Backyard Orchard News
Twelve weeks really flies by! A few of us found ourselves twiddling our thumbs last Monday night - the first night in months when we didn't have an MFP class to attend. This first class graduated back on Monday, June 20th, sending 18 (!) brand new Master Food Preservers out into Los Angeles County to teach the public the essentials of safe home food preservation. Our instructor, MFP Ernest Miller wasted NO time in recruiting some volunteers for his new Pickle University at The Farmer's Kitchen in Hollywood and several of us are already partnering with local organizations and markets to fulfill our 30 volunteer hours.
But before we get into all that, first a little recap. Graduation was a fun night. We all talked about our plans, what we liked best in the class, and what we wanted more of in the future. We had a GREAT silent auction to raise money for the program. And before we were handed our diplomas, we had a little surprise for our dedicated instructor.
As classmate, and now MFP, Alexandra said, what's the point of social media except to embarrass those we love? Ernest Miller, you are awesome. And yes, we'll be teaching the next class. I only hope we're able to do as good a job as he did.
We'll be posting dates and locations of where you can find our new MFPs teaching about canning and preserving. In the meantime, if you want/need an MFP at your event, contact Brenda at email@example.com./span>
Not all bumble bees are primarily black. Take the Bombus flavifrons. We spotted a male Bombus...
Male bumble bee (Bombus flavifrons) nectaring perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bottoms Up: A bumble bee (Bombus flavifrons) inside a perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Las parrillas atraen con su aroma y chicos y grandes corren y juegan en la playa; ¡ha llegado el verano! Las ensaladas de fruta, deliciosas y refrescantes, además de saludables, son un deleite para el paladar durante el verano y son uno de los platillos más fáciles de preparar. Servida con costillas a la barbacoa o para la merienda mientras se disfruta del sol, usted podrá preparar y disfrutar de esta nutritiva ensalada de fruta en pocos minutos.
3 plátanos pelados y en rodajas
1 libra de uvas verdes y rojas sin semilla
1 libra de fresas, sin las hojitas y cortadas
5 duraznos pelados y picados
3 kiwis pelados y picados
½ taza de jugo de piña
Jugo de un limón
- En un tazón grande, mezcle las frutas cortadas y picadas.
- Mezcle los ingredientes para el aderezo en un tazón pequeño.
- Agregue el aderezo a la ensalada y mezcle cuidadosamente. Cúbrala y enfríela en el refrigerador antes de servirla.
Forceps, please! Have you ever stopped to admire a blossom and seen forceps...
Tell-tale sign of an earwig. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Earwig exposed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Kearney community marked the retirement of its long-time computer programmer John Rassmussen today. John came to Kearney shortly after graduating from college to manage a brand new integrated pest management outreach system located at the field station. In 1981, IPM was delving into computer communications by offering a weather database, news features and pest management guidelines that could be read on terminals at UC Cooperative Extension county offices.
The computer at Kearney - with its 96 megabyte hard drive and one-quarter megabyte internal memory - cost $125,000, John said. It was connected to terminals in Bakersfield, Visalia, Shafter and Fresno via dedicated phone lines.
Over the years, as technology advanced, John became the self-taught network administrator and computer support professional for the scientists and staff at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. An avid outdoorsman, John plans to spend more time hiking, caving, mountaineering and endurance running during retirement.
John and his wife Marcia lead the buffet line.
Kearney artist Gwen Conville created a "mountain" cake for the retirement gathering.