County Master Gardeners get recognized
Tuolumne County Master Gardeners, Margaret Klein, Pat Gogas, and
Toots Van Ruiten, were nominated for "Volunteer of the
Year" by the after-school program association of a four-county
area including Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Stanislaus counties.
See letter of recommendation below:
trio has brought their love of growing things into the lives of the
students of the Jamestown After School Program. Hanna
Rion said, "The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration
of the five senses."
That's what is
happening in our garden. It's a learning experience that
crosses many disciplines - math, language, science, art, physical
fitness and so many life lessons. The students are having all
their senses activated and opened. (Read more...)
UC IPM Green
The UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is pleased
to announce the publication of our latest issue of UC IPM Green Bulletin.
Resistance, Should You be worried?; Using Lure Traps to Reduce
Yellowjackets Around Picnic Areas; Can We Smell Bed Bugs?; and
Removing Bee Swarms and Established Hives.
Green Thumb Gardening Conservation Landscaping Workshops
Ask a gardener & Native Plants
Know your Dirt!
Classes Offered by
Education Classes - July - October
Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners
Good Bugs - Bad Bugs
Art in the Garden
From Garden to Vase: Annuals & Perennials
Pets, Pesticides & Poisonous Plants
Attracting Beneficial Insects
Day in the Garden, Art in the Garden & Save Our Styrofoam (SOS)
Tuolumne Garden Tour
What's happening at your UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra?
We have some workshops coming up that you may be interested in
attending. Read on for more information.
More than 100 positions proposed
beginning for the 109 Cooperative Extension advisor and specialist
positions submitted to ANR this year. Of
those proposed, 52 are advisor positions and 57 are specialist
positions. The positions are posted on the ANR website. We
stakeholders and clientele to offer comments and
provide input. The system will remain open for comments on the
positions until August 7, 2012. Your comments are greatly
Food Preservers Program in Amador and Calaveras Counties
On May 1, 2012, the
inaugural class of Master Food Preservers for Amador and Calaveras counties
completed their UCCE research based training. Master Food
Preservers are agents of the University of California and work
through the UC Cooperative Extension to educate our communities on
the safe practices of food preservation and food safety.
We're very excited to offer the following services during the first
year of the Amador and Calaveras Master Food Preserver:
classes on core food preservation techniques: basic water bath
canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, freezing, pickling,
making jams & jellies
pressure canner testing
booth at local Farmers' Markets
in local newspapers
of monthly eNewsletter offered by El Dorado County
public event was at the Calaveras County Fair in May. Look for us
next at the Amador County Fair.
the UCCE Central Sierra
Master Food Preserver website for more information about our
program or sign up for the
online eNewsletter to be the first to hear about our events.
Tuolumne County Master Gardeners Host Two
Events: "Save Our Styrofoam (SOS)" and "Kids' Day in
June 2nd & 3rd
SOS's purpose is to collect and recycle #6 white styrofoam. Local residents and businesses are
encouraged to bring their styrofoam to the drop-off site on Microtronics Way in Sonora. No cost to drop off
styrofoam. See calendar for
kids to "Kids'
Day in the Garden." Activities include cricket
spitting, face painting, three sisters planting, worms and worm
cupcakes, bottle terrariums, and flower arranging.
Event location : 251
Barreta Street, Sonora, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See Classes & Events for more information.
Foothill Grape Day 2012:
Thursday, June 7th - at Ironstone Vineyards
grape growers, winemakers and industry affiliates will come
together at Ironstone Vineyards in Calaveras County on June 7 for
the annual UCCE-sponsored Foothill Grape Day event. Featuring
University of California viticulture experts from across the state,
Foothill Grape Day is the largest viticulture educational meeting
in our region, providing growers and winemakers with the latest UC research
information on winegrape production, as well as an opportunity to
network with fellow growers and winemakers from across the four
county Central Sierra region.
Williams, UC Viticulture Specialist stationed at the Kearney
Agricultural Center near Fresno, will kick off this year's meeting
with a talk on grapevine nutrition. An authority on how grapevines
assimilate and move nutrients through the vine during the season,
Dr. Williams will address how to assess a vine's fertilizer needs
for optimum production and quality. Rhonda Smith, UC Cooperative
Extension Viticulture Advisor in Sonoma County, will provide
information on managing Botrytis bunch rot, a potentially
devastating disease that hit many growers last season. In addition,
Smith will address sunburn protection strategies for grape
"What's WHITE hot?!"
is this year's Grape Day theme,
the issue of white wine grape varieties appropriate for the
foothills. Dr. Jim Wolpert, UC Viticulture Specialist at UC Davis,
will present his research results on the growth and quality
characteristics of white wine varieties in trials he's conducted
across the state, posing the question in relation to whites,
"How far off the beaten path can we go?" The morning will
end with a panel discussion and very special paired wine tasting
led by six formidable foothill grape growers and winemakers,
including: Paul Bush, (Madroņa Vineyards), Chuck Hovey, (Hovey
Wines, Stevenot, and Gianelli Vineyards), Ron Mansfield (Goldbud
Farms), Mark McKenna (Andis Wines), Mark Skenfield (Vinescapes) and
Mari Wells-Coyle (David Girard Vineyards). Each of the panelists
will share their experience with growing and making white wine
Grape Day is co-sponsored by and will be held at Ironstone
Vineyards in Murphys. For more information or to register visit our
Foothill Grape Day
2012 webpage. To register by phone, please call Robin Cleveland
at 530-621-5528. View past presentations at Foothill Grape Day
Save Water, $ave Money$!
The UCCE Central Sierra Natural Resources program in
Tuolumne County will be collaborating with Tuolumne Utilities
District (TUD), the county's largest treated drinking water
provider, to host the second annual "Save Water, $ave
Money$" Garden, Irrigation, and Home Show. The event will take
place on June 9, from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m., on the campus of TUD at the corner of Tuolumne Road
and Nugget Blvd in Sonora, CA. The first 50 attendees will receive a low-flow
showerhead. Demonstrations, information booths, vendor displays of
water conserving plants, drawings and give-aways, and discount
coupons will offer water-conserving alternatives. Master Gardeners will provide information about drought-tolerant
plantings. Homeowners and utility customers can learn
techniques for ways in which to be more efficient in their water
use and, in so doing, save money on their water bills.
Master Food Preservers and Master Gardeners at the
El Dorado County Fair
When you visit the El Dorado County Fair June 14-17,
be sure to stop by both the Master Food Preservers and Master Gardener
In addition to offering a place to escape the heat, you can sample a wide assortment of tasty treats at
the Master Food Preservers' corner of the Marshall Building.
You'll probably try one or two samples that cause you to say,
"I gotta make this!" Pick up the recipe handout and class
schedule, and then mark your home calendar to come to our free
classes. Master Food Preservers will be at the booth throughout the
fair to answer questions about food preservations, the recipes for
the samples, and our upcoming classes.
In the Floriculture Building, Master Gardeners will
give a variety of short demonstration topics throughout the
fair: Attracting Beneficial Bugs, Beekeeping, Citrus,
Demystifying Drip Systems, Gardening with Deer, Herbs,
Hummingbirds, Hypertufa, Lawn Substitutes, Pumpkins, Seed Starting,
Sustainable Gardening, Vermiculture (Worm Compost), and Wildlife
Gardening. Check the County Fair's online
Demonstration schedule for the times of each mini-demonstration
and then schedule your fair day around your favorite topics. Got a
problem in your garden or just want to talk about your love of
gardening? Stop by the Master Gardener booth anytime to chat
with one of our volunteers, they'll be there until 9pm every day.
See you at the fair!
Tuolumne Master Gardener Garden Tour:
Sunday, June 24th
Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host their
17th annual Garden Tour, featuring higher elevation gardens and the
demonstration garden on the campus of Cassina High School, 251 S.
Barretta Street in Sonora, California. The self guided tour is open
from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets
are $10 per person and can be purchased at local
nurseries, the UCCE Office at 52 N. Washington Street, Sonora,
California and online at the Tuolumne County
Master Gardeners' website.
Thank you for your continued interest in the UC
Cooperative Extension Central Sierra's news, workshops, and events.
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