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Cape Gazette GARDEN & FARM TUESDAY, APRIL 16 - THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013 27 Walter C. Hopkins Sr. of Lewes was recently elected to the Ag- First Farm Credit Bank Board of Directors for a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. Hopkins owns and operates Green Acres Farm, a family dairy farm in Lewes. The operation consists of 570 milk cows, 500 replacement heifers and 1,000 acres of corn, alfalfa, grass and small grain. Hopkins is a graduate of the University of Delaware with Walt Hopkins also a member Farm Bureau, a bachelor of science°degree in agricultural engineering. He serves on the board of directors for MidAtlantic Farm Credit, headquartered in Westmin- ster, Md. He is of the Delaware Land O'Lakes Co- operative, Genex Cooperative and the Delaware Holstein As- sociation. AgFirst Farm Credit Bank is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System and the largest financial institution headquar- tered in South Carolina. With reported assets of more than $28 billion, AgFirst provides funding and financial services t6 19 agricultural credit associations in 15 eastern states and Puerto Rico. line nded for claims by Hispanic,.women farmers and ranch Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the U.S. De- partment of Agriculture in past decades. All claims must now be filed by Wednesday, May 1. "Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced dis- criminatory practices in the past from the USDA have additional time to file a claim in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness," said Vilsack. "USDA urges po- tential claimants to contact the claims administrator for infor- mation and to file their claim packages on or before May 1, 2013." The process offers a volun- tary alternative to litigation for Briefly )) East Coast posts April events, travel, classes East Coast Garden Center of- fers a slate of events in April to celebrate the arrival of spring. Big Band with Mario Rocco will rock to the oldies, swing and sing to Sinatra Friday, April 19. Doors open at 6, showtime is 7 p.m.. Lite fare. $30 pp, $55 per couple, A Flower and Arts Festival is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur- day and Sunday, April 27 and 28. The weekend includes new spring plants and local artists who demonstrate, exhibit and sell their art. Families will enjoy face painting, hot dogs and more. For travel enthusiasts, Beyond the Garden Gates and Tulip Walk at Longwood Gardens comes Saturday, April 20. There will be demos, classes and discussions. Independent lunch, independent time. Cost is $49 pp. Bus departs East Coast Garden Center at 7:30 a.m. and Lowe's, Lewes at 7:45 a.m. Departs Longwood 3:30 p.m. April classes include the fol- lowing: 1 p.m., Saturday, April each Hispanic or female farmer All thOse interested in learning and rancher who can prove that more or receiving information USDA denied his or her applica- about the claims process and tion for loan or loan servicing claims packages are encouraged assistance for discriminatory to visit the website at any time reasons for certai.n time periods or to contact the call center tele- between 1981 and 2000. phone number 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., As announced in February Monday through Friday Eastern 2011, the voluntary claims pro- time. cess will make available at least Claim packages and Other $1.33 billion for cash awards and documentation may be mailed tax relief payments, plus up to to Hispanic and Women Farmers $160 million in farm debt relief, and Ranchers Claims Adminis- to eligible Hispanic and women trator, PO Box 4540, Portland, JUNIORS WIN AWARDS AT FFA STATE CONVENTION SUBMITTED PHOTO SUSSEX TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL juniors Jacob Adkins of Laurel and Damian Bluto of Millsboro placed second and third, respectively, in the Delaware FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Competition held during the recent Delaware FFA State Convention at the University of Delaware in Newark. This was the first time Sussex Tech FFA has competed in Extem- poraneous Speaking, and these two students represented their program well. The juniors are studying landscape management and environmen~=~. tal technologies. The competition is designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without having prepared or re- hearsed in advance. Thisgives FFA members an opportunity to formu- late their remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time. Stu- dents are given 30 minutes to prepare their speech. Each speech must be no less than four and no more than six minutes in length. The Delaware FFA State Convention is held annually in March, the same month the as- sociation was chartered back in 1930. Shown (I-r) juniors Bluto and Adkins are congratulated by Sussex Tech teacher and FFA advisor G.L. Jefferson after winning awards at the Dela- ware FFA State Convention. Documentary showcases Delaware, agriculture past and present farmers and ranchers. There are OR 97208-4540. Claim pack- no filing fees to participate in the ages and other documentation From early settlers to modern satellite systems, the history program, may also be emailed to claims@ and future of Delaware agricul- Callcenter representatives can Claimants may also be reached at 1-888-508-4429. fax claims packages and other ture are highlighted in a new Claimants may register for a documentation to 855-626-8343. documentary sponsored by claims package by calling the Completed forms and docu- the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the Delaware number or visiting www.farmer- mentation must be received no Humanities Forum. They may download later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on May The 30-minute film, "Delaware the forms from the website. 1, 2013. Agriculture: Farming in the First State," introduces viewers to the history of the state's agricul- 6: Daylilies with Dave Guleke, Cannon Museum at 210 Union St. tural industry and the depth and president of the Delaware Valley for $20. The event happens rain breadth of modern-day farming. Daylily Society, $5 pp; 10 a.m., or shine. For more information, It features decades of historic Tuesday, April 16: Gardens Big & reservations, or questions, call photographs, new interviews Small: Butterflies & Humming- Kathryn at 302-684-3804 or Ianey with six Delaware farmers and birds, $5 pp; 11 a.m., Saturday, at 302-703-2319 or check www. footage of their apple orchards, April 27: Cooking with Herbs,,grain farms, poultry operations free (part of Flowers and Arts and more. "Farming in Delaware Festival); 1 p.m., Sunday, April Flowers from Windsor's has a long and proud history, 28: Starting a Home Garden, free (part of Flowers and Arts now at Beebe 6i t Shop matchedand success°nlYofbYourthe strengthfarmers Festival). For information, res- The Beebe Medical Centertoday," said Secretary of Agri- ervations or registration call Auxiliary operates the Treasure culture Ed Kee, an agricultural 302-945-5853. Chest Thrift Shop in Midway historian who narrates the film. Shopping Center and the Beebe "This documentary will help Milton 6arden Club to Medical Center Gift Shop at the introduce Delaware residents to hospital in Lewes. At a recent their farmers and neighbors next sponsor annual tour gathering, R. Michael Clemmer, door, building awareness about The Milton Garden Club will auxiliary president, announced the contributions and challenges sponsor its 14th Annual Gar- that Windsor's Flowers and of agriculture today." den Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Plants of Lewes and Rehoboth The film was created and pro- Saturday, July 13. This is a self- Beach is now the provider of the duced by Wilmington-based guided walking tour within the fresh flowers available in the gift Teleduction and its nonprofit ini- historical district of Milton. The shop. An expanded assortment tiative, Hearts and Minds Film. tour will feature 11 private gar- of arrangements and specialized The Delaware Farm Bureau and dens and three business gardens, floral creations is available. The MidAtlantic Farm Credit also Tickets are $15 in advance or gift shop is open daily, and flow- provided support. $20 at the door. Advance tickets ers may be ordered by phone at It features farmers Stanley are available at Antiques in Mil- 302-645-3100, Ext. 5522 for deliv- C. West of Milford, a lima bean ton, Hillside Flowers, Peppers ery to hospital patients, grower; Jim and Janet Mitchell Greenhouses, Salon Milton, Mil- If interested in becoming an of Woodside Farm Creamery, ton Farmers Market and Lewes auxiliary member, call 302-645- Hockessin; Curt Fifer of Fifer Printing. Tickets will be offered 3538. For further information on Orchards, Camden-Wyoming; the day of the event at the Mil- the Treasure Chest Thrift Shop, Charlie Smith of T.S. Smith & ton Historical Society's Lydia B. call the shop at 302-644-2878. Sons, Bridgeville; Mark Collins of DMC Farms, Laurel, a water- melon grower; Charles Postles of Milford, a poultry farmer; Larry and Mike ]ester of ]ester Farms, grain farmers from Middletown; and Brandon Ashley Bonk of Wheel of Forttme Farm, Leipsic. It also highlights historic images from Delaware Public Archives and footage from the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, the Delaware State Fair and the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village. "This film offers view- ers a glimpse into the lands and lifestyles of farming operations unseen to those traversing state on Route 1," said Director Sharon Baker. "It also offers a wealth of imagery and infor- mation from Delaware's rich agricultural history." Initial funding for the film was provided by the Delaware Humanities Forum, a nonprofit educational grant-making orga- nization that is the state aff'lliat of the National Endowment for the Humanities. "We are impressed with Tel duction's sensitive portrayal of Delawareans telling their stories in their own words. In Delaware, farming is a significant part of the state's identity," said Marl- lyn P. Whittington, Delaware Humanities Forum executive director. "Ms. Baker is a good partner in this effort to celebrate and preserve Delaware's indu . trial history." The film will be featured on WHYY-TV later this spring and shown at events through the Delaware Humanities Forum. The trailer is currently online at Content Delaware.