- Author: Melanie Weir
We are excited to announce two new positions in UCCE Alameda County:
County Location: Alameda County
Date Posted: January 10, 2022
Closing Date: February 10, 2022
The Community Education Specialist 2 will perform the full range of program implementation duties. Incumbent will be responsible for the coordination, management, and delivery of nutrition education to community based adults and/or youth. This includes training, guiding, and supporting volunteer extenders with education, information and resources; evaluating program implementation; collecting and compiling enrollment, documentation, and evaluation data from volunteer extenders and participants; performing data entry for reporting and writing reports in compliance with funding requirements.
Incumbent will build and maintain an informal network of partners, align special nutrition education projects with UC approved curricula and educational materials, develop news releases and news articles, and maintain subject matter competence.
This position's primary focus will be on conducting, managing, and evaluating a nutrition education program to improve the environment of the school and community.
This position is a career appointment that is 100% fixed.
Number of positions available: 2
This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
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Recent discussions led by UCCE Bay Area Urban Ag, in collaboration with local community members, observed that "one of the most challenging hurdles for beginning and immigrant farmers (is) securing land to grow food. Meanwhile, religious institutions own lands throughout the United States that are often suitable for agriculture."
Varying in size from 1,000 square feet to 100 acres, faith based groups have the ability to partner with communities to "save resources, advance food security, connect traditional faith-based stories to land and agriculture, and help small farmers overcome economic and structural barriers".
Innovative examples include:
- A farmer leasing from a Seventh Day Adventist middle school in Sonoma County, CA.
- A farmer who leased land from her church while developing a farm project, allowing for her to scale to the point she qualified for a USDA loan for a piece of land that has a home and infrastructure.
- Partnerships were established with perennial food forest and seed banks (eg.4-acres on an Episcopal Church site).
"The Faithlands movement is growing nationally to connect and inspire faith communities to use their land in new ways that promote ecological and human health, support local food and farming, enact reparative justice, and strengthen communities. On the Agrarian Trust's Faithlands web page, download the free FAITHLANDS TOOLKIT A Guide to Transformative Land Use. Interfaith is a regional and national organization which supports congregations of all faiths, denominations and backgrounds by connecting them with farmers and supporting farm stand initiation, farmers markets, and CSAs.
The idea is innovative and traditional: Many faith-based groups are doing community-based food systems work, such as:
- emergency food distribution
- operation of commercial-scale kitchens
- stewarding lands
Faithlands work can be cultivated by local farmers
Lands stewarded by faith-based groups in urban areas present a huge opportunity for cultivation by urban farmers, given high costs of land values in cities. This use is be stewarted by organizations like Land for Good - which supports land transfers for farming and the development of land use agreements. Their amazing ToolBox web page has significant resources for building and negotiating leases for- and with- farmers and landowners.
Read More about the recent event mentioned above here: Growing Food & Land Access/Security with Urban and Peri-Urban Farms on Faithlands - UCCE Urban Ag Program Blog - October 19th, 2021
- Contributor: frank mcPherson
Curious goats milled around the masked elementary school students who were raking out the livestock stalls. After a year of social distancing due to COVID-19 precautions, the goats were enthralled by the youngsters who visited UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center in San Mateo County.
“The animals were missing kids, they're used to getting more loving,” said Beth Loof, 4-H youth community educator at Elkus Ranch. “Goats are really social. They get distressed when they are alone.”
Tucked behind the rolling green hills of Half Moon Bay off state Route 1, Elkus Ranch is a working landscape that, in a normal year, hosts people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area for field trips, conferences, community service projects, internships and summer camps.
During the pandemic, UC ANR has limited visitors to "social bubbles" of children and adults for outdoor education at the 125-acre ranch, which has implemented a variety of COVID protocols for the safety of visitors. During Adventure Days, young people spend four hours caring for animals, tending gardens, making a nature-themed craft project and hiking around the property.
"We would love to bring children from urban areas of the Bay Area to Elkus Ranch," said Frank McPherson, director of UC Cooperative Extension for Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. "So they can learn where food comes from, before it gets to the grocery store."
Read Full Article by Pam Rice, Here: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=50272
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources brings the power of UC to all 58 California counties. Through research and Cooperative Extension in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, economic and youth development, our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians. Learn more at ucanr.edu and support our work at donate.ucanr.edu.
- Author: Leah sourbeer
The many months of COVID19 shelter-in-place have been full of challenging changes. We have had to alter the ways we work, play and connect. For the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP), our remote environment has led us to invent new ways to continue serving our communities. The EFNEP youth team in Alameda and Contra Costa counties eagerly embraced the challenge of creating lesson materials for remote delivery. Educators are creating numerous video lessons for students from kindergarten to middle school, covering concepts from handwashing to MyPlate to label reading, and more!
Video lessons with nutrition educators guide students through asynchronous learning. Lessons include time working independently at home, paired with live class interaction withEFNEP educators.
Check out a sample of the educators' videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u3tnutLTq4
For more information, contact Leah Sourbeer, EFNEP Program Supervisor email@example.com
- Author: frank mcpherson
On December 8th, 2020, Dr. Mary Blackburn Was Acknowledged by the Alameda Board of Supervisors, For Her Contribution to Residents
Click here to view Dr. Mary Blackburn's Resolution
Dr. Blackburn has served the Bay Area community for over 50 years. Her work provides Nutrition Education to Seniors, Youth and Families, with a focus on offering dietary recommendations for “At Risk” community members and Black People at risk for chronic disease. Her work with UC Cooperative Extension expanded this research to assessment and evaluations focused on providing policymakers with an opportunity to support social and public health efforts. Blackburn's work has focused on increasing fresh food access, decreasing childhood food insecurity, increasing food allotment and providing health education classes for families struggling to make ends meet.
Dr. Blackburn has won numerous local, state, regional and national awards over the years, including the NEAFCS National Excellence through Research award five times. On September 14, 2020, she was inducted into the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Hall of Fame.
Dr. Blackburn is well known for pioneering work that addresses social and community health needs across Alameda County and the Bay Area. Her work includes a focus on black and multi-ethnic people, at risk for chronic disease, pregnant women, children and adolescents. She delivers research-based nutrition and quality of life education to at-risk and vulnerable communities. More recent work involves collaboration with UC CalFresh Healthy Living program staff and UC Master Gardener Program volunteers. This work includes a gardening project for senior citizens designed to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and overall well-being in affordable housing in Oakland.