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22 TUESDAY, JUNE 17 - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 GARDEN & FARM Cape Gazette Annual Lewes Garden Tour features lectures, market June 21 The 18th annual Lewes Garden Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 21, spon- sored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. The self-guided tour of eight private gardens in the historic town of Lewes, will include a garden market with vendors spe- cializing in garden-related retail items, free lectures on garden- ing-related topics, musical enter- tainment in Zwaanendael Park by Foot Light Productions, and FSA seeks nominations for county committees; deadline Aug. 1 The Farm Service Agency's Delaware office recently an- nounced farmer and rancher candidate nominations have be- gun for local Farm Service Agency county committees. The nomination period continues through Friday, Aug. 1. Elections take place this fall "I encourage all producers to participate in the county com- mittee election process by nomi- nating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline," said Richard L. Bergold, executive director for the U.S. Department of A4gricul- ture's (USD,s) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Delaware. "We are counting on as much partici- pation as possible, because coun- ty committees are an important link between the farm communi- ty and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have seen a trend in recent years of in- creased nominations of minority and women producers and we hope that will continue." To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. Producers may also nominate themselves, and organizations representing minorities and women may also nominate can- didates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and other valuablh information about FSA county committee elections are available online at; click on News & Events, then County Commit- tee Elections. Nomination forms for the 2008 election must be postmarked or received in the lo- cal USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1. FSA county committee mem- bers make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodi- ty price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Members serve three- year terms. Nationwide, there are more than 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible local produc- ers. FSA will mail ballots to pro- ducers beginning Nov. 3. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via marl or in person by Dec. 1. Newly elected committee members and alternates take of- fice Jan. 1, 2009. S working artists and quilters in the gardens. A lecture on water garden in- staUation by Richard Koogle, di- rector of operations for Lilypons Water Gardens, Buckeystown, Md., will be held in one of the private gardens. Garden lectures in Zwaanen- dael Park will include a 1 p.m. presentation by Christopher Valenti, owner of JB Landscap- ing;, a 1:45 p.m. lecture by Brenda Brady, Master Gardener; and a 2:45 p.m. presentation by Warren Golde, owner of Garden Dreams. A food tent will be in the Park throughout the day, featuring food by Kupchick's Comer Mar- ket. A directional map and lecture schedule will be included with ticket purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce located at 120 Kings Highway in the Fisher- Martin House. Pay by charge (Visa and MasterCard) by calling the chamber or by sending a check to the chamber, and the tickets will be held for pick up at the chamber's offices. For more information, call 645- 8073. Bethany Beach Farmers' Market PNC Bank Parking Lot Bethany Beach Sundays 8 a.m.--Noon June 29--August 31 Milford Farmers' Market North Walnut Street @ Riverwalk Park Milford Saturdays 9 a.m.--1 p.m. April 26--September 27 Delaware State University Farmers' Market DSU Administration Parking Lot Dover Saturdays 10 a.m.--2 p.m. May 17--October 4 Little Italy Farmers' Market 7th Street & Bancroft Parkway Wilmington Saturdays 8 a.m.--Noon May 17--September 27 Fenwick Island Farmers ' Market Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Com- merce Parking Lot Fenwick Island Fridays 8 a.m.--Noon June 27--August 29 Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market Grove Park Rehoboth Beach. Tuesdays N0on--4 p.m. June 3--October 14 Historic Lewes Farmers' Market Lewes Historical Society Lewes Saturdays 8 a.m.--Noon June7 September 13 Wilmington Farmers' Market Rodney Square Wilmington Wednesdays 10 a.m.--2 p.m. May 14---October 29 II