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University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra News

Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties

Nov. 2012


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New Farmer's 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 Markets," by

Randii MacNear and Shelly G. Keller, is based on work  supported by the Farmers Market Promotion Program, Agricultural Marketing

Service, USDA, 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 free at



4-H Events


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New Member Enrollment Due December 1st


New Member Enrollment Due December 1st

El Dorado
New Member Enrollment Due December 1st

New Member Enrollment Due December 1st


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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11-10: Condiments, Vinegars and Pickled Peppers

El Dorado No Classes at this time 


MG Classes


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12-1: Selection and Planting of Bareroot Fruit Trees

11-24: Gardening for Fall Color

El Dorado
11-3: Shade Gardening
11-10: Raised Beds
11-17: Rose Selection and Planting
11-3: Kids (Holi)Day, Holiday Decor, Veggie Garden Over-Wintering



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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!

News & Updates


Reminder!  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. 


Harmful 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 Fishers."

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New Publications Available

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!
Establishing and 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.

Managing Smutgrass in Irrigated Pastures

Order 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. 


Events & Workshops


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 throughout California.

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.  

Forested Land

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The second part of the workshop series will be held in January/ February of 2013.

For more details or to register, see the


Beginning Farming Academy 

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 ranch.


The class runs from 8 AM to 8 PM on December 7th, and 8 AM to 5 PM on December 8th.


Participants 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 form


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  


Growing Tree 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) 752-4354. 

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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