Guide: Cultivating Success at Farmers Markets
A new guide
for farmers interested in selling products at farmers markets is now
available. "New Farmer's Guide: Cultivating Success at Farmers
and Shelly G. Keller, is based on work supported by the Farmers
Market Promotion Program, Agricultural Marketing
under a grant to the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program. UCCE advisors are encouraged to share the
publication with their clientele. The guide can be downloaded for
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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
Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners
Selection and Planting of Bareroot Fruit Trees
Gardening for Fall Color
Rose Selection and Planting
Kids (Holi)Day, Holiday Decor, Veggie Garden Over-Wintering
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!
Road Closure at El Dorado Office
If you plan
on visiting our El Dorado UC Cooperative Extension Office (located
at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville), the portion of Fair Lane from
Denny's to the Sheriff's driveway will be closed from November 7th
to December 21st. You can gain access to our office by taking Ray
Lawyer up the hill to Fair Lane.
Chemicals Endangering Pacific Fishers
The Pacific Fisher, already a candidate for the
Federal Endangered Species Act, is being harmed by harsh
chemicals that are being placed in the forest by illegal growers.
The Sierra Star published an article on the impacts
of rodenticide on Pacific fishers which has been documented through
a University of California wildlife study. The article features our
own Anne Lombardo.
"It's after law enforcement has finished a marijuana raid
in the forest the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew comes in
to clean up. The group has been working with the U.S. Forest
Service since 1994 to clean up forests and has often worked locally.
However this year they haven't been able to do any reclamation due
to a lack of funds and because of that some items, such as chemical
pesticides, remain at grow sites -- chemicals that are hazardous to
forest wildlife and are harming already endangered Pacific
Did you know there are hundreds of publications
available from the University of California Agriculture and Natural
Resources Catalog? The ANR Catalog
offers a wide variety of publications, some are free to download
and print while others are available for purchase.
Here is a sampling of some new FREE publications:
Horse owners can create a reliable, home-grown source of forage for
their animals by setting up an irrigated pasture, but it can't be
just anywhere. You need the right soil, the right drainage, the
right forage crop and more. Find out what it takes!
Managing Irrigated Pasture for Horses
Calves in pasture.
Small smutgrass (Sporobolus indicus) is a grass that grows well in
irrigated pastures but is not palatable to livestock. So what
happens if it grows well and it doesn't get eaten? It takes over
the pasture! Learn some simple control measures that will keep this
weed in check.
in Irrigated Pastures
publications online and help UCCE Central Sierra Cooperative!
Enter the promotion code PRTUM55 at check-out and
you'll receive a 10% discount on your order, and a portion of the
sale will benefit local programs.
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 first workshop 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
This is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a
small commercial farm or ranch. If you are considering starting a
small ag operation in the foothills, you need to
attend the Academy. Learn about assessing your resources and
choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming and basic
economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for
jumpstarting your operation. Local expert farmers and ranchers and
UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or
The class runs
from 8 AM to 8 PM on December 7th, and 8 AM to 5 PM on December
are expected to attend the entire Academy. The Beginning Farming
Academy is funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from CDFA and a
grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency, so attendance is free
of charge. Meal cost for the two days is $50, or participants may
choose to bring their own meals.
The class is
limited to 15 prospective producers. To apply, please complete the online application
You will be
notified within 2 weeks whether or not you have been accepted into
the Beginning Farming Academy. For questions or more information,
please contact Cindy Fake at email@example.com
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
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)
Thank you for your continued interest in the UC
Cooperative Extension Central Sierra's news, workshops, and events.
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Contact, University of California, Davis, Agriculture and Natural
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