- Author: Wendy Powers
Despite the television news (stock market, Rochester, fires, temperatures) the good news continues in UC ANR!
Laura Ann Yee Vollmer started this week as the Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Adviser, based in Half Moon Bay, with programmatic responsibilities in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties. Please welcome Laura!
One of NOS's news stories got picked up by the LA Times in Spanish. Congratulations, Norma! If you haven't heard, Ricardo has a great lineup of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Be sure to take a look.
Scott Brayton also shared good news that I am excited to pass on. A passionate donor has made a very generous personal gift to form a new ANR endowment. The Citrus and Avocado (CA) Endowment will support critical and innovative research and extension activities designed to advance and protect citrus and avocado crops in California. Through this gift, our donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) has provided us with a long-term, sustainable resource that will enable us to better face today's challenges and create tomorrow's solutions. The CA Endowment will be established with an initial gift of $109,000. In addition, our donor has graciously pledged ongoing support to the endowment through a future estate gift. Development Services team member, Scott Brayton, stated that the donor is excited to make this gift to show their appreciation to all of ANR. In the wake of all that has happened this year, I am continually humbled by the support of our donors who stand apart as sources of optimism and inspiration for our work.
The Almond Board of California publically thanked UC ANR and farm advisors for the great work and research conducted in support of the almond industry.
I finished by project for the Master Gardener's auction. I hope there is much interest in the items and I can't wait to get them to Missy! I also completed my 21-day challenge last week, but work is far from finished and never will be when striving for excellence. However, the goal of the challenge is to prepare one for the journey.
Overall, a great start to a short week!