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52 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 Food for Future topic of Soil and Water Stewardship Week Gov. Ruth Ann Minner recently signed a proclamation announc- ing April 27 to May 4 as Soil Stewardship Week. During the ceremonies in Dover, the gover- nor also presented the Governor's Conservation Award to three agri- cultural and three urban nominees who have provided conservation benefits to the environment in a variety of ways, whether on the farm or in the city. Sussex County award winners included Latty Hoch and Mike and Paul Connor. Hoch, who operates a farm near Milton, has five Conservation Re- serve Enhancement Program con- tracts administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol for 182 acres of hardwood trees, 10 acres of wildlife plant- ings, 30 acres of wetland restora- tion, and two wildlife ponds. His farm is a wildlife haven for area deer, turkey, quail and other species. He also participates in the Natural Resources Conservation Service Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program. Brothers Mike and Paul Con- nors of Christiana Construction were recommended as a result of their cooperative nature and de- sire to adhere to approved sedi- ment and stormwater manage- ment plans. Christiana Construc- tion, of Newark and Lewes, has constructed several large projects in Rehoboth and Bethany Beach during 2002, including residential projects such as The Sanctuary and Stable Farms. In their team efforts, the Connors are very con- scious about providing temporary and permanent stabilization, which is critical for minimizing the transportation of sediment in- to waterways. By working with district staff, having a working understanding of sediment control and by complying with the district approved plan, Christiana Con- struction has been an exemplary company. Other winners included James R. Correll, agriculture, New Cas- tle County; Delaware Center for Horticulture, urban, New Castle County; H. Ronald Webb and Scott Webb, agriculture, Kent County; and Delaware State Uni- versity, Rep. Nancy Wagner, DNREC, city of Dover, DelDOT, Kent County Levy Court, Kent Conservation District, Silver Lake Water Quality Forebay Pro- ject, urban, Kent County. This year's Soil and Water Stewardship Week Proclamation recognizes that the ability to feed a word that could grow to eight billion by 2030 is a serious task that will require a serious stew- ardship ethic among all citizens, according to the organizers of the observance. "Despite our struggles over technical and ethical questions in- volved in increasing food produc- tion, the world's food still de- pends on an adequate supply of good farmland," said Ron Breed- ing, chairperson of the Delaware Association of Conservation Dis- triets (DACD), local sponsor of this year's Soil and Water Stew- ardship Week. "Our conservation districts are in the business of providing con- servation technical assistance to farmers and ranchers on private working lands who want to re- duce soil erosion, improve water quality and make a better home for wildlife," he said. DACD, a voluntary, nonprofit alliance, provides a forum for dis- cussion and coordination among the districts as they work to en- sure'the wise use of and treatment of renewable resources. Using this association as their coordinat- ing force, the districts will help lead the way in conservation ef- forts for Delaware's future. Delaware has a wealth of natural resources that provide priceless benefits to Delawareans. Continu- ing to work to conserve these re- sources and improve the state's environment is the steadfast goal of the districts. The DACD and its conservation partners believe a quality environment in Delaware is achievable with the full com- mitment of its citizens. The special observance, Food for the Future, addresses the most basic issue any society faces and one of the most complex. In to- day's world and for tomorrow's needs, an ample food supply re- quires productive soils and ample water quantities; a wide and di- verse variety of food crops; an economic and social system that provides peace and security for its people; a transportation and dis- tribution network; and a global network of support. "While providing food for the future may seem out of our grasp, each of us can do something around our own place to conserve our natural resources," Breeding said. For more information, call Sus- sex Conservation District at 856- 3990. Business art seminar registration set May 5 More than 40 artists, craftsmen and representatives from Delaware's art industry have reg- istered for The Business of Art: Creating Success, a one-day semi- nar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon- day, May 5, at the Delaware Cen- ter for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington. The featured speaker will be Libby Platus, an internationally known business artist, consultant and lecturer from Los Angeles, Calif. Platus' morning session will include pricing for profit, record keeping, meeting financial goals and a launching party. Fol- lowing lunch, she will help partic- ipants determine their market, teach them how to promote their work, approach consultants, artist representatives and galleries; how to plan a museum tour, craft fair or art show, how to gain a reputation as an artist and explore alternative markets and avenues for selling. This seminar is targeted toward craftsmen, artists, commercial artists, gallery owners and those in the arts business who want to learn new techniques for survival in today's business world. Platus will discuss the changing climate for art in America and share infor- mation on how to become self- sufficient through arts organiza- tions and others in the arts busi- ness world. This workshop is sponsored by the Delaware Center for the Con- temporary Arts, Delaware Small Business Development Center and Delaware Technical & Communi- ty College. The cost of $45 in- eludes lunch and materials. To register, call the Delaware Small Business Development Center in Georgetown at 856-1555. Families in Crisis to hold annual conference May 9 Raymond E. Lloyd Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the annum Families in Crisis conference, to be held Friday, May 9 at the Carter Partnership Center on Delaware Technical & Community College's Owens campus. Lloyd, chair of the Human Technologies Program, will speak on five building blocks that create stronger families. There will be many exhibits for visitors, as well as morning and af- ternoon workshops. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more in- formation, call 855-5988. Elder planning workshop set May 22 in Lewes The Lewes Senior Center will sponsor a workshop for seniors in- terested in financial planning at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 22. Registered investment adviser John Boraski will present the workshop, which will discuss tax reduction for seniors, pitfalls to avoid, increasing retirement in- come, asset protection, appropri- ate investments and more. Refreshments will be served and there is no admission cost. To reserve a place, call 227-6850.