency awards. Local students recognized include William "Jacob" Smith of Milford, Specialty Animal Production; and Delaney Zolper of Cape Henlopen, Swine Production-Placement. Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Proficiency awards provide recognition to members who are exploring and becoming established in agricultural career pathways.

Farm bureau awards blue jackets to FFA students

Blue corduroy jackets, a symbol of the traditions and fellowship shared by all FFA members, were presented to local students by the Delaware Farm Bureau during the 90th annual Delaware FFA conference.

Richard Wilkins, farm bureau president, said, ”When you put on this blue and gold jacket, you’re representing the traditions and the spirits of citizenship, of leadership, of vocational education.” This year, 44 students received the gift of an FFA blue jacket through the program. Since 2015, Delaware Farm Bureau has awarded 291 jackets totaling $17,525 through the program.

Local awardees for 2020 include Sussex Central High School students Elizabeth Houseman, Breyden Wright, Katerine Gutierrez, Leilani Brogan, Kailie Olszewski and Rebecca Tripp.

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.