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October is National Farm-to-School Month

Partner with the University of California for National Farm to School Month.
Schools across the country are celebrating local connections to local food producers in October during National Farm to School Month. Education and outreach activities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and field trips are teaching students about healthy, local foods and food's journey from the farm to their forks.

There are plenty of opportunities for teachers and schools to celebrate and get involved in National Farm to School Month with the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). Here are a few ideas to get you started.

4-H youth development

Launch a 4-H Club at your school. The 4-H Youth Development Program emphasizes enrichment education through inquiry-based learning. Core content areas include Healthy Living as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Clubs have access to a wealth of curricula materials exploring food, agriculture and natural resources. 4-H also offers the Ag in the Classroom school enrichment program.

Lettuce planting delights young gardeners.
Boots on the ground

Invite UC ANR academics and program staff to your career day or science fair or to make a classroom presentation. Specialists from Master Gardeners, Nutrition Education, Project Learning Tree, California Naturalist and other UC ANR programs know how to engage and inspire your students.

Some programs, including Project Learning Tree, offer "train the trainer" professional development workshops that equip educators with the skills and knowledge to teach concepts in their own classrooms. Project Learning Tree also provides free activity guides to teachers who attend their workshops. The guides highlight differentiated instruction, reading connections, and assessment strategies and offer ideas to integrate technology into classroom instruction,

Research and Extension Centers

Take your students on a field trip to a UC ANR Research and Extension Center (REC). The nine RECs in California are focal points for community participation and for active involvement in current and relevant regional agricultural and natural resource challenges.

Visiting a REC offers students a unique opportunity to learn about food production through the lens of applied science research in plant pathology, integrated pest management, conservation tillage, water conservation, development of new crop varieties, and much more. Some RECs also host extended education programs such as Sustainable You! Summer Camp and FARM SMART.

Students learn about post-harvest research at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
Take the first step

The 2016 National Farm to School Month theme is One Small Step, which highlights the easy ways anyone can get informed, get involved and take action to advance farm to school in their own communities and across the country.

Each week will have a different focus:

  • Education (October 3-7)
  • Healthy School Meals (October 10-14)
  • Farmers & Producers (October 17-21)
  • The Next Generation (October 24-28)

Join the celebrations by signing the One Small Step pledge then take your own small step to support healthy kids, thriving farms and vibrant communities this October by partnering with UC ANR.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:29 AM
  • Author: Roberta Barton

Solutions to Top 5 Tomato Plant Problems

Tomato leaf roll. [R. Wallace agrilife.org]

From the UC Master Gardener Statewide Blog The tomato is one of the most versatile and rewarding plants to grow in a summer edible garden. According to a 2014 study by the National Gardening Association, 86 percent of homes with vegetable gardens grow...

Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 3:23 PM
Tags: blossom end rot (2), catfacing (2), cracks (2), green shoulders (2), leaf curl (3), leaf roll (2), Master Gardeners (12), snowden (1), sunburn (2), sunscald (1), tomato (4), tomatoes (11), UCIPM (66), yellowing (1)

IPM Workshop: Are You Registered?

Are you busy on Thursday, January 28? Are you a retail nursery/garden center employee, Master Gardener, or someone interested in learning more about garden pests in southern California? If so, join us for a one-day, jam-packed IPM workshop covering...

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 3:58 PM
Tags: abiotic (4), asian citrus psyllid (35), garden (46), invasive (46), IPM (64), Master Gardeners (12), nursery (10), pesticides (28), pests (55), retail (10), training (11), workshop (11)

New Video: Weed Out Unwanted Plants to Conserve Water

Hand-weeding is the best option in areas where other plants are growing.

Weeds don't just look unsightly, they also rob other plants of water, says a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) expert in a new water conservation video released today. Any loss of water is a concern as California's fourth summer of drought...

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Gable (1), Master Gardeners (12), UC IPM (225), UCANR News (2), video (9), weeds (64), YouTube (3)

Don’t Grow Crazy – An Update on California’s PlantRight Program

Figure 1. Periwinkle (Vinca major) is a fastgrowing, competitive plant that forms dense mats of growth.

[From the April 2015 issue of the UC IPM Retail Newsletter] Choosing the right plant for the right place is a key element to protecting California's rich natural ecosystems. When used appropriately, plants offer us nourishment, beauty, sanctuary, and...

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:32 AM

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