UCCE Sonoma Blogs
4-H Outreach Summer ProgramSummer of 2018 With school out for the summer, many families struggle to find affordable educational youth programs. 4-H aimed to provide families with free and low cost programs over summer. More than 100 youth, ages 5-12, participated in four weeks of summer camps in Santa Rosa and Windsor. The camps focused on team building, leadership, and civic services while also keeping youth active with sports clinics and non-competitive scrimmages to promote skill...
Diego Mariscal, 4-H Community Education Specialist (position funded by Initiative)Steven M. Worker, 4-H Youth Development AdvisorStephanie Larson, County Director County Portrait: There are over 92,000 youth in Sonoma County, with 37% identifying as Latino, 44% eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and 22% classified as English learners. The Sonoma County 4-H program engaged youth in 4-H afterschool clubs, day camps, short-term programs, and Juntos, all adapted to meet the needs of...
We all know that fire is one of the oldest and most powerful tools that humans have. For millennia, we have used fire to improve our home lives—food, winter warmth, etc.—but what we often forget is that most of the landscapes we know and love have also been shaped by fire, and in many cases, by fires that humans have started. We both grew up in rural northern California, and if you talk to old timers in our communities, you'll hear stories of the deep connections between people and...
To promote the exchange and sharing of agricultural extension information, several U.S. Land Grant institutions have formed an alliance with 10 Chinese agricultural universities. From June 17 to 22, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources took a group of scientists from Chinese agricultural universities on a tour of agriculture in Northern California. Extension in China In the United States, the Extension programs are run out of each state's land-grant institution, in our case, University of...
The Chinese Extension Alliance Delegation, with Glenda Humiston: top row Song Hui, New Rural Development Research Institute of Northeast Agricultural University; Glenda; Sun Wenpeng, Northeast Agricultural University; front row He Minghui, Hunan Agricultural University; Luo Jian, Hunan Agricultural University; Li Peng, Office of Invigorating Agriculture with Science and Education in the Department of Science and Technology.
Delegates learning about local cheeses at La Gare French Restaurant in Santa Rosa
At Bayer Farm in Santa Rosa
Delegates with Jonathan Bravo and Mimi Enright at Bayer Farm
Delegates with Jonathan Bravo at Bayer Farm
Touring Bayer Farm
The whole crew at Bayer Farm
Grazing education panel "Why Cows" at Taylor Mountain Park
View west from Taylor Mountain. Pacific ocean is beyond the fog.
Dr Stephanie Larson presenting grazing handbooks to the delegates
Delegates with Dr Stephanie Larson at Taylor Mountain, Sonoma County Regional Park
Eight months after devastating fires swept through Sonoma County, our community has rallied to an ongoing recovery. Still, the tragedy of those wildfires remains fresh in the minds of our friends and neighbors. The lives and property that were lost last year can never be replaced. As the dry season begins a new and unfortunate truth comes to mind: California is a drought-prone state, and there will always be some risk of wildfire. In Sonoma and Marin Counties, active rangeland management...