Backyard Orchard News
With just two weeks until the first 2011 Master Food Preserver class for LA County graduates, it seemed time to get our blog up and running at ucanr.org (don't you just love that url? ucanr? mecanr? theycanr?)
These past several weeks have been challenging, fun, educational, and fulfilling. But graduation is only the beginning. With new name badges and a slew of reference materials in tow, our MFP class will be going out into LA County and educating the public about safe home food preservation techniques, answering questions, and providing information about local resources.
And we're gearing up to offer the next Master Food Preserver class! We'll be announcing more detailed info about that very soon.
In the meantime, if you're in Los Angeles County and have questions about home food preservation, keep tabs on us here or visit our Facebook page. If you're interested in having a Master Food Preserver come to your farmers market or community event, please contact UCCE Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor Brenda Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More to come! Stay tuned!
Exciting news! Scientists based at the University of California, San Francisco, have discovered...
Honey bee nectaring on lavender. A UCSF team just discovered four new honey bee viruses. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Insect virus researcher Michelle Flenniken, the Haagen-Dazs Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, explains a bee colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A group of farmers from Tongyeong, South Korea, visited the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center today to learn about the scope of research activities under way at the facility.
The visit was arranged by the City of Reedley, situated 4 miles east of Kearney. Reedley and Tongyeong are sister cities.
The visiting farmers produce a diversity of crops in South Korea, including citrus, strawberries, orchids, kiwis, mangos and figs. At Kearney, they toured the post harvest facility, research plots and the greenhouse. This afternoon and tomorrow they will visit local farms and packing houses.
The Korean farmers showed particular interest in UC's Navel and Valencia Export to Korea (NAVEK) program. In 2004, Korea rejected incoming citrus from California when inspectors detected fruit infected with Septoria spot, which is caused by a pest that has not been reported in Korea. UC scientists developed a fruit certification program to ensure that fruit with Septoria spot isn't shipped to Korea.
The Korean farmers' week long trip to the United States will not be all business. They plan to take time to visit the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Las Vegas, Nev., according to their guide, Sonny Er.
Don't forget your sunglasses if you're heading over to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre...
Honey bee nectaring on Gaillardia at Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Talk about a bee celebration! Folks with a passion for honey bees and native bees can head over to...
Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) nectaring on California white sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, looks over a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)