Tahoe Master Gardener Training Under way
UCCE Master Gardener program is coming to the Lake Tahoe Basin! The
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) - Central
Sierra, in partnership with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District,
is launching the inaugural Lake Tahoe Master Gardener (MG) volunteer
program. We are currently training a class of eighteen stellar
Master Gardeners, who will soon be ready to assist the basin
community with research-based information about home horticulture and
gardening. (Continue reading...)
Impossible in Calaveras?
Hotel Leger - Hotel Impossible
travel show, Hotel Impossible arrived in Calaveras County. Historic
Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill was chosen for a "hotel
makeover." Calaveras Master Gardeners were recruited by County
Supervisor, Steve Wilensky to take charge of the volunteer landscape
crew. Over 200 local volunteers were involved in painting, carpentry,
concrete work, and landscaping. Master Gardener, Novella Springer
volunteered to take charge of the landscape crew. Novella organized
the crew, came up with a plan and the landscape plan was successfully
carried out. The show should air sometime in January or February. We
will keep you informed as to the viewing schedule.
you like to learn how to safely preserve food and help teach our
communities safe food preservation. The Master Food Preservers is a
great group of volunteers. The Program Training for Amador/Calaveras
counties is gearing up to begin. Please put your name on our interest list
to receive more information about training if you would like to join
Classes Offered by
Vinegars, Mustards & Condiments
Apples, Pears & More
Cranberries, Winter Squash & Turkey
Persimmons, Kiwi & Nuts
Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners
Fall in the Garden
Open Garden & Plant Sale
Fall Planting: Natives & Bulbs
you need assistance or require special accommodations for any of our
educational programs, please contact us at 530-621-5502.
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) wants to keep
you informed about what's happening! We host many workshops
throughout the year, as well as the Master Gardener and Master Food
Preserver Programs conducting free classes open to the public. You
will also find up-to-date 4-H information inside this
newsletter. Please read on for more information!
Kocher: New UCCE Advisor
Susie Kocher, Natural Resources Advisor
Susie Kocher now has a career position as the UCCE
advisor in Central Sierra for forestry and natural resources. For the
past six years, she has been grant-funded and serving as an advisor
for natural resources, focusing on reducing the negative impacts of
wildfire from her base in South Lake Tahoe. To reach more land
owners and resource managers, she has developed the Forest Research and
Outreach website and the forest stewardship
As a member of the Central Sierra multi-county
partnership, she will be serving El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and
Tuolumne counties. She will be starting with a needs assessment
within the Central Sierra to meet people and find out what the
issues are that would be a priority for addressing with her work in
She will continue to coordinate the Sierra Nevada
Adaptive Management Project outreach team, which is monitoring the
effects of forest fuels reduction projects in two national forests
in the Sierra Nevada.
County Nutrition Educator
We'd like to welcome our newest employee, Novella
Springer who has accepted the Family Nutrition Educator position in
Amador County. Her first day was September 17, 2012.
Amador County Nutrition Educator Novella Springer
Novella has over fifteen years of experience working
in the public services arena. In addition to her work
experience Novella has been a UC Master Gardener for two years and
has recently completed the UC Master Food Preserver training.
As a Family Nutrition Educator, Novella is
responsible for providing nutrition education to limited resource
families throughout Amador County. She will be working with a
variety of community based organizations and the majority of
elementary schools in Amador County.
Novella will work closely with all members of the
UCCE Nutrition Program team. Her office is located in the General
Services Administration building in Amador County.
Thanks for joining us in welcoming Novella to the
UCCE Central Sierra team.
Keep your socks on! Please!! That is therequest from
a group of wildlife researchers in the Sierra who are part of the
Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project. Back in December of 2011
they made a small plea for single separated socks to use as bait
socks in their study. In the viral nature of media these days the
story went far and wide. Over the nextnine months they got packages
from over 30 states and 3 countries! Hundreds of
boxes arrived bearing many carefully collected stray socks,
gathered over years. The boxes came from mothers, fathers,
neighborhoods, even Girl Scout groups and Elementary School
classes. We were appreciative, no longer having to buy socks for
the job. Then that appreciation started stacking up in the spare
room.......and then into the hall. Nine months later the
socks are still arriving and the team now begs your mercy!
Thank you for all your sock donations!
We love that you have been thinking of us, and
making heroic efforts to recycle for our planet's health. Kudos to
you! But unless you can think of another large use for single
socks, we have ENOUGH socks for this job. We have considered sock
rugs, sock bird feeders and even tried them as seedling cups in the
garden. We have the best "socked" crew in the
business. So thank you! All of your efforts were very much
appreciated. But Please, keep your socks on!
Enrollment is Now Open!
Enrollment to be eligible for fair for returning 4-H
members started July 1st and ends October 15th. To be eligible for
fair, new members must enroll by December 3rd. Please log onto the California State 4-H
Online Enrollment system to begin
the process. Families who used the 4-H enrollment online system
last year should already be in the system and will only have to
update their information. To make things easier this year, youth
will not have to turn in a paper "Waiver of Liability"
form to the office. Within the online enrollment system, make sure
to check the box asking you to accept the "Waiver of
Liability." Club Leaders and Project Leaders still need a
paper copy of the Medical Release and Health History for each
youth. We encourage you to use the online payment
system using a credit card. This can be found
on the UCCE Central Sierra
4-H Join Now web page.
If you have any questions regarding the enrollment process for the
current year, please call Jolynn Miller at (209) 533-5686. If you
have specific questions about the process of enrollment, please
contact Nancy Starr, our Enrollment Coordinator, at (530) 621-5503.
How much sugar is in your drink?
Ever wonder what's in your favorite drink? The
answer may surprise you. That soda, sports' drink, yummy flavored
coffee/tea drink, energy drink and even that vitamin/mineral/fruit
infused water may be loaded with sugar. The average sweetened
beverage contains anywhere from 10 - 15 teaspoons of sugar per
serving and many bottles contain 2 or more servings. That could
mean a whopping 30+ teaspoons of sugar! I don't think many of us
would add that much sugar to our coffee, tea or water. And I think
most parents would never allow their children to sit down and eat
that much sugar but every time we give our children a sugar
sweetened beverage that is what is happening. (continue reading...)
Ties to the
Land - Forest Landowner Workshops
The University of California is hosting a two-part
workshop series on succession planning to help forest landowners
learn simple techniques to pass their land and its legacy on to the
next generation. The firstworkshop is being offered at 7 locations
The first part of the workshop series will be held
from 6 to 8 P.M. in the locations below;
Jackson on November 13th, and
Sacramento on November 15th.
The second part of the workshop series will be held in
January/February of 2013.
For more details or to register, see the
Fruits & Nuts: Two week course
Interested in learning the basics of fruit and nut
tree management in a short period of time? University of California
Cooperative Extension fruit and nut advisors and specialists and UC
Davis plant sciences faculty will present a two-week pomology course,
Feb. 25 through March 7, 2013, at the UC Davis Conference Center.
This course will cover the fundamentals of tree
biology that are essential to making sound orchard management and
business decisions, with a combination of lectures, hands-on
exercises and field demonstrations. The instructors - led by Ted
DeJong, UC Cooperative Extension specialist and professor in the
Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis - are experts in fruit and
nut tree production with over 100 years of combined experience.
Growers, beginning farmers, community college
students, university students and professionals working in tree
fruit and nut production are encouraged to enroll in this
Cooperative Extension course. After completing the course,
participants will receive a certificate.
The fee for the entire course is $2,850 plus the cost
of lodging for the field trips. Go to the Fruit and Nut
Education Website for details and registration
information. For more information, email Brooke Jacobs or (530)
Youth Science Day:
Save the Date!
Where: El Dorado
Hills Public Library 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado
When: October 6, 2012 from
The 2012 National Science Experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot
Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect
the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of
science, technology, engineering and math. Participants will build
their own robots, program their robot to clean up a simulated
environmental problem and measure effectiveness by recording data.
Take a peek at the 2011 experiment:
Thank you for your continued interest in the UC
Cooperative Extension Central Sierra's news, workshops, and events.
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