No plans scheduled for the weekend? Come check out the UC ANR 10th Annual Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo - fun for everyone!
Activities for the Whole Family!
Explore the sustainable gardening practices at work in the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Demonstration Landscapes - including rainwater harvesting, low-water plantings, more efficient irrigation, composting, mulching and environmentally friendly pest control alternatives. Docent-led tours will be offered throughout this event.
Taste fresh, seasonal fruit grown at the University of California ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center. Learn food preservation methods from UC Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Orange County
Kids – check out the youth garden for games and activities and be sure to stop by for a picture at the Urban Chicken booth or do a craft and meet some furry friends at the 4-H Youth Development Program booth.
View a demonstration on butterflies, garden tool care, self-watering containers, or food preservation.
Get answers to your landscape questions from University of California experts, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County, various industry exhibitors and local water agencies. The ever popular “Doctors Are In” will be available throughout this event to answer any of your landscape, irrigation, and pest management questions.
Grab a burger or hot dog, maybe a fresh-made doughnut or snow cone, in support of the 4-H Teen Council.
Succulents and other plants available for sale – cash or checks only.
This is a FREE event hosted by University of California ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center, Cooperative Extension – Orange County, with support from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Irvine Ranch Water District, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Elevations, Filtrexx, and County of Orange Public Education Stormwater Program.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9 am to 2 pm
7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA
Directions, updates and additional details at: www.ucanr.edu/sites/urbanwatermgmt
- Author: Mary Bonaparte-Saller
The 2018-2019 4-H year has officially begun!
Orange County 4-H provides local youth with informal educational opportunities in the context of positive youth development, with the goal of growing the learners and leaders of tomorrow.
What does 4-H do? 4-Hers are learners. Our youth gain knowledge and skills in the content areas of agriculture, S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, & math), and healthy living. For example, in our 4-H clubs, each year youth will select a few hands-on projects they wish to participate in. This year we have a wide variety of projects taking place including projects focused on rabbits, archery, gardening, beekeeping, veterinary science, robotics, and more!
4-Hers are leaders. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Our mission is to support youth by not only providing educational learning experiences that help youth explore their interests and learn new knowledge and skills, but by providing youth with experiences that cultivate perseverance and problem-solving (Head), empathy and communication (Heart), leadership and service (Hands), and confidence and self-discipline (Health). These are skills that are essential for success in whatever profession youth decide to pursue.
How does 4-H do it? 4-H provides youth with these academic skills and developmental traits through a variety of delivery modes including year-long clubs, after-school programs, and professional development of adult staff and volunteers from 4-H and from other local youth programs. These adult leaders play a critical role in 4-H's mission to grow learners and leaders. Adult leaders serve as mentors and role models who share their expertise and passions, connecting with youth and providing them with the support they need to thrive. As part of the University of California, all 4-H programming is informed by the latest research in informal education and positive youth development; evaluation and improvement is ongoing.
We are currently looking for adults to volunteer their time as leaders of club projects! If you are passionate about leading kids in hands-on learning projects in gardening, cooking, robotics, poultry, engineering, or something else, please call the Orange County 4-H program at 949-653-1813 or visit us at www.oc4h.org for more information.
Take a look at some of our 4-Hers growing in…
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National Honey Bee Day 2018: Brush up on your knowledge of bee protection
Author: Stephanie Parreira
Celebrate National Honey Bee Day by brushing up on your knowledge of bee protection—check out the newly revised Best Management Practices to Protect Bees from Pesticides and Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratingsfrom UC IPM. These resources will help you strike the right balance between applying pesticides to protect crops and reducing the risk of harming our most important pollinators.
The best management practices now contain important information regarding the use of adjuvants and tank mixes, preventing the movement of pesticide-contaminated dust, and adjusting chemigation practices to reduce bee exposure to pesticide-contaminated water. The Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings have also been updated to include ratings for 38 new pesticides, including insecticides (baits, mixtures, and biological active ingredients), molluscicides (for snail and slug control), and fungicides.
Most tree and row crops are finished blooming by now, but it is a good idea to learn about bee protection year-round. Visit these resources today to choose pesticides that are least toxic to bees and learn how you can help prevent bees from being harmed by pesticide applications.
NATIONAL AVOCADO DAY - nationaldaycalendar.com
Ripe for the picking, add this delicious superfruit to your menu to join in National Avocado Day on July 31!
Guacamole is grand, but don't settle for just the chips and dip on this food holiday. Clear the table for everything from the appetizer and main dish all the way to dessert. On National Avocado Day, this tree grown fruit has them all covered!
Avocados have become more than a staple food in the American diet; they have proven to be a key ingredient in recipes for both inside the body and on the body! According to the Hass Avocado Board, as of 2015, avocado consumption in the United States doubled since 2005 and quadrupled since 2000. In fact, a whopping 4.25 billion avocados were sold in the U.S. in 2015. That's four point two five billion of this amazingly beautiful food.
There are many reasons to celebrate National Avocado Day. Targeting insulin resistance with heart-healthy fats and fighting Alzheimer's with its Omega 3 fatty acids, the avocado also prevents and repairs damage due to its source of Vitamins C, E and K.
One of the secret weapons in an avocado is the high oleic acid content. This moisturizing fatty acid helps keep skin soft and hydrated but also supports regeneration of damaged skin cells reducing redness and irritation. Eat more of this superfruit or cook with avocado oil if you have this type of skin issue.
Ancient Aztecs used the avocado to beautify their skin topically with masks, and in the early 20th century the cosmetic industry discovered the benefits of its oil in creams, lotions, facial cleansers and other products that required a smooth application. The practice continues today.
Avocados have found their way into every meal of the day and even into dessert. The creamy texture replaces calorie-laden oils with healthful fats so we can indulge without the guilt. What better way to celebrate National Avocado Day than to indulge a little?
Enjoy an avocado and try a new recipe. Share your favorite avocado recipe and use #NationalAvocadoDay to post on social media.
Model Meals founded National Avocado Day at the peak of California avocado season, on July 31.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Avocado Day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2017.
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