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FARMS Leadership students take workshops on fruit, soil, and sorghum at UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

In December the Farming, Agriculture, and Resource Management for Sustainability (FARMS) program brought about 60 high school students from valley schools to enjoy a day of workshops and ag-related learning at UC Kearney. Part of the Center for Land Based Learning, the FARMS Leadership program students participated in team building activities with their peers, and three workshops provided by Kearney: the science behind fruit ripeness/quality, building healthy soils for healthy crops, and sorghum and whole grains.

 

The students circle in a team-building exercise.

Two FARMS students check the sugar content of oranges.
Students learn that healthy soil produces healthy crops.
Director Jeff Dahlberg teaches about sorghum and healthy whole grains.

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 2:22 PM
Tags: FARMS (1), outreach (42), students (5)

SFREC Hosts 5th Annual Beef & Range Field Day

Clint Tipton shows students the hydraulic cattle chute.

On Thursday October 4th, Sierra Foothill REC hosted its 5th Annual Beef & Range Field Day for high school students enrolled in FFA & 4-H. Following an inspirational keynote address discussing possibilities after high school in...

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM
Tags: Beef Cattle (23), Education (35), FFA (8), Outreach (42), Ranchers (30), Range Management (6), SFREC (63), UCANR (44), Workshop (21)

Jeffrey Mitchell holds outreach soil health presentations to Tulare County fourth-graders!

In what might be the sixth or seventh year in a row, Jeff Mitchell, Cooperative Extension systems specialist at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center,UC Davis Plant Science department, and Conservation Agricultural Systems Innovation program participated in the annual AgVentures! educational event for several Tulare County public schools fourth-grader classes on May 11, 2018 at the International Ag Center.  This is an annual event that is put on by the Tulare County School District in conjunction with the Tulare County Cooperative Extension and the International Ag Center and it typically involves several hundred students from the local schools.  It turns out to be the classic ‘field trip' for kids and seems to be something that brings excitement and hopefully good learning to large numbers of students.  A short video of some of the action can be seen at the You Tube site https://youtu.be/R4LDy4Ru9ws

Interactive soil health display materials for Tulare County fourth-graders as part of the 2018 AgVentures! field day.

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:37 AM
  • Author: Jeffrey Mitchell
Tags: outreach (42), soil health (4)

KARE works with 300 Tulare County Fourth Graders at 2017 AgVentures Day!

KARE outreach and education leader, Laura Van Der Staay, along with UCD Cooperative Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, Jeff Mitchell, had their hands full with over 300 enthusiastic Tulare County 4th graders as part of the 2017 half-day AgVentures extravaganza that was held at the International Ag Center on May 12.  This is the third time the two of them have taken part in this activity that is always a big hit with the kids, teachers and parents.  Students learned about soil science and  research that is underway at the KARE Center related to soil function and management and also had a chance to see up close and personal how soils can change if they are managed using conservation agriculture practices.  While the day is always grueling, both Van Der Staay and Mitchell departed after a hearty hamburger lunch that was provided by the event organizers with the satisfaction of having hopefully expanded horizons and inspired a new generation of science-loving students.

KARE’s Laura Van Der Staay working with Tulare County fourth graders who were part of the 2017 AgVentures Day at the International Ag Center in Tulare, CA, May 12, 2017.

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  • Author: Jeffrey Mitchell
Tags: conservation tillage (5), outreach (42), soil (5), students (5)

Teachers go back to School to buff up on Science

Teachers practice one of Project WET's lessons. This kind of hands-on experience makes them more likely to use a lesson in their own classroom.

Last month, teachers and educators from around Northern California came together for a weekend to learn about best practices for science education with a Forestry Institute for Teachers+ (FIT+) workshop. FIT+ is a new professional development program...

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Tags: Education (35), FIT+ (1), Outdoor Recreation (5), Outreach (42), Project WET (2), SFREC (63), Teacher training (2), UCANR (44)

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