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


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Oak Woodland Management 

Join UCCE's Becky Miller-Cripps while she speaks about "Oaks: True California Natives."  She will be discussing oak ecology and importance, and how to maintain and preserve these iconic trees. 

You can catch her talk on Thursday, March 7th at the Sierra Foothills Chapter of the California Native Plant Society meeting at the Tuolumne County Library at 7:00pm.

The same presentation will be given Tuesday, March 19th, 10:00am to the Calaveras County Master Gardener general meeting at the Calaveras Library.

Contact Becky Miller-Cripps at (209) 533-6993 for more information.   


CA Small Farm Conference   

The state's premier gathering of small-scale farmers and ranchers, agricultural students, farmers' market managers, small-farm educators and advocates, and others involved in the small farm community.

Please join us March 10-12, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Fresno for the three-day educational conference, which includes day-long field courses with on-farm tours, focused workshops, engaging keynote speakers and numerous networking opportunities. 


Beginning Farming Academy 

April 5th-6th 

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 should 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.


This workshop does not address production practices, but focuses on market, business, and economic planning for small farms. Local expert farmers and ranchers and UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or ranch.


For more information, visit the event website



4-H Events


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3-30: Sectional Presentation Day


3-30: Sectional Presentation Day

El Dorado
 Round Up - Save the Date

3-9:  County Presentation Day
3-10: Hi 4-H Pancake Breakfast


MFP Classes


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3-16: Freezing & Dehydrating

Our Public Ed Classes will be back in July.


MG Classes


MG Logo - TransparentFree Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners


3-2: Beginning Beekeeping
3-9: Backyard Chickens
3-23: Growing Even More Great Vegetables

3-23: Edible Landscaping

El Dorado
3-2: Tomatoes from Seed to Pot
3-9: Irrigation
3-16: From Garden to Vase: Annuals & Perennials
3-23: Backyard Chickens

3-2: Grapevine Care, Water Conservation, Spring Garden Veggies



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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


Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners - Ready to Roll! 

Lake Tahoe MGs

Master Gardener training class 

We would like to wish a warm welcome to 17 newly-certified UC Master Gardeners in the Lake Tahoe Basin!  The new volunteers have complete 50 hours of training, passed the certification exam and pledged their time as volunteers to the Lake Tahoe community!


The Lake Tahoe Master Gardener (LTMG) program

also includes three volunteers that were trained in prior years for a total of 20 community members serving the entire basin in both California and Nevada. We are currently setting up an office in Lake Tahoe, where we will be fielding phone and email questions, and planning a slate of workshops and educational programs for 2013. The LTMG will be extending
research-based home horticulture and gardening information around topics including: food gardening and edible landscaping; proper use of fertilizers to protect Lake Tahoe water quality; native and adaptive plants to use in place of lawn; and efficient irrigation methods and systems specific to the area. And that's just a taste of the wide variety of information that LTMG is anxious to bring to the community!


Contact LTMGs at: (530) 543-1501 x101  



Events & Workshops


FIT - Forestry Institute for TeachersFIT

FIT provides K-12 educators with an increased understanding and appreciation of California's forest  ecosystems and the complex issues involved in managing the natural resources found in public and private forests. FIT offers four sessions in different Northern California locations. Each session is held in a forested setting ideal for on-site study of forest ecology and natural resource management issues. The presenters and staff include public and private forest resource specialists and other natural resource managers, environmental activists, and science and environmental education curriculum specialists.

Application deadline is March 11th.  Learn more and apply today! 


Feed Your Brain Workshops - Lake TahoeFeed Your Brain Workshop

The University of California Nutrition Programs are joining forces with LTCC TriO in Lake Tahoe to present two workshops at South Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

During lunch on March 5th students have the chance to learn how healthy eating habits help them in school.  This is open to TriO students only. Contact Eric Cornejo at (530) 541-4111 x400 for more information.

In turn, parents of TriO students will learn how good nutrition will help their students in school on March 26th at 6pm in Room 37 at South Lake Tahoe Middle School.  Contact Lisa Utzig-Schafer at (530) 541-6404 x243 for more information. 


Brown Bag with Forestry - Webinar Series  

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. On March 25, 2013 - Prof. and CE Specialist Maggi Kelly, UC Berkeley - will cover "Finding the trees in the forest: using light detection and ranging (lidar) for forest science and management." 


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.


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.


Farm Day 2013 - El Dorado County 

El Dorado - AITCEl Dorado County Ag in the Classroom (AITC) in partnership with University of California Cooperative Extension - Central Sierra, is pleased to announce that El Dorado County Farm Day will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Placerville.  Every May, AITC hosts hundreds of third grade students at the fairgrounds for an all-day interactive learning event. During this fun educational field trip, students learn about agriculture in context of local farms, ranches, and forests. All activities are designed to meet California state standards for third grade curriculum. Farm Day demonstrations and exhibits teach students something new about where our food, fiber, and shelter comes from.


Do you know a third grade teacher in El Dorado County that hasn't heard about Farm Day and may want to attend?  Fill out the online class registration!


Riparian Ecology - Webinar Series

May 1st-May 29th  

Riparian Ecology
Recent regulatory proposals and research suggest that active management of riparian ecosystems can yield benefits to water quality and associated aquatic habitats. This webinar series will explore the ecological and other functions of riparian ecosystems, setting the stage for understanding how and where active management can achieve desirable benefits.

Please register for the webinar.  There is no charge for participation.  Contact Dr. Richard Harris at or (707) 685-5508.


Roads & Road Management in the Tahoe Basin Workshop

June 13th-14th, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency - Stateline, NV
Roads Workshop 

The workshop is generally aimed at fostering an understanding of road uses and management in the Tahoe Basin, particularly in view of ongoing efforts to improve the environmental performance of roads.

Un-surfaced, low standard roads in the Tahoe Basin provide access for recreation and wildfire suppression. They also provide access for management activities such as forest thinning, campground maintenance and restoration.  This is a free workshop, but registration is required.    


For more information, visit the workshop homepage, contact Dr. Richard Harris at

or (707) 685-5508.  

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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