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Roberta Barton has joined the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a community educator. Barton will develop and lead unique outreach and educational programs that highlight key agricultural topics and research projects underway at the Kearney Agricultural, Lindcove and West Side Research and Extension Centers in Fresno and Tulare counties. The UC REC system enables the delivery of the highest quality science to promote healthy citizens and thriving communities. Barton holds a degree in Journalism from California State University, Fresno and has decades of community relations experience in the non-profit and public sectors, including previous positions with the Fresno County Public Library, Westlands Water District and Valley PBS.
Roberta Barton, a community educator for Kearney Agricultural, Lindcove, and West Side Research and Extension Centers.
County Location: Fresno County
Date Posted: January 24, 2014
Closing Date: February 17, 2014
Under the general direction of the Center Director, and in collaboration with the other center directors, this position will develop and lead unique outreach programs for Kearney Agricultural, Lindcove and West Side Research and Extension Centers. The successful candidate will:
- Create and implement multimedia outreach and educational programs that highlight key agricultural topics stemming from the Centers.
- Lead public tours, school and family programs, lectures and K-12 science educational programs.
- Develop contacts for outreach programs.
- Maintain records and prepare reports.
Outreach programs will include:
- Kearney: Develop an on-site K-12 program that teaches about farming and nutrition. Vines, berries, stone fruit, nuts, figs.
- West Side: Develop a K-12 program that goes to the schools and teaches about vegetables and nutrition. Winter vegetables, melons, onions, tomatoes, garlic.
- Lindcove: Develop a K-12 program that goes to the schools to teach about citrus varieties, citriculture and invasive pests.
For full consideration apply by 2/17/14 to req#20140027.
Local high school students learning about identifying and using beneficial insects for pest control.
UC helps the Fresno Farm and Nutrition Day increase student awareness of healthful food and where it comes from.
More than 1,600 third-graders and 330 teachers and chaperones from 24 Fresno County schools attended Farm and Nutrition Day March 22 at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds. Attendees had the opportunity to tour 50 stations with educational handouts, experiential workshops, presentations and demonstrations. Fresno County Farm Bureau organized the event with the assistance of several presenter groups, sponsors and volunteers, including two UC Agriculture and Natural Resources units.
KARE provided short presentations on what it takes to be a healthy plant and what it takes to be a healthy person, followed immediately by workshops where the students planted leaf lettuce transplants to take home and enjoy. This workshop was made possible with donations and volunteers. Valley Soil & Forest Products donated soil, The Plant People donated pots, and Greenheart Farms donated lettuce transplants. Ten volunteers helped ensure that all of the participants were able to pot up and take home leaf lettuce plants.
Fresno County UC Cooperative Extension provided nutritional presentations and demonstrations. Fresno’s community 4-H clubs brought farm animals to interact with the mostly urban students. Richard Molinar, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Fresno County, small farm program, displayed Southeast Asian vegetables and discussed Southeast Asian culture with the students.
Students at the Fresno Farm and Nutrition Day discussing what it takes to be a healthy plant and what it takes to be a healthy person.
Students potting up leaf lettuce transplants to take home and grow.
Richard Molinar displaying Southeast Asian vegetables and discussing Southeast Asian culture with students attending the Fresno Farm and Nutrition Day (photo by Fresno Farm Bureau).
The Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center will staff a booth at a blueberry, blackberry and strawberry tasting 8 a.m. to noon June 23 at the Bravo Lake Botanical Garden, 200 E. Naranjo Blvd. in Woodlake, Calif.
The event is hosted by UC Cooperative Extension in Tulare County, the UC small farm program, Woodlake Pride Inc., the California Blueberry Commission, the US Highbush Blueberry Council and the California Strawberry Commission.
Visitors to the Kearney booth can try blueberries, blackberries, plums, apricots, nectarines and peaches grown at the research facility. In addition, UC citrus from the Lindcove Research and Extension Center and the post harvest research program at Kearney will be offered.
Kearney staff will give participants recipes, healthy plate handouts, and information about how the IR-4 program at Kearney helps ensure that consumers have an abundant supply of eco-friendly, safe and affordable fresh produce, said Laura Van der Staay, Kearney Program and Facility Coordinator. IR-4 is federally funded research program that aims to secure registered uses of reduced-risk crop protection chemicals for specialty crop growers.
Cost of the tasting event is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 10. Children under 5 are free.
Bravo Lake Botanical Garden is the first agricultural botanical garden in California. The facility includes a tropical garden, a citrus orchard, a grape vineyard, peach, plum and nectarine trees and several vegetable gardens. It also features a rose garden.
A scene from a previous Bravo Lake Botanical Garden tasting event.
Nearly 2,000 third-graders visited the Fresno County fairgrounds March 23 to learn about the connection between the food they eat and their home county's No. 1 economic driver, agriculture.
Farm and Nutrition Day is sponsored by the Fresno County Farm Bureau and the Fresno Fair. UC Cooperative Extension in Fresno County has been involved since the event's inception in 2005; this was the first year for the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center to bring an educational booth to the event.
KARE program and facility coordinator Laura Van Der Staay and her assistant Julie Sievert secured donations of lettuce seedlings, potting soil and pots to give to the children who visited the booth. In addition, Van Der Staay and Sievert used a felt board to teach the children about the benefits of eating right and exercise.