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Meet our Sonoma County Forestry Advisor!

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This month Sonoma County UCCE would like to welcome our new Forestry advisor. Michael Jones. Michael will be serving Sonoma County as a Forestry Advisor. From Michael: I joined UCCE on October 1, 2018 as the Forestry Advisor for Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. I specialize in forest entomology with a focus on forest health and integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests. I completed a Ph.D. in Entomology from State University of New York, College of Environmental...

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:39 AM
  • Editor: J. M.
  • Author: Mike Jones
Focus Area Tags: Environment

Produce Safety and Smoke

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Local food producers: The recent wildfires are creating dangerous air pollution in our region. The biggest threat to your health is from inhaling the smoke. Protect your lungs by staying indoors whenever possible, and wearing a respirator mask when outdoors. An N95 respiratory is the minimum protection recommended, while a P100 will provide additional protection from petroleum-based chemicals and smaller particles. Employers of outdoor workers should consider adequate...

Crops During a Wildfire Graphic
Crops During a Wildfire Graphic

Crops During a Wildfire Graphic

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11:01 AM
Tags: Food Safety (1)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Food Health

Planting Certified Vines is Critical

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Planting a vineyard with vines that are not infected with common grapevine viruses is essential to the bottom line. It can be challenging enough to keep over 1000 vines per acre relatively free from the normal canopy and trunk diseases such as grapevine powdery mildew and Eutypa dieback. Those diseases are caused by infections that occur naturally after vines are planted and can be controlled with proper farming practices. It doesn't work that way with diseases caused by viruses. Farming...

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 2:39 PM
  • Author: Rhonda Smith
  • Editor: J. M.
Tags: Viticulture (6)

Volunteer educators bring their own ideas about effective teaching to a 4-H curriculum

A girl follows the adult educator's instructions to solder two wires together to make a bracelet.

Steven Worker is the 4-H Youth Development Advisor for Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties.  4-H uses a variety of volunteers for it's programs. Steven conducted a study of volunteer educators, with a "diverse experiences, abilities and values" to teach STEM projects to students using 4-H curriculum at three sites using three different methods. Youth programs implemented during out-of-school time often rely on volunteers. These volunteers are responsible for selecting and adapting...

To help improve scientific literacy among youth, the 4-H Youth Development Program offers a design-based science curriculum, Junk Drawer Robotics, that features engineering activities.
To help improve scientific literacy among youth, the 4-H Youth Development Program offers a design-based science curriculum, Junk Drawer Robotics, that features engineering activities.

To help improve scientific literacy among youth, the 4-H Youth Development Program offers a design-based science curriculum, Junk Drawer Robotics, that features engineering activities.

A girl follows the adult educator's instructions to solder two wires together to make a bracelet.
A girl follows the adult educator's instructions to solder two wires together to make a bracelet.

At site C, a girl follows the adult educator's instructions to solder two wires together to make a bracelet. In this participation structure, known as scripted build, the educators give young people instructions and monitor their progress. This structure was introduced by the educators and was not part of the 4-H curriculum.

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:43 AM
Tags: 4-H (15), STEM (3)

4-H Outreach Summer Programs

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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...

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 11:08 AM
  • Author: Diego Mariscal
  • Editor: J. M.

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