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Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties

January 2013


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PlacerGROWN Farm Conference   

Each January PlacerGROWN and UCCE co-host an annual Farm Conference - an exciting day of food, fun and workshops on farming, agriculture and local sustainability!  For more information, click here


4-H Film Making Statewide Project  

For 4-H members (age 13-19), volunteers, and staff to learn how to produce films. The goal of the 4-H Film Making Project is to enhance technological literacy of 4-H members by helping them learn the basics of film production including storyboarding, filming, and editing. For more information and to register, visit the State 4-H Office website


2013 California Grazing Academy    

The California Grazing Academy is a unique and exciting program emphasizing practical application of controlled grazing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit.  This challenging course consists of a minimum of lecture and a maximum of hands-on experience. For more information, click here


Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available 

Small businesses in 30 California counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  "These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on January 1, 2012, in the following primary counties: Amador, Merced, San Luis Obispo, Sonoma, Ventura and Yolo; Neighboring California counties: Alpine, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter and Tuolumne. Visit the Small Business Administration website for more information and to apply.   


4-H Events


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1-26: Amador County Presentation Day    


2-2: Sub Regional Presentation Day

El Dorado
Check the website for upcoming events

1-19: Community Dinner & Cake Auction


MFP Classes


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Look for Pressure Canning - coming in January & February

Our Public Ed Classes will be back in July.


MG Classes


MG Logo - TransparentFree Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners


1-19: Hillside Landscaping & Erosion Control, Eradicating Starthistle

Check for classes in February.

El Dorado
1-5: Pruning & Remedial Pruning of Deciduous Fruit Trees
1-12: Rose Pruning
1-19: Top 20 Gardening Hints
1-26: Edible Landscaping Workshop

2-2: Fruit Tree Care, Rose Pruning, Soil Prep



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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, including free Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver classes open to the public. You will also find up-to-date 4-H news. Please read on for more information!

News & Updates


Master Gardeners Move Into Lake Tahoe Basin!

Master Gardener giving advice at Lake Tahoe Basin Farmers Market.


The UCCE Master Gardener program is coming to the Lake Tahoe Basin! The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) - Central Sierra, in partnership with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, is launching the inaugural Lake Tahoe Master Gardener (MG) volunteer program. We are currently  training a class of eighteen stellar Master Gardeners, who will soon be ready to assist the basin community with research-based information about home horticulture and gardening.

The training consists of core programs in botany, native plants, soils, irrigation, integrated pest management, nutrient cycling, plant diseases, and beneficial insects, promoting wildlife habitat and plant propagation. In addition, specific high elevation gardening and natural resource topics pertinent to the Lake Tahoe Basin will be covered including forestry, landscaping for defensible space, cold climate considerations and best practices to protect water quality.  Read more... 


Amador/Calaveras Master Food Preserver Program Training 

MFP Logo - TransparentWe have several spots open in the 2013 MFP training program that begins January 14 in Jackson. Be part of the growing movement of home food preservation.   Through your volunteer work you can learn how to safely preserve food and teach our communities to do the same. Please visit our website for more information and to complete the online application.


Amador Master Gardener Program Training  MG Logo - Transparent 

We are accepting applications to train to become an Amador County Master Gardener.  Classes start in March, with an orientation brunch potluck on February 27. If you enjoy learning about gardening and like sharing your passion for gardening with our community, please sign up on our interest list to receive more information.


4-H Volunteer Development Day
February 23, 2013 

4-H Logo - Transparent4-H Volunteers in all four counties are invited to attend our second Volunteer Development Day. This activity filled day will focus on multigenerational diversity. Did you know this is the first time in our history four generations are in the workforce at the same time? Dealing with 4-H youth, parents, and community members of different ages can be daunting for some and this interactive session will help you interact with people of all ages.

To help cover the cost of lunch, please bring $2 with you to the workshop. Register online. This event will be held in Sonora. Exact location will be emailed to registrants in January. 


Events & Workshops


Edible Landscaping WorkshopMG Logo - Transparent

January 26th, 9:00am to 4:00pm  

El Dorado Hills  


The Edible Landscape emphasizes growing fruits,  vegetables, and herbs in the context of the ornamental home landscape.  The process of creating an Edible Landscape is the same as one with purely ornamental features, but much more functional and sustainable substituting edible or fruit-bearing plants, where appropriate, for lawn, shrubs and trees.

Topics covered in this 7-hour workshop include an Introduction to Edible Landscaping, Planning & Design, Planting and Maintenance, and Harvesting, Storage and Food Safety.


Pre-registration is required.  Register at the El Dorado Master Gardener website. Contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 for more information.


Save Our Styrofoam Collection Days
January 12th, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
January 13th, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Waste Management, Inc, Tuolumne County

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners are once again collecting your clean #6 Styrofoam to recycle and keep it out of the landfill! Check our website for map and more details.


Brown Bag with Forestry Webinar Series 

This winter and spring, we will be offering a series of monthly webinars on current research topics in forestry and forest science. The first session kicks off on January 28, 2013. These webinars will commence at 12:10 PM and run for 30 minutes, with 20 minutes available for a question and answer session through a chat feature of the webinar software. Each session will end at 1:00 PM. We chose this time to allow you to participate in this over your lunch hour, making this a virtual luncheon seminar. 


The goal of these programs is to present cutting edge research to professional foresters, landowners, policy makers, and organizations with an interest in forestry issues.

For more details, visit the Brown Bag with Forestry website.  Or contact Rick Standiford or Susie Kocher of UC Cooperative Extension.

Registration is required, however there is no cost. Online registration is available here.


Once you have registered, we will send the link for the webinar to you, as well as other instructions for logging in. We will also send reminders for each session.


Ties to the Land - Forest Landowner Workshops 

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Forest Land

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 was offered at 7 locations throughout California including Auburn, Jackson and Sacramento.

The second part of the workshop series will be held in January/February of 2013 in these same locations. The local follow up workshops will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm in Jackson on January 29th and Sacramento on January 31st. For more details or to register, see the Forest Research & Outreach website

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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