Delaware Nature Society opens new market, farm education building
WILMINGTON, Del. — Closed for the past year due to COVID, the Delaware Nature Society’s Coverdale Farm Preserve re-opened this spring offering a new market, family-friendly farm activities and education classes.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael T. Scuse and National Wildlife Federation President & Chief Executive Officer Collin O’Mara and other officials was held June 4.
“We are so pleased to launch this new market in our Agriculture Education Building while highlighting how protecting the environment and farming techniques go hand in hand,” said Delaware Nature Society executive director Anne Harper. “We are grateful for Secretary Scuse joining us today and the chance to shine a light on regenerative agriculture techniques.”
The 377-acre property in Greenville, Del., is comprised of a 177-acre working farm and 200-acre nature preserve.
The property has been a working farm for nearly 300 years. The new Agriculture Education Building is Phase 1 of Delaware Nature Society’s multi-year plan to become a leader in the demonstration and education of regenerative agriculture. The farm is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“Through the ability to visit a working farm like Coverdale, the public can connect with where their food is grown. It is a fantastic opportunity for a child to have a hands-on experience to understand how fruits, vegetables, meats, and fiber are produced. That experience can spark a child’s interest in agriculture that can lead to a future career,” said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse. “And it’s the understanding that farmers care about the environment because good stewardship ensures that future generations have locally grown food to feed their families.”
Harper said the farm focuses on regenerative agriculture techniques which mimic natural processes to: Minimize soil disturbance and build soil health; maintain living roots year-round; maximize crop diversity and on-farm bio-diversity; integrate livestock and eliminating the use of synthetic chemicals.