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Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties

Sept. 2012


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Green Blog

Natural 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. 
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Weed Control


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 September 6. 

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.


4-H Events


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9-29 to 9-30: Teen Retreat


MFP Training


Would 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 our program.


MFP Classes


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9-4: Cheese Making
9-8: Meat Preserving - Sausages
9-11: Meat Preserving - Deli Meats
9-15: Vinegars - Condiments and Chutneys
9-18: Vinegars - Condiments and Chutneys
9-22: Conserves - Butters and Marmalade
9-25: Conserves - Butters and Marmalade
9-29: Olives


MG Classes


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9-1: Annual Tomato Tasting Contest

9-22: Plant Sale, Gardening on a Budget

El Dorado
9-8: Trash to Garden Treasures
9-15: 4th Annual Plant Sale, Native Plants
9-22: Orchids
9-29: Yellow Starthistle Control
9-8: Harvest BBQ, Master Food Preserver Demo



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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.

News & Updates


UCCE Agriculture Program Co-Hosted National Christmas Tree Growers Tour 

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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.


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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 Grape Quality

About 35 foothill grape growers had the opportunity to

discuss 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.

(Vinescapes), 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. 


Events & Workshops


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 members.


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.



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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:
Eco-Bot Challenge
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Save the Date!


Where: El Dorado Hills Public Library  7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, CA

When: October 6, 2012 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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.


See the Eco-Bots Challenge Flyer

for more details.


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.



Scott Oneto
University of California
Cooperative Extension
Central Sierra


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