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Cape Gazette GARDEN & FARM -TUESDAY. JULY 31 - THURSDAY AUGUST 2, 2012 23 CARPER TOURS LAVENDER FIELDS TALKS ABOUT FARM BILL RACHEL SWICK MAVITY PHOTOS SEN. TOM CARPER VtSWED LAVENDER F!ELDS at Warrington Manor near Coolspring July 16 to tour the 8-year-old farm and talk about the future of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill has been passed by the U.S. Senate, but a versionhas not been passed by the House. Carper talked to Hattie Allen, a Lewes-area farmer, about the challenges facing Congress as it tries to plan for the future of agriculture. Alien, who farms on about an acre, said many Delaware residents depend on the food stamp I:irogram, now known as the supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP. She urged Carper to consider expanding fundingto the program in the future. Owners of Lavender Fields, Sharon Harris and Marie Mayor, talked to Carper about how lavender is grown, dried and used in many products, from soap to cooking herbs. The third owner, Mary Ann Etu, was away from the farm during Carper's visit. Carper talks about harvesting lavender, which is done'with a scythe like the one in Carper's hand. Then the lavender is bun- died and hung to dry. Shown are (14) Carper and Lavender Fields owners Sharon Harris and Marie Mayor. Sen. Tom Carper,, left, talks to a Lavender Fields farmhand, Carlton Coleman, about various vegetables also grown on the farm. Most of the vegetables grown are used by farm employees or donated to charity, Carper touches some lavender hung in an at- tic to dry at Lavender Fields, with Sharon Har- ris, one of the three owners of the farm. Far right, visitors to the lavender farm are able see how lavender grows. Shown are (I-r,) Stfaron Harris of Laven- der Fields, Hattie Allen of Hattie's Garden out- side Lewes and Sen, Tom Carper. EAST COAST GARDEN CENTER TO OFFER BUTTERFLY CLASS FEW PEOPLE KNOW that butterflies use their feet to sense which plants 1[hey like for nectar. Partici pants will earn about this and many more inter- esting butterfly facts at the class sched- uled for i0 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at East Coast Garden Center near Mills- boro. Butterflies are important pollinators. Students will learn which perennials, shrubs and trees to plant in order to fur- ther their life cycle. Some other classes and events coming up are Fall Espaliers, Container Contest, Everything You Wanted to Know about Agriculture, Organic Gardening on the Coast, Harvest Festival and more. Pre- register for these classes and events at the garden center by calling 302,945- 3489. More information is available at SUBMITTED PHOTO Briefly )) Forest service accepting applications The Delaware Forest Service is completed grant forms to Urban, and Community Forestry Pro- gram, 2320 South DuPont High- way, Dover, DE 19901. Public hearings on now accepting applications for regulations set its annual Url an & Community The Delaware Department of Forestry Grant Program. Munici- palities and homeowner groups can apply for up to $5,000 in matched funding for projects that increase tree canopy, devel- op and implement tree manage- ment plans, xemove hazardous trees or use trees to mitigate stormwater runoff. Each appli- cant must match its grant on a 50-50 cost-share basis. Complete details are available at http://delawaretrees .com. The application deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1, No email or fax submissions will be accepted. For more information, contact Marcia Fox at 302-659-6704 or Mail Agriculture will hold three pub- lic hearings next month to gather, public comment on regulations under Gov. lack Markell's Execu- tive Order 36, a statewide review by all agencies to identify and re- move regulatory hurdles. The Sussex County hearing is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Mon- day, Aug. 6, at the University of Delaware's Carvel Research and Education Center, 15483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Public comment also will be accepted through Oct. 1. Com- ments can also be submitted at online at utiveOrder36.shtml.