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"Romaine Calm & Carrot On" takes next step

Thanks to the 800-plus registrants for the April 21 Romaine Calm & Carrot On! Activating Your Local Community Food & Resource Exchange webinar, we made a lot of new connections and generated some great ideas. People from at least 15 states and five other countries joined the conversation about helping our local communities, according to event hosts Nick Papadopoulos of CropMobster and Gabe Youtsey, UC ANR chief innovation officer.

The next step is to focus with smaller groups of dedicated individuals to organize and achieve results. The first CropMobster Cafe will be on Friday, May 8, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Participation in the cafe is free, but limited to the first 25 people to register who participated in the webinar and are signed up with CropMobster. In the small group session, Papadopoulos will highlight more practical how-to's, tips and best practices for sharing resources, trading food and supplies and building stronger local communities through mutual aid.

If you missed the Romaine Calm & Carrot On! webinar, you can view the

Register for CropMobster Cafe at

“For bigger picture questions and regional leaders looking to activate your own community exchange campaign, we'd love to explore partnering,” said Youtsey. 

Contact Gabe Youtsey at (530) 750-1314 and or Nick Papadopoulos at (707) 332-9209 and

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:34 AM
Tags: April 2020 (14), coronavirus (4), The VINE (2)

UC ANR compiles resources to help cope with COVID-19 crisis

At, helpful links are compiled, including the Cal Ag Tour page to help consumers purchase directly from local farms and ranches.

While United States leaders continue to grapple with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, many Californians have concerns about basic needs and safety connected with the illness and subsequent shelter-in-place guidelines. By its nature, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources can offer expertise to help them cope with this challenging situation.

People are wondering about food, water, exercise, educating their children and adjusting to a new lifestyle – topics covered by our nutrition, family and consumer sciences programs. In addition, UC ANR's expertise in agricultural science is invaluable for farmers who are essential businesses growing food for people in the United States and abroad. Natural resources programs are able to offer guidance for using outdoor facilities under the circumstances.

To make these practical resources easy to find, UC ANR leadership and Strategic Communications aggregated relevant information in one place on our website, The webpage includes sections on “agriculture,” “food, water and nutrition,” “youth development,” “exploring your environment,” “gardening," and "health and wellness."

Fact sheets, like this food safety handout by Erin DiCaprio, can be printed and shared.

Please share this resource with your clientele, friends and family. If you have ANR resources that should be added to these pages, please email them to

UC ANR has a second website with COVID-19 information specifically for employees, found at That site contains sections on:

  • CDC guidelines and recommendations
  • Telecommuting and remote work
  • Travel
  • Wellness and mental health resources
  • Guidance for ANR locations and programs
  • Program-specific guidance
  • Additional resources
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 2:57 PM
Tags: April 2020 (14), coronavirus (4), COVID-19 (2)

ANR’s rapid response to COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The world has changed profoundly in the past few weeks, compelling us to change the way we live and work to slow the new coronavirus pandemic. Your ability to adapt and to innovate on the fly is nothing short of amazing. These are incredibly trying times for all of us, some more than others. Some of you are working at home and home-schooling children. Others are caring for elderly parents.

I am so proud of the way ANR people are rapidly transforming the way they work. In the daily UC ANR COVID-19 Update, we've been highlighting some examples and will continue to feature innovative efforts. I encourage you to note your efforts on the divisionwide tracker that Strategic Communications created.

Please continue to monitor for resources to help you take care of yourselves and alleviate stress. In this newsletter, you'll also find links to wellness resources.

I appreciate your commitment and all that you do. While we are socially distancing, we will get through this together. Stay safe!

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM
Tags: coronavirus (4), Glenda Humiston (69), March 2020 (20)

Working from home gives us furry officemates

Lorna Krkich's Kitty Bubka demonstrates social distancing from neighbor Brewer.

As we shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us find ourselves sharing workspace with our pets. Some ANR colleagues have posted photos of their four-legged coworkers on social media. We could all use some softer news with images of cute animals.

If you would like to share a photo of your pet, please email it to along with your pet's name and temporary job title. Pets need not be furry, we welcome diversity.

Here are some pics of ANR's work-from-home support staff:

Niamh Quinn's assistant Jake solves urban human conflicts.
Larry Bettiga gets some laptop help from his lap dog.
Brook Gamble's CalNat home team.
Dan Macon sheepdog drives the ATV.
Rachel Surls' urban ag partner demonstrates self-isolation.
Ryan Cleland's office mate shows him how to stretch.
Katie Johnson shares her home office with her kids.
Michelle Hammer Coffer's assistants are ready to serve.
Jeannette Warnert's office mate Bobcat
Ryan Tompkin's forestry research assistant.
Rose Hayden-Smith has a diverse home office staff.
Pam Kan-Rice's home office boss Chairman Meow Meow wears a tuxedo.
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3:50 PM
Tags: coronavirus (4), March 2020 (20)
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