UCCE Marin County 2015 Annual Report
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UCCE Marin County 2015 Annual Report

Sustainable Communities

MFPC Canal Tour
Spotlighting opportunities to improve food access in Marin communities
The Marin Food Policy Council (MFPC) was founded to address issues connected to food production, access, distribution, and nutritional health, affecting the county’s 248,794 residents. The Council serves a unique purpose that is not duplicated by any other body in the Marin, bringing together the local food system stakeholders in a roundtable format that allows for information exchange, resource identification, and prioritization of needs. MFPC organized tours in Marin City, West Marin, and the Canal District in San Rafael to connect with dedicated organizations such as Marin City Community Services District and West Marin Community Services in order to better understand the barriers to access to local healthy food for these communities. The information and findings from these tours are being used to support policy changes and program development that will realize identified opportunities to improve access going forward.


S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the classroom and beyond

Youth that have increased opportunities to engage in experiential science and math activities have increased interest in those topics. In fact, they are 1.7 times more likely to take courses or pursue a career in science, engineering, or technology, and for girls the likelihood is even higher. Putting these benefits into action for Marin youth, Allison Keaney, UCCE 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator, has successfully grown the department’s 4-H in the Classroom program. Nearly 500 Marin youth participated in National 4-H Youth Science Day, including our partnership event with Autodesk. Additionally, science outreach experiences for students, in class and afterschool programs, reached 21 classrooms in 9 schools. Students explored urban forests with our “Trees for You and Me” program and learned about avian life cycles by hatching their own chicks.

Novato Human Needs

Youth learning through community service

Service learning is a key component to the 4-H experience where youth learn valuable leadership and organization skills while working in the service of others.
4-H youth members gave over 6,500 hours supporting 21 different efforts and organizations, serving children, the elderly, animals, the military, and the underprivileged.

As Rachael Metzger, 4-H participant for six years, explains, "Volunteering with the Marin Food Bank showed me how kids and teens can have such a positive effect on the  solution to hunger in Marin County."

Community Garden Summit

Third Marin Community Garden Summit highlights successes of  Marin City and Bayside MLK Academy

Marin’s network of community garden participants, managers, and allies convened at Bayside Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy to participate in Marin’s 3rd Community Garden Summit. Presentations, displays, and tours covered information and resources for seed and tool sharing, management and leadership models for garden governance, and other topics. The highlights of the day included lunch by Conscious Kitchen and a tour of the Academy’s garden demonstrating the integration of garden education with healthy food choices and preparation that Bayside and partners have led.

Mexican Museum collage

Marrying art and science through the “Arte.Ciencia.Naturaleza.” partnership
Our "Art.Science.Nature." collaboration with the Forest Service and The Mexican Museum features a cross-cultural exploration of science and nature through the lens of Mexican art and culture. Janice Alexander, Environmental Education Coordinator led this year's focus  on corn, a crop that originated in Mexico and still plays a large role in the current culture even though much corn is now grown in the United States. Using cultural items from the past as an entry point, the program discussed today's agricultural environment and how it impacts cultures on both sides of the border. Displays and activities were presented at Family Day at the Museum as well as Marin County Farm Day and other youth science events. 

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