August 2013 archive

Extension to teach National ServSafe food safety course in September, 2013

Is the food you are eating prepared safely? Knowledgeable, well-trained staff equals customer confidence!

The University of Delaware Sussex County Cooperative Extension office in Georgetown will offer two different levels of food safety courses, ServSafe® and Dine Safe in September, 2013. Workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Both ServSafe® and Dine Safe are appropriate for any individual who works for the food industry (restaurant, church cafeteria, school) or who handles, prepares and serves food to the public.

Food safety in a food service establishment is non-negotiable; each year, an estimated 6 to 12 million Americans contract a food-borne illness as a result of micro-organism contamination. These illnesses are preventable. Proper training is the key to preparing food in a safe environment.

Dr. Anne Camasso, Family & Consumer Science educator for Sussex Cooperative Extension, is a certified ServSafe instructor and a registered ServSafe proctor. She teaches both ServSafe and Dine Safe at the Carvel Facility in Georgetown. Camasso said employee instruction in food safety practices is not only vital, but makes good business sense.

“With all the information about food borne illnesses in the news today people want to make sure they get the best for their money, restaurants who can demonstrate that they have done all in their power to provide safe, as well as tasty food, have a better chance of bringing in the business, ” says Camasso. “If someone from your restaurant takes either of these classes, post a copy of their certificate in your facility so show your patrons that you care.”

ServSafe logo 2012

The ServSafe® program is the premiere food safety certification offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The program is designed for the food-service professional.

A ServSafe® certificate from the NRAEF will be awarded to individuals who complete the course and receive a passing grade on the written exam. The cost of $150 for the course covers the training, textbook, lunch, and certification examination from the NRAEF. A reduced course fee of $130 is available for three or more registrants from one establishment. A ServSafe certification is valid for five years and is nationally recognized.

Delaware Dine Safe is a three hour short course designed to focus on the basic principles of food safety and handling. Each participant receives a training guide with the information covered in the program. The instructor will use presentations and hands-on activities to reinforce the lessons taught. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The Dine Safe training concentrates on five food service topics: Food Safety; Ensuring Proper Personal Hygiene; Purchasing, Receiving and Storing Foods; Preparing Cooking and Serving Food; and Cleaning and Sanitizing. The Dine Safe short course is $25. Dine Safe can be scheduled at a business location provided there are at least 10 employees enrolled.

It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. If you have special needs, please advise the office upon registering.

Below is the course schedule and contact numbers:

ServSafe® will be taught on:

  • Tues., Sept. 24, 2013

All ServSafe® classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadlines to register for ServSafe® are approximately three weeks prior to class date, in order for student to obtain and study materials for the national exam.

Dine Safe ($25) will be offered on:

  • Wed., Sept.10,2013. The class runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

There is no exam for Dine Safe.

For a full listing of all food safety classes county and statewide and to download registration forms please visit our food safety website at http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/food-safety/ For more information contact Kim Lewis at 302-856-2585 ext 542.

Child care credits, accepted by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing are available with both courses. Please notify us at registration if you will require a OCCL certificate.

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Extension Vegetable & Fruit Open House August 14

Extension Vegetable & Fruit Program Open House
Wednesday, August 14, 2013    4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947

Come see and hear about many of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Vegetable and Fruit Program’s field research projects from the 2013 season.

Watermelons: potassium, growth regulators, nitrogen and irrigation, stress mitigation

Sweet Corn: fresh market Bt sweet corn variety trials, processing corn stand reduction

Lima Beans: tillage, stress mitigation, rhizobium inoculants, regrowth cropping, disease resistance breeding, pole, Fordhook and baby lima bean breeding will be discussed

Fruit: blueberries, grapes, blackberries

Other: nitrogen sources, mulch color, processing snap bean crop tillage, onions

We will also have graduate students on hand to discuss their research in these areas: Phytophthora capsici in lima beans, root knot nematodes in lima beans, watermelon fruit set

Dinner featuring local produce will be served.

Sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware.

Please pre-register by August 9 by contacting Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext. 540 or adams@udel.edu.

In August Master Gardeners offer workshops on hostas, insect safari

 

Sussex County Master Gardeners will offer two workshops in August.  On Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m., Master Gardener Vickie Thompson will conduct a workshop on hostas.  Learn about these easy-to-grow, shade-loving perennials known for their beautiful foliage.  See examples of several different colors, sizes and leaf styles.  Also, become familiar with the many uses for this plant in containers and in the landscape.  There will be information on how to plant and care for hostas and what to do when insects or disease attack.

You just have to look! You might encounter a Fritillary butterfly in the garden!

You just have to look! You might encounter a Fritillary butterfly in the garden!

Grownups, kids and grand kids will enjoy a workshop scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., “You Just Have To Look for Butterflies and Other Interesting Creatures in the Garden.”  A lively presentation and a storyteller will lead up to a jungle safari through the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. Bring the children or come by yourself.

Both workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del.  You must pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, tammys@udel.edu.  or http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/. These workshops are free. Come early or stay late to enjoy the Demonstration Garden behind the building.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.