After more than 100 4-H members, UC Master Gardeners and others attended a Riverside Board of Supervisors' meeting in support of UC Cooperative Extension June 10, the panel voted 5-0 to restore UCCE's funding, reported Jeff Horseman and Matt Kristoffersen in the Riverside Press Enterprise.
The vote reversed an earlier decision to cut UCCE funding as part of a larger plan to deal with reduced county tax receipts. If the funding had not been restored, services including 4-H, nutrition education and agricultural programs would have been effected, said
When Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks shared her disappointment with her summer garden, she got words of encouragement straight from Missy Gable, the director of the UC's Statewide Master Gardener Program. Gable commiserated with Banks, saying her own homegrown tomatoes wound up with blossom end rot because of irrigation difficulties this year.
"I had the same experience that most people did," Gable said.
Banks began the 2014 summer gardening season like most home gardeners, full of hope and enthusiasm. But as fall approached she found herself with "a few spindly stalks of okra, a tangle of barren melon vines and a pepper plant loaded with misshapen...
Who better to give advice on presents for gardeners but Master Gardeners certified by the University of California Cooperative Extension? asks Katherine Spiers this week in the KCET "In-Ground Gardens" blog.
The UC Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to extend research-based information to the public about home horticulture and pest management.
In the KCET story, a few UCCE Master Gardeners of Los Angeles County share their tips for excellent garden...
UC Master Gardener Geri Miller is making a living by tending a "bespoke garden" in Los Angeles, said an article on Forbes.com. The new trend is part garden, part urban farm and part farmers market.
Miller and her husband have built 8-by-4-foot raised beds in a previously vacant lot and are using a bio-intensive planting process to enable high production in little space. Beds for home chefs, which go for $327 per month, are sold out. Beds for restaurants, priced at about $427 per month, are still available.
With the bespoke garden, the renters have something to say about the plants that are grown, but they don't...
On Saturday, Aug. 3, thousands will gather at the UC Master Gardeners' Fair Oaks Horticulture Center for what has become the largest free garden event in the Sacramento area, said an article in the Sacramento Bee.
The public is invited to hear presentations, watch demonstrations, visit educational booths, tour the gardens and sample fresh tree fruit, grapes and vegetables. The Master Gardeners will staff a plant clinic, where visitors can get answers to their most pressing garden questions. Numerous garden-related items will be up for bit at a silent auction.
Begun in the 1980s as a meeting for Master Gardeners, the Harvest Day...