Filling up two separate sessions, community participants of all ages were out to enjoy the bright sunshine and learn how this tasty staple is grown while harvesting a bag or two to take home for their favorite recipe.
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?