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How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a great topic. Horticulture experts at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will join forces with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on Sunday, Sept. 24 to present a free workshop on "Pollinator Gardening." The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on...

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Pardon Me, Is This My Best Side?

The setting sun backlights the European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, perched on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She's easy to find. A European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa,  hangs out in our passionflower vine, Passiflora, the host plant of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Mantis religiosa is an introduced species, that is, non-native. We introduce ourselves. She stares at the photographer,...

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Bee-ing All You Can Be and See and Do

A native bee, Anthophora urbana, buzzes over a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a weekend for bee and gardening enthusiasts! It's a shame we all can't clone ourselves and be in two places at the same time! The 40th annual Western Apicultural Society conference at the University of California, Davis, just concluded and now several more items appear on the University of...

Bohart Museum Open House: How to Pin a Butterfly

Entomologist Jeff Smith curates the butterfly and moth collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology hosts an open house, "Insects and U" on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24, for the public to get acquainted with insects, it will also be a time to get acquainted with entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth collection. Smith will show...

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Workshop Follow-Up: Resources for a Food Safety Plan

We had a great "On-Farm Food Safety" workshop at the end of last month at Mandarin Hill Orchard in Penryn. Fourteen of our local fruit and vegetable growers were in attendance. The workshop included a discussion of strategies for improving food safety, a review of the new federal legislation, and several instructive activities. At the end of the workshop each grower was tasked with identifying three ways they were going to apply what they learned to their operations. We noticed that the majority of the growers identified needing a written food safety plan as a top action item.

Getting a food safety plan in writing for the first time can seem daunting, but there are great resources available that can help break down a food safety plan into very ‘doable' tasks. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has a list of several templates and other resources available from university extensions or other proven sources. Check it out here: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/resources/farm-food-safety-plan-writing-resources

If you couldn't make it to our August workshop—stay posted! We will be holding another Food Safety workshop early next year.

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:58 AM

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