- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
Follow the event in real time from 5 a.m. to 12 noon Pacific Time on Twitter using the tag #whgarden.
White House Social is a series of in-person meetings of people who engage with the White House through social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Hayden-Smith has followed Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and the White House on Twitter since Obama's election in 2008. She won the invitation after entering a contest that asked contestants to describe in 140 characters why they wanted to visit the White House garden.
"I'm really excited to be part of this,” said Hayden-Smith, who is also a UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Ventura County, specializing in 4-H youth, family and community development. "The fact that the Obamas are cultivating a food-producing garden on the grounds of the White House says really wonderful things about our country. The First Family is showing its concern about the health of Americans and reducing childhood obesity. That's something we at UC Cooperative Extension care a great deal about.”
Hayden-Smith Tweets as "Victory Grower” (@victorygrower) a persona she created to reflect her interest in a national revival of the Victory Garden movement, in which increasing food production was considered vital to bolstering national security by creating a more secure food supply.
"It's a different 'victory' now, but many of the goals are the same," Hayden-Smith said. "Gardens connect people with food and food production. Food is fundamental. It's what everyone shares in common. As we are entering a more challenging era of increased population and pressure on resources, it is vital for people to understand how to cultivate food.”
Hayden-Smith travels to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. On Thursday, she and her colleague Rachel Surls (@rachelsurls), UCCE advisor in Los Angeles County, will tour urban garden projects in the nation's capital. They will be Tweeting about their tour on Thursday afternoon using the tag #urbanag.
Though not an official part of White House Social, Surls will have a brief tour of the White House Kitchen Garden on Friday. She will Tweet on Friday using the tag #whgarden.
Surls and Hayden-Smith are joining with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources to promote urban agriculture in California, an effort that is expected to generate multiple benefits. Gardening provides a way for people to be physically active, to improve food access, to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and to reconnect people with agriculture.
Mark your calendars for a Nov. 2 web chat with UC President Mark Yudof and Staff Advisors to the Regents Kevin Smith and Kathy Barton.
A central focus of the discussion will be UC’s financial future and how success or failure of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s November ballot initiative, could impact UC.
The live employee web chat will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on UStream TV.
The event is an opportunity for all UC faculty and staff to have an open conversation with President Yudof about some of the issues facing the university and its employees.
“With the upcoming election and so many critical issues facing UC and all of higher education,” Smith said, “we wanted to give employees a chance to speak directly with President Yudof.”
You are encouraged to submit questions during the web cast via UStream (see instructions below), but you may also submit questions directly to the staff advisors via this email link in advance of the event.
View the webcast and submit questions
- Watch and participate in the web chat Friday, Nov. 2, from 12 to 1 p.m. at: http://www.ustream.tv/ucevents.
- To submit questions and comments during the web chat, you must create a UStream account. This is a simple process that takes about one minute. Sign up for an account at http://www.ustream.tv/login-signup. Note: Creating a UStream account is not required to simply view the webcast.
To participate in the live web chat, we recommend the following:
- A high-speed (broadband) Internet connection (1.5mbps/sec or greater)
- Speakers and/or headphones to listen to audio
We have tested the stream and chat with the following Internet browsers:
- Internet Explorer 8 and 9*
- Firefox 3
- Safari 5
- Google Chrome
*Please note: Users who attempt to create a UStream account using Internet Explorer 7 may encounter problems. We recommend using Firefox or Internet Explorer 8 to create an account. An account is required only if you wish to participate in the chat session; you may view the webcast without participating in the web chat and without creating a UStream account.
Hansen Research & Extension Center is soliciting proposals for new and continuing projects for project year 2013-14 for its competitive grants program and on-site research projects.
The UC Thelma Hansen Fund will finance research and education/outreach and policy projects through a competitive grants program. Projects need to align with at least one of ANR’s strategic initiatives and address one or more of the Hansen Fund goals. An estimated $200,000 is available for project funding through this RFP. For full details, see http://ucanr.org/sites/hansenagcenter/Hansen_Agricultural_Center_Programs/Grants.
The Hansen REC provides land, labor, equipment and facilities to researchers for small- to medium-sized plot projects. Additional information including a full facility description can be found at http://ucanr.org/sites/hansenagcenter/Hansen_Agricultural_Center_Programs/Grants/Facility_Description.
Submission of a letter of intent is the required first step in the application process. The deadline for submitting letters of intent is Nov. 14. Successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 3 and will need to submit a full proposal by Jan. 21, 2013.
For RFP details and instructions on submitting letters of intent, please go to the Hansen website at http://ucanr.org/sites/hansenagcenter/Hansen_Agricultural_Center_Programs/Grants .
- Author: Robert B Hutmacher
The West Side Research and Extension Center (WSREC) of the University of California is soliciting proposals for new and continuing research and demonstration projects to be conducted from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013.
Located on 320 acres of clay loam soil in the San Joaquin Valley, WSREC has land and equipment suitable for growing row, orchard and field crops, including vegetable crops, agronomic crops, trees, vines and turf grass. The center also provides labor, equipment, facilities and technical and management support to UC academics and to personnel from cooperating non-UC organizations, such as USDA-ARS or the CSU campuses. Approximately 7,500 hours of research center labor are available during the year to support approved projects. The WSREC is located in western Fresno County about 45 miles west of Highway 99 and about 7 miles east of Interstate 5.
To submit a proposal: Using your UC ANR Portal, go to the “Universal Review System Section” and under the “Open Systems” select “West Side REC call for Research Proposals & Reports 2013”. The “New Proposal” form needed for your submission is located on the right hand side. Fill out the Proposal form and then submit it using the create proposal button at the bottom of the page.
For information on submission via ANR Portal, contact Anita Hunt, Business Officer – 559-592-2048 Ext 151 ∙ E-mail: email@example.com
Proposals deadline: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
All project proposals will be evaluated and support hours allocated at our Research Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for early December 2012. For questions about the research proposal process or about research opportunities, please contact:
The Onward California campaign's gelato truck will be at the Davis Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and at the East Quad of the UC Davis campus on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The tour will visit the Big Fresno Fair this weekend on Oct. 6 and 7. Come out, eat a gelato bar and tell others how your work at UC makes a difference for them.
To see other Onward California tour locations, dates and times, visit http://onwardcalifornia.com/#tour.