Nearly four acres of food production space, including a year-round production operation will all be possible, thanks to DOW-Dupont’s Corteva Agriscience™ donation of $400,000.
NEWARK (DE): It was a ground-breaking announcement at the future home of the Food Bank of Delaware at 222 Lake Drive in Newark Tuesday morning. Patricia Beebe, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware made the announcement.
“We are thankful that Corteva Agriscience™ believes in the vision and opportunities that are presented here at 222 Lake Drive. 222 Lake Drive will not be a traditional food bank warehouse. It will be a hub of innovation as we work to end hunger in the First State. This farm will enable us to train Delawareans and grow our own foods to support both social enterprise businesses and our traditional hunger-relief programs.”, Beebe said.
The Food Bank of Delaware distributes millions of pounds of products each year to its network of 536 hunger-relief program partners throughout the state and also provides thousands of meals a month for children through the After-School Nutrition Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Backpack Program. The Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs provide for Delawareans at risk of going without meals each year. The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, the Food Bank’s workforce development arm, provides training for adults interested in careers in the food service industry.
Key speakers included Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, LT. Governor Bethany Hall Long, and Krysta Harden, external affairs and chief sustainability officer at Corteva Agriscience™, who said, “Corteva Agriscience™ is proud collaborate with the Food Bank of Delaware to provide hunger-relief programs through the new four-acre farm, we’re committed to addressing food security issues on both a global and local scale. The Corteva Agriscience™ Farm demonstrates the commitment we have to providing sustainable solutions for food security.”
Corteva Agriscience™ provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture. PioneeP, Encirca@, the newly launched Brevant'” Seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products – while bringing new products to market through a solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies.
Through the Corteva Agriscience™ Farm, the Food Bank of Delaware will also launch a new workforce training program in agriculture this fall that will enable the organization to train five students annually for jobs in the agricultural industry. This program will operate alongside the Food Bank’s current food service workforce training program, The Culinary School, and a future program in warehousing and logistics.
“Access to nutritious food is the bedrock of healthy living, and by investing in the Food Bank of Delaware Farm, Corteva Agriscience™ is making meaningful strides in providing Delawareans with much-needed nourishment,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “l applaud the Food Bank of Delaware and Corteva Agriscience™ for their efforts to not only tackle hunger in the First State but also to train Delawareans on how to grow their own food. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I look forward to continuing our partnership in finding innovative ways to help everyone access good and healthy food.”
“Far too many people in Delaware do not have access to healthy, nutritious food”, said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. The Food Bank of Delaware and Corteva Agriscience™ understand that hunger is directly linked to sustainable agriculture. This partnership will provide Delawareans with better access to the food they need, improve nutrition, and help train the next generation of leaders to ensure agriculture continues as a leader of industry in our state. This is truly a win-win, and I commend them both their leadership and vision to make Delaware stronger and healthier.”
In addition to nearly four acres of food production space with year-round production capability, Food Bank of Delaware intends to create:
● Expanded volunteer opportunities to involve community in expansion project.
● Educational garden spaces used to provide community members with skills to grow their own food.
● A robust workforce development curriculum capable of preparing
individuals for AG industry occupations.
● A calendar of workshops conducted by experts from around Delaware, enhancing our AG curriculum and community outreach.
● A self-guided nature trail open to the public Active honeybee colonies to aid in pollination and productivity of crops.
● Wet meadow regions, acting as bio-filters and maintaining insect
Following the formal announcement, students from The Culinary School, the Food Bank’s 14-week culinary arts training program for adults who are unemployed, underemployed and in career transition, prepared a local farm to table breakfast. The breakfast featured foods from local Delaware producers including Fifer Orchards, T.A. Farms, Evans Farms, the Delaware Nature Society and more.