Thanks to a grant from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 40 fruit trees were planted at Penn Farm today, the only student-run farm in the state of Delaware. DE Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, other elected officials, and invited guests helped plant the trees following a brief dedication ceremony.

The orchard is dedicated to Discover after the credit card giant donated funding to support future student field trips to the orchard and children’s educational garden. Students from New Castle Elementary School, which is also supported by Discover, entertained guests by singing their rendition of a song entitled “Dirt Made My Lunch.”

Following the sign unveiling, guests were transported to the orchard and will took turns planting the trees with students from William Penn High School.

“The orchard will be a great resource for the Penn Farm Program. Not only will it facilitate additional hands on learning opportunities for students at William Penn High School’s agriculture program and elementary school field trips, but it also has historical significance. This is the first time that Penn Farm will have fruit trees on its property since the original tenant, John Crow in 1810!” said Nutrition Services Supervisor, Paula Angelucci.

Discover has been a longtime business supporter of Colonial schools. “Discover as a company focuses not only on our customers and employees but also on the communities where we live and work. One of our key pillars focuses on supporting education, and not just in the classrooms. We are proud to continue our support of Colonial School District in their new student-run farm initiative.” said Director of Regional Operations, Jeff Moran.

Penn Farm is located at 791 Frenchtown Road, New Castle, DE 19720.