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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.

Sonoma County 4-H

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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...

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 9:40 AM
  • Editor: Jesenia Mendoza

Bringing fire back to California’s private lands

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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...

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM
  • Author: Lenya Quinn-Davidson
  • Editor: J. M.
Tags: Prescribed Burn (1)

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