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;i III i 26 TUESDAY, APRIL 16 - THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013 Cape Gazette State approves grant for eggs. The refrigeration tempera: ture prevents development from starting." 22,000-square-foot expansion The eggs are monitored, vac- cinated and allowed to develop. By Rachel Swick Mavity hired. The remaining 36 hatchery Twenty-one days later, the eggs employees will come from other hatch, Tirrell said. areas of the facility. "Then the chicks are taken to Mountaire Farms Inc. near "This is a win for the agricul- 300 local farms for the growing Millsboro has started an $8.5 ture industry, the environment cycle," Tirrell said. million project to build a new and a win for Delaware, keeping Raised by regional farmers for hatchery with help from a state the economy going here, creating seven to eight weeks, the chick, grant, jobs," said Delaware Economic ens are trucked back to Millsboro Last week, Mountalre officials Development Office Director for processing, and the whole received a $255,000 grant from Alan Levin. "Chickeh is a nutri- procedure can begin again. the Delaware Strategic Fund to tious product, and the fact it is "This is also an opportunity for build the hatchery, expected to made in Delaware makes it even chicken growers, because with increase.chick production from better." the hatchery here, we will need 750,000 to 1.8 million each week. Mountalre, which has another more growers," Tirrell said. Mountaire Vice President of hatchery in Princess Anne, Md., Despite drought last year and Human Resources and Business started planning the hatchery higher com and soybean prices, Services Mike Tirrell said the expansion last year, when of- Tirrell sald Mountaire is expand- project is driven by customer ficials decided to add on to an ing because demand for chicken demand, existing building in Millsboro. continues to grow. The company may seek other The 22,000-square-foot expan- "Our customers are asking us grants, but at this point the rest sion will result in 85,000 square for more, but I am not sure if that of the money is coming from feet of hatchery space, is affected by what other com- Mountaire, he said. Eggs to supply the new hatch- panics are doing," Tirrell said "Mountaire has been in Mills- ery will come from Mountaire's about changes in Sussex County boro since 2000, and we are breeder operation in North Caro- chicken operations after Harim constantly updating," Tirrell said. lina. Nearly 200,000 eggs will of South Korea bought bankrupt In 2000, the $35 million resource arrive at the Mountalre plant by Allen Family Foods. Allen Harim recovery plant was built; updates tractor trailer, is also increasing Operations in to processing procedures and "Just because the eggs arrive existing facilities and is expand- equipment have followed, but ' at the same time, doesn't mean ing processing operations atthe hatchery construction, which they will hatch at the same time," former Vlasic pickle plant in began last month, is one of the Tirrell said. Millsboro. largest projects since 2000. "They are stored in refriger- 'As our customers grow, their Mountaire employs 1,641 peo- ated rooms until the designated demand for products grows," ple in Millsboro, and Tirrell said time to start the development Tirrell said. "We are trying to four additional workers will be process for a specific group of supply them the best we can." i{|li MOUNTAIRE FARMS INC. is adding on to this make way for an 85,000-square-foot hatchery. RACHEL SWICK MAVITY PHOTOS building near Millsboro to Construction has startedon the new Mountaire hatchery, which is expected to be completed by October. A wonderful person is said to be a good egg, but not everyone is a good egg. Since 1796 or so, in polite company you might not call someone a witch but rather say she was "fly-by-night." Then about 1823, "fly-by-night" came to mean what it does today, a person who runs away in the middle of the night to avoid customers and creditors, Shady business. .A gardener's shady business is even tougher. Few plants grow well in shade, and evhn fewer flower in shade. A great plant that isn't grown for its flowers but its leaves is ;ers in the perennial hosta Sum and Substance. This easy-care giant grows into impressive clumps of huge, showy yellow-green leaves. Sum and Substance hosta lives up to its name and can reach 30 inches tall and five feet across when grown in rich, well- draining soil. But shady folks and shady gardens both need some col- orful surroundings, so. the shade-loving Ligularia Britt-Ma- rie Crawford brightens any dark garden. A GARDENER'S SHADY BUSINESS IS EVEN TOUGHER. FEW PLANTS GROW WELL IN SHADE, AND EVEN FEWER FLOWER IN SHADE. It really and truly looks like a tropical plant with its huge, leathery leaves that are dark green on top with a dark, nearly black or purple underside. The midsummer treat is when they burst into bloom with bright yel- low blossoms hanging in dense racemes. These flower spikes art 18 to 24 inches long on plants that grow three to five feet tall. The Rocket is another wide- ly available variety. Ligularias (Ligularia stenocephala) prefer partial to full shade and are per- fectly hardy in USDA Zones 4-8 Plant them so the crown of the plant is iust an inch beneath the soil. Tamp down the soil to re- move any air pockets and water thoroughly. Ligularias are a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. Because both the foliage and flowers are attractive, this easy- to-grow perennial is perfect for foundation plantings, woodsy gardens, shady spots and wher- ever you need a low-maintenance dramatic planting. They also do well along streams, and the edges of ponds and woods. Be sure to keep them well watered and never let them dry out, especially during the heat of summer. You can grow them in full sun, but they tend to wilt no matter how well watered; they can recover at LIGULARIAS ARE A FAVORITE of butterflies and hummingbirds. the end of the day. Farm (www.Whiteflowerfarm. Plant them in well-draining com or P.O. Box 50, Route 63, soil with lots of compost. Mulch Litchfield, Connecticut 06759, with a layer of organic mulch 1-800-420-2852) or ]ung Seed such as leaves or straw to keep ( or by phone the soil moist. Ligularias really at 800-297-3123). have no serious pests or diseases, Match Ligularias up with Sum though you may see some dam- and Substance hosta for a bright age from slugs and snails. If your spot in any dark place. They clumps of either Sum and Sub- seem to iust go together well. stance hosta or Ligularia grow Shady characters tend to hang too big, divide them in the spring, out together. You can get Ligularia fromPaul Barbano writes about gardening from garden centers or by mail from his home in Rehoboth Beach. Contact him by nurseries such as White Flower writing to P. O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958,