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UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is committed to continuing to provide our services to the communities we serve, keeping them resilient through these turbulent times. Our September Bay Area News Highlights shine a light on some of the good work happening, including Dr. Mary Blackburn' induction into the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Hall of Fame on Sept. 14.
Collaborating with a CalFresh Healthy Living, UC educator, and UC Master Gardener Program volunteers, she recently finished a gardening project designed to improve the nutrition, physical activity, and overall well-being of senior citizens living in affordable housing in Oakland.
For more September highlights, click here.
Introducing Elkus Ranch Adventure Day
Outdoor day of fun at UC Elkus Ranch for social bubbles* of children and adults.
Participants can spend the day caring for our animals and gardens, making a nature-themed craft, going on hikes around the property, and so much more!
Frankly Speaking: Discussions on Topics That Impact Us and Those Around Us
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” These are the words and thoughts that Dr. King articulated so well, when he spoke to a group of...
As we approach the holiday season, I want to wish all of you “Happy Holidays” The Pandemic has forced us all to adjust our lives in ways that were unimaginable just 12 months ago. The sights, sounds and smells of the holidays are...
That all depends, we are living in a turbulent and challenging time. COVID19, demonstrations and racial unrest all disproportionately impact communities of color. These are also the communities we serve, work and live in. Individuals that make-up these...
This weekend our nation lost a longtime congressman and one of the most courageous civil rights legends that this nation has ever known. I am deeply saddened by his loss at such a pivotal moment in our nation's history. As we struggle to find a...
COVID has impacted all segments of the population and we have and will continue our work in all program areas to help and improve the lives of all people in our communities during this situation and beyond. The links below provide access to community resources.
As we transition from the health aspect to the economic impacts of COVID-19, our most vulnerable and underserved populations are and will continue to be disproportionately impacted. Poverty among predominantly communities of color continue to impact educational opportunities. Food security is and will continue to be a concern, as those most impacted do not have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, the senseless death of George Floyd has once again highlighted institutionalized racial injustices in America.
As our President, Janet Napolitano stated, and echoed once more by our Vice President, Glenda Humiston, "As leaders of the largest public research university in the United States, we feel silence is complicity." I want to encourage all of you to recognize and understand your own privileges, examine your biases, validate experiences and feelings of people of color and challenge colorblind ideologies. Read More
Private Family Tours Now Offered
Homeschooling families are invited to venture out to a new learning environment at UC Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. UC Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center, providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area youth. Due to COVID-19 precautions, UC Elkus Ranch has temporarily opened to the general public for private family tours only. Read more here.
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Remember Godzilla? The 1954 iconic film, Godzilla, featured what Wikipedia calls "an enormous, destructive prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation." I have a Godzilla. I have it only because my neighbor served it...
University of California students Anna Rios and Conor McCabe have been selected as Global Food Initiative Fellows for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources during the 2021-22 school year. Their projects will involve working with campus-based academics,...
Ever seen a green metallic sweat bee? The colors are exquisite. This is a female Agapostemon on a purple coneflower at UC Davis. They are called "sweat bees" because they are attracted to human perspiration. The genders are easy to...
It would never happen in real life. A quail and a praying mantis together? Except when one is a decorative metal sculpture. A mantis, a carnivore, is known to eat hummingbirds (in addition to its regular diet of bees and butterflies, et al). And a...
Is Franklin's bumble bee extinct or is it just elusive? Annual search parties conducted since 2006 have failed to locate the species. Now scientists may learn its status via DNA "fingerprints." A recent article in the National...