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Garden and Farm Briefs

Mar 05, 2015

Millsboro indoor farmers market to run Tuesdays through April 28

The indoor farmers market being held at East Coast Garden Center from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays will be extended through April 28. Both vendors and attendees have voiced their opinions and decided to prolong the farmers market enjoyment into the spring.There are 21 unique local vendors selling their goods, and there is something for everyone. Each week, there will be music or a demonstration to learn how to best use the items the vendors are selling. The indoor farmers market is held at The Cordrey Center, 30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro.For more information, call 302-945-3489 or go to eastcoastgardencenter.com.

NRCS organic initiative applications due March 20

Delaware agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic production may qualify for technical and financial assistance through a national organic initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Applications for the first ranking period of 2015 are due at NRCS offices by Friday, March 20, for funding consideration during fiscal year 2015.Organic producers can receive up to $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six years through the special organic funding. The assistance targets over two dozen core conservation practices, including planting cover crops, establishing integrated pest management plans, constructing seasonal high tunnels and implementing nutrient management systems consistent with organic certification standards.

Eligible producers include those certified through USDA’s National Organic Program, those transitioning to certified organic production, and those who meet organic standards but are exempt from certification because their gross annual organic sales are less than $5,000.The Organic Initiative funding is provided through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a voluntary conservation program that promotes farm production while improving environmental quality. Producers must meet all other eligibility requirements associated with EQIP to be eligible.

Under EQIP Organic Initiative contracts, historically underserved producers, including beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged and veterans, may be eligible for increased financial assistance.Producers interested in applying for the EQIP Organic Initiative funding can submit applications anytime to their local NRCS Service Center. In Sussex County, call 302-856-3990, Ext. 3 or go to www.de.nrcs.usda.gov.

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