- Author: Karen Giovannini
UCCE Sonoma County congratulates Lucia Varela, Ph.D., Area-wide Integrated Pest Management Advisor for the North Coast on being awarded Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture by the 20130 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
Each year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair recognizes five individuals or businesses for their dedication and support to Sonoma County’s 3 Billion dollar agriculture industry. This year’s Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture is being awarded to Lucia Varela, Ph.D. The award recognizes an individual who works to promote and enhance the agricultural industry through their contribution, operation and community involvement in Sonoma County. This award is given to someone who is not directly involved in agriculture, but has supported and benefitted the industry through their endeavors.
Congratulations Lucia in recognition for your years of support of Sonoma County Agriculture.
- Author: Julia Van Soelen Kim
Hear how UC Cooperative Extension serves the North Bay on two podcasts by host and Sonoma Valley farmer, Andrea Davis-Cetina on the Sustainable Growing show which aired on KSVY 91.3.
On March 7, the episode features Linda Peterson, discussing the Agropreneur Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. UCCE Sonoma is finishing up its three year USDA grant with this year's training. Listen to the March 7 Podcast.
- Author: Karen Giovannini
Today, UC Cooperative Extension continues to serve communities throughout California as part of the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), with 200 locally based Cooperative Extension advisors, 130 campus-based Cooperative Extension specialists, 57 county offices throughout the state, and nine research and extension centers.
Over a century of service, Cooperative Extension has continued to connect communities with the land grant campus, bringing practical, trusted, science based solutions to Californians.
- Author: Linda Peterson
- KRCB –North Bay Report Danielle Venton interviewed graduate Vince Trotter and Linda Peterson. This short piece is a quick way to learn about the program.
- KSVY –March 7 podcast with local farmer/radio host, Andrea Davis Cetina. The podcast provides an in-depth look at the program.
- KBBF interview on “Women's Voices” – Amy Contardi interviewed Linda Peterson, Program Coordinator, and Fabiola Espinosa – Latino Service Providers/partner.
We were fortunate to have funding through our USDA grant to produce a video to help promote the program with Santa Rosa Junior College
- Author: Mimi Enright
Did you know that a low water garden in Sonoma County on average uses a third of the water that a lawn requires? For example, a 1,000 square foot water-wise garden uses 5,000 to 10,000 gallons per year, while the same size lawn uses more than 22,000 gallons per year. It's been a dry year; and helping educate Sonoma County homeowners on water conservation practices addresses the importance of reducing residential landscape water usage.
Master Gardeners are trained in water management, irrigation systems, site assessment, low-water use plants and sustainable gardening practices. The primary objective is to help home gardeners remove lawns and install drought tolerant plants that do well in Sonoma County. Garden Sense consultants are available to make a home visit to any Sonoma County residence to discuss how a homeowner can easily conserve water (and save money) by creating a climate-appropriate garden that is healthy, environmentally sound, and most of all – beautiful. More information is available on the Sonoma County Master Gardener's web site at Garden Sense.