UCCE Master Gardener volunteers assisted UC staff rotating the Students and teachers between workshops focusing on K-9 training and related careers; crop rotation strategies and hands on potato harvest, vertebrate pest management and gopher trapping demonstration; in addition to plant pathology and strawberry research.
South Coast REC staff, assisted by UCCE Master Gardener volunteers, provide a tour of the Center followed by a walk through the citrus trees for a talk and taste.
The group had a great time giving their taste buds a real workout with the varying degrees of sour to sweet notes while tasting several varieties such as sweet lime, kumquats, blood orange, lemons, grapefruit, and pumelo.
Though it was a small crew, a final tally of the gleaned fruit was 4,259 lbs. The volunteers were very proud of their contribution to such a worthy cause.
UC ANR South Coast REC had some youth visitors this morning from one of the local high schools. Working with Dr. Hagop Atamian, Chapman University, the students planted their seedlings started during a prior class. A little fresh air, digging in the dirt - how can you not have fun?
Local Orange County Kindergarten students along with their two teachers and parent chaperones visited the South Coast REC Youth Garden for the classes' first field trip. After setting their own rules of conduct for the morning, the excited children were split up into groups to participate in the activities conducted by UCCE Master Gardener – Orange County volunteers. Teachers, parents, and children alike enjoyed learning about insects in the garden and plant anatomy. All the students were sent home with ‘Good Bugs in the Garden' coloring books, and their painted lady bug rock.