The Lindcove Research and Extension Center partnered with the Tulare Public Library on March 28 to present a special Kids' Citrus Farmers Market at the Library. The event incorporated the Library's ag-themed motto, "Come Grow with TPL," into a fun-filled afternoon of citrus tasting, citrus trivia and educational citrus activities to kick off National Library Week. Other participants included the International Agri-Center and the Fresno County Ag Detector Dog Luna.
- Author: Elizabeth E Grafton-Cardwell
Western region Research and Extension Directors from California, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon Wyoming and Colorado met at the Kearney Research and Extension Center to discuss programs and potential collaborations. As part of their meeting they toured the facilities and programs at Lindcove REC. Lisa Fischer, Associate Director for the California REC system, developed the program for this meeting.
Second and third grade students at Snowden Elementary School in Farmersville learned all about citrus this month. Roberta Barton, ANR Community Educator, teamed up with Grilda Gomez, Tulare County CE Nutrition Educator, to visit 125 students in nine classes. Lessons focused on citrus varieties grown at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center and promoted healthy eating and physical activity. Students viewed samples of pummelo, mandarin and citron fruit and then participated in a citrus tasting after a nutrition and exercise session. The presentations were given during National Nutrition Week and to highlight agriculture in the weeks leading up to National Ag Week.
- Author: Therese Kapaun
Lindcove REC was kept busy during the World Ag Expo, which is held annually in Tulare. This year's event took place from February 10-12 and was visited by more than 100,000 attendees.
Busloads of visitors came to LREC for fruit tastings, guided tours through the Demonstration Orchard, informative talks by Therese Kapaun about the research projects here at the Center and by Dr. Rock Christiano of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program about the clean citrus budwood program. One group toured the packline and listened to Donald Cleek explain the types of measurements the machine can record.
We were delighted to receive high school students from Utah, college students from Washington, a group on an Ag Expo tour to visit nearby ag-related industries, and citrus growers from Morocco and Mexico.