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
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
Contact Becky Miller-Cripps at (209) 533-6993 for more
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
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.
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.
information, visit the event website.
3-30: Sectional Presentation Day
3-30: Sectional Presentation Day
3-9: County Presentation Day
3-10: Hi 4-H Pancake Breakfast
Classes Offered by
Public Ed Classes will be back in July.
Gardening Classes offered by Master Gardeners
Even More Great Vegetables
from Seed to Pot
Garden to Vase: Annuals & Perennials
Care, Water Conservation, Spring Garden Veggies
you need assistance or require special accommodations for any of our
educational programs, please contact us at 530-621-5502.
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!
Master Gardeners - Ready to Roll!
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
at: (530) 543-1501 x101
FIT - Forestry Institute for Teachers
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
Feed Your Brain Workshops - Lake Tahoe
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
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
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
The UC Davis Young Cattlemen is hosting this 3 day workshop.
Farm Day 2013 - El Dorado County
El 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
Riparian Ecology - Webinar
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.
Roads & Road Management in the Tahoe Basin
June 13th-14th, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency -
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.
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
information, visit the workshop homepage,
contact Dr. Richard Harris at email@example.com
Thank you for your continued interest in the UC
Cooperative Extension Central Sierra's news, workshops, and events.
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