University of Delaware

Mike Popovich

Natural Resource Manager, UD Fresh to You

Mike Popovich is the farm manager for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). He oversees the Garden for the Community, which began in 2009 and transformed into a retail opportunity in 2014. As the garden expanded in 2015, incorporating high tunnels for season extension, the retail aspect grew to include the fresh market farm stand, netting $10,000 to $20,000 in annual sales. Popovich and his student interns also maintain relationships with about 10 restaurants, focusing on farm-to-table establishments to showcase CANR farm products. In addition, Popovich leads trainings for beginning farmers, twilight and class tours and outreach to local high schools/grade schools and partners with UD Athletics to provide nutritional assets to student-athletes.

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