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    Herb Study - Fall 2023

    There is so much to discuss when this subject presents itself – which way do you go? If you choose the road most traveled, you will find yourself immersed in a plethora of information to which others also have access. The toughest challenge with...

  • Humboldt Redwoods
    Planting Coastal Redwoods in the Valley? Think again…

    After residing amidst the awe-inspiring Coastal Redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) for a remarkable 3½ years, I recently returned to the valley. To my surprise, I discovered a significant presence of redwoods in my neighborhood, with my backyard...

  • MG Trainees Krista and Debbie at the plant taxonomy class
    Cultivate Your Passion: Enroll in the 2024 Master Gardener Training Class

    If you love to garden, have an interest in lifelong learning, enjoy sharing your knowledge and are committed to community service, the Master Gardener program might be the place for you. The UC Master Gardener Program of San Joaquin County offers...

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    Nurturing Agriculture and Communities: The San Joaquin UC Cooperative Extension

    California's San Joaquin Valley, often referred to as the nation's salad bowl, is a cradle of agricultural abundance. This region, with its fertile soil and temperate climate, has been instrumental in feeding not only the state but also the nation and...

  • 2023 Fall WaterConservation01
    Water Tips for Gardening in Very Hot Weather

    This last year of unpredictable weather of up and down temps, hot and cold, some rain and dry weather, did not bode well for this gardener and maybe not for others. In my neck of the woods of the San Joaquin Valley (Stockton), spring began with...



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  • A monarch sips nectar from lantana near a Vacaville supermarket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Mantis vs. a Monarch

    Can a praying mantis catch a monarch? Yes, it can. And yes, it does. It was Sept. 14, 2013.  As I approached a Vacaville supermarket, I noticed pink lantana blooming furiously near the entrance, and then, a familiar-looking butterfly...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • From left to right: Former UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine researcher Fernanda Ferreira, Fred Rau Dairy manager Shonda Reid and UC Cooperative Extension dairy advisor Daniela Bruno have collaborated on studies of large dairies in California using automatic milking systems. A robot that pushes feed to the cows can be seen in the background. Photo courtesy of Daniela Bruno
    UCCE advisor Bruno guides, learns from dairies switching to milking robots

    Automatic milking systems increasingly used in California amid labor challenges When third-generation dairy farmer Shonda Reid first saw a milking robot at a farm show 13 years ago, she immediately recognized that the technology represented the...

    By Michael Hsu
    Author - Senior Public Information Representative
  • Does Santa shop at the Bohart? Yes, he does. Items in the gift shop include monarch pins.   (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Santa Shops at the Bohart!

    News flash: Santa shops at the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop at UC Davis. Yes, he does. The jolly ol' gent wants to assure that no one has a "silent night," not with all the insect-themed gifts there: jewelry such as bee and monarch...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A crabronid wasp or beewolf in the genus Philanthus foraging on a pineapple sea lily (Eryngium horrium) in Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Mark Your Calendars! Bohart Museum Announces Special Events

    Mark your calendars! Mark your calendars for the eagerly awaited open houses and special events at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. The Bohart has announced its 2024 special events, which include three open houses and participation in...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist