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Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado & Tuolumne counties February 2013



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El Dorado County Master Gardeners held their first all-day workshop on Saturday, January 26th to a sold out crowd on "The Basics of Edible Landscaping." The workshop emphasis on growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the context of the ornamental home landscape was a huge crowd pleaser. 


Some comments from attendees...


Good information. Well presented.  Good handouts.  Enjoyed the whole day.  Good food snacks.  How did you do it for $15.


This was great.  Can't wait for the next class! Excellent job to all!  Thank you!  Exceeded my expectations!


See the El Dorado Master Gardener Website for the presentations.  


Watch for the next workshop! 


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


El Dorado County Master Food Preserver Training

MFP Logo - TransparentWe are accepting applications for the 2013 El Dorado County MFP training. Training begins March 2 in Placerville. 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.


4-H Events


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2-2: Sub Regional Presentation Day


2-2: Sub Regional Presentation Day

El Dorado
Sub Regional Presentation Day
2-15: Schilling Robotics Tour
2-23: EDC Presentation Day

2-2:  Sub Regional Presentation Day
2-9: Everything But Animals Field Day


MFP Classes


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2-9: Contents under Pressure

Our Public Ed Classes will be back in July.


MG Classes


MG Logo - TransparentFree Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners


2-2: Living in the Forest & Defensive Landscaping
2-9: Grafting
2-16: Beekeeping
2-23: Growing Great Vegetables
2-23: Grapevine Pruning

2-23: A Review of Resources Available to Help Home Gardeners with Plant Pests and More

El Dorado
2-2: Weather & Climate
2-9: Propagation I
2-16: Beekeeping
2-23: Spring & Summer Vegetables

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


UCCE Logo - TransparentUCCE to be part of FoodCorps Expansion to California

FoodCorps LogoA service member with the national FoodCorps will work with the UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra office to provide a year of hands-on support to Calaveras County school  gardens and nutrition education beginning in fall 2013. Continue reading...


February is National Heart Month Eat Healthy for Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. About 81 million people in the United States have some form of heart/cardiovascular disease - that's about 35 percent of the population. Many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable, and food choices have a big impact on your heart's health, even if you have other risk factors. (Continue reading...) 


Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses

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.


Events & Workshops


Yellow Starthistle Control and Preventing the Spread of Invasive Weeds 

We have several Yellow Starthistle Control workshops being held in our four county region. Learn biological, mechanical and cultural control methods. Look for a workshop in your area.

February 13th
Mature YST


San Andreas

February 22nd



February 26th



February 28th

El Dorado Hills



See  our Events and Workshops webpage for exact addresses and times. 


Lessons in Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM) for Natural Resource Managers and Stakeholders Workshops

The Public Participation team from the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP) will be holding a series of workshop on "Best Practices" for "Collaborative Adaptive Management" (CAM) efforts. There are many CAM efforts emerging in the natural resource management world these days and we hope to share some of the tools we have found most useful during our five years of facilitating collaborative work for SNAMP. The workshops are free and open to anyone interested. There will be a series of three workshops over the next three months near each of our two research sites. See the SNAMP website for more details.

Northern site workshop:

Jan 31, Feb 28, March 28, 9am - noon

Auburn CA.

Contact: Kim Ingram

Southern site workshops

Feb 14, March 14, April 18, 1pm - 4pm

Oakhurst CA.

Contact: Anne Lombardo


4-H Volunteer Development Day4-H Logo - Transparent 

February 23, 2013 

4-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. 


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 

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.

For more details or to register, see the

Forest Research & Outreach website.


Bovine Artificial Insemination Clinic

Pasture landThe UC Davis Young Cattlemen is hosting this 3 day workshop.

Date: March 25th - 27th

Cost: $350

Print the workshop flyer for all the details.

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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