The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is Beautifying and Feeding the State by Developing Urban Farms

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

Food insecurity in Delaware is improving thanks to the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. They have been developing urban farms and gardens across the state, bringing fresh produce and flowers to areas that wouldn’t have access to otherwise. The Cooperative Extension helps these areas by providing various maintenance services including soil testing, plant pest identification, and disease diagnostics.

However, these farms are going beyond basic planting and harvesting. For example, the Planting Hope Urban Farm in New Castle has been using their space and skills to provide patients at the Terry Psychiatric Center, the Delaware Psychiatric Center, and the Division for the Visually Impaired with gardening activities, farming education, and a cooking demonstration.

The Planting Hope Urban Farm’s community involvement is just one example of the great things Delaware’s urban farms are doing, thanks to the support of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. To learn more about their impact, read more here.

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