Resources Advisor Susie Kocher contributed an article on how forest
lands may benefit from active restoration after wildfires.
In the many forested areas where wildfires are currently burning, the
question will soon arise: What should be done after the fire goes
out? That depends on the severity of the burn and land owner goals. Read more
UCCE Central Sierra Natural Resources
program in Tuolumne County, along with some of our collaborators, has
been invited to give a brief presentation to the Sierra Nevada
Conservancy board at their next quarterly meeting in Mariposa, CA, on
The topic of the presentation will be citizen science volunteers and
their impact on weed control in small, publicly-accessible sites in
the Sierra Nevada. UCCE Central Sierra staff will be joined by weed
control staff from Yosemite National Park, with additional support
from the U.S. Forest Service Groveland Ranger District and the
California Native Grasslands Association.
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
Meat Preserving - Sausages
Meat Preserving - Deli Meats
Vinegars - Condiments and Chutneys
Vinegars - Condiments and Chutneys
Conserves - Butters and Marmalade
Conserves - Butters and Marmalade
Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners
Annual Tomato Tasting Contest
Plant Sale, Gardening on a Budget
to Garden Treasures
4th Annual Plant Sale, Native Plants
Harvest BBQ, Master Food Preserver Demo
you need assistance or require special accommodations for any of our
educational programs, please contact us at 530-621-5502.
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.
UCCE Agriculture Program Co-Hosted National
Christmas Tree Growers Tour
Gary Chastagner (far left), WSU Plant Pathologist,
discusses root rot diseases with the National Christmas Tree
Grower's tour group.
Christmastree growers from all around the country, and even as far
as the UK, braved the 107° heat and came to El Dorado County on
August 11 for a Christmas tree field tour, co-hosted by Lynn
Wunderlich (UCCE Farm Advisor), the El Dorado Christmas Tree Growers
Association (President and local grower Dee Kobervig), and the
California Christmas Tree Growers Association.
Chal Landgren, OSU Forestry Specialist,
demonstrated a grafting technique for conifers to a National
Christmas Tree Grower tour group in El Dorado County.
Fifty-four participants toured McGee/Carson Ridge Farm(Mike and
PhyllisMcGee and Cathy Morgan owners) in the morning and Indian
Rock Tree farm (Larry and Geri Hyder owners) in the afternoon and
were treated to a gourmet lunch and wine tasting at Madroņa
vineyards. The tour was a part of the National Christmas Tree
Growers annual convention held earlier in the week in Sacramento. Read more.
Foothill Vineyard Tour Highlights Factors for Wine
foothill grape growers had the opportunity to
rootstocks,soils, diseases, irrigation schemes and vine vigor with
UC Davis Viticulture Professor Dr. Andy Walker on the annual
Vineyard Tour and BBQ, co-sponsored by the Calaveras Wine Alliance
and the University of California Cooperative Extension, held on
July 27. We visited five foothill vineyards sites on the
tour, during which Dr. Walker, vineyard manager Mark Skenfield
Andy Walker, UC Davis Viticulture Specialist
(center), discusses vine vigor and rootstocks with growers during
the annual Foothill Vineyard Tour in Calaveras County.
the vineyard growers, UCCE Central Sierra Advisor and Director
Scott Oneto and UCCE Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich commented on what
they observed going on in that particular site. With 2012
shaping up to be a good year for crop yields, attention was turned
to viticulture aspects that can affect grape quality and the ever
elusive "vine balance". Read more.
Amador County's First Farm Day is Here!
Farm Day is a national effort to
educate school aged youth about the importance of agriculture in
their everyday lives. Amador's Farm Day will be a one-day
field trip this September and is open to all 3rd grade students in
the County. Held at the Amador County Fairgrounds in
Plymouth, the students will spend the day learning about farms,
ranches, and how food gets to the table. Students will also learn
about the biodiversity of Amador's regions, from timber forests to
crop lands. Amador Farm Day is being organized by the
University of California Cooperative Extension in cooperation with
Farms of Amador, the USDA Resource Conservation District, the USDA
Natural Resource Conservation Service, Argonaut FFA, Amador County
Fair, Amador County Agriculture Department, Amador Farm Bureau,
Amador County Wine Grape Growers Association, Amador Community
Foundation, Bank of Amador, Tumbas Vineyards and many community
Support is still needed to make
this event free for teachers and students. For questions about Farm
Day, or to add your support, please contact JoLynn Miller with the
University of California at (209) 533-5686.
Master Food Preservers Teach in Garden Valley
The El Dorado County Master Food
Preservers are teaching this summer's Tuesday morning classes at
the Marshall Grange in Garden Valley. This location gives us
a chance to more easily reach the people in the northern part of
the county. Attendance has been good at the classes.
The attendees ask a lot of good information and are eager to try
their new knowledge at home.
Classes on Tuesdays are from
10-Noon through October 23. Saturday classes are at the UCCE
office in Placerville, from 10-Noon through September 29. Download the full
class schedule and join the Master Food Preservers to learn a new
skill or pick up some tips.
4-H National Youth Science Day:
Where: El Dorado Hills
Public Library 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, CA
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 2011 the experiment:
Thank you for your continued interest in the UC
Cooperative Extension Central Sierra's news, workshops, and events.
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