Some Delaware high school students will take part in the revitalization of Penn Farm in New Castle.
Trustees of New Castle Common are trying to make the historic farm more accessible and productive. Delaware Greenways manages and operates the farm as a center for sustainable urban agriculture. The Colonial School District received approval from the Delaware Department of Education to implement several learning experiences for students as part of its Race to the Top initiative. Horticulture students will be able to work directly with farmers and Greenways staff members to learn about growing crops, managing land,and studies in agri-science. Other components focus on floriculture, the business and marketing of produce, culinary arts, ecology, sociology and history. The Penn Farm, adjacent to William Penn High School on Route 273, has the capability to involve more than 400 students in the first year. More details about the program are being announced later today (Friday).