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LIVE: Planting Right with Plant Right Talk

UC Master Gardener Program and PlantRight have partnered for a LIVE Facebook and YouTube talk about invasive plants on Jan. 19at noon. Invasive plants harm the environment and cost California millions of dollars to monitor and manage each year. Almost half of invasive plants in the state get their start through the nursery trade, and many invasive plants are still legal to sell today. Educating people on the impact of invasive plants is just a small piece of removing them from the environment.

What is PlantRight?

PlantRight is a program that works together with the nursery industry, conservation, science, and government agencies to identify and help nurseries voluntarily phase out invasive plants. For each invasive on the list, PlantRight suggests safer, regionally appropriate alternative plants. PlantRight's goal is to teach everyone from landscapers to home gardeners how toplant “right”. Learn more about PlantRight at www.PlantRight.org. Stay up on the latest from PlantRight by following them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

UC Master Gardener Partnership

The partnership between the UC Master Gardener Program and PlantRight supports planting the right plant in the right place. The right plant in the right place leads to a healthier environment and healthier plants. Because of UC Master Gardener volunteer efforts, PlantRight can survey plant nurseries all over California.  Armed with clipboards, cameras, and data sheets, specially trained volunteers collect and report to PlantRight. The information volunteers gather is vital to PlantRight for three main purposes:

  1. Tracking the sale of invasive plants currently on the plant list and retiring those that have been mostly phased out of retail.
  2. Helping PlantRight determine whether or not to add candidate plants to the plant list.
  3. Informing industry outreach strategy with information about sales in different regions and store types.

UC Master Gardener volunteers play a vital role in educating the public on right plant, right place, and helping PlantRight survey California's plant nurseries.

Planting Right with PlantRight, LIVE on Jan. 19

The UC Master Gardener Program is celebrating this great partnership by hosting a free LIVE talk titled Planting Right with PlanRight. No registration is required. The discussion will be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at noon. Guest speaker, Alex Stubblefield, PlantRight Project manager, will be educating us on invasive plants in California and offering plant alternatives as well as the importance of the annual plant survey.

LIVE talks are an authentic and interactive way to interact with our audience in real-time. Share the Facebook and YouTube Live opportunity with your friends on social media and tune in to the UC Master Gardener Program LIVE broadcast! In the comments section below, let us know what topics or questions you would like answered on Tuesday, Jan. 19, or ideas for future LIVE topics. The event will be recorded and available for later viewing for those who can't make it. Attention UC Master Gardener Volunteers: Whether you join LIVE or watch the recording, be sure to record your continuing education hours in the Volunteer Management System.

Ask your local UC Master Gardener

For more gardening help and local county resources, click here to Find a Program. You will be redirected to your local county website and contact information. UC Master Gardener volunteers, staff, and our extended community's health and safety is our number one priority. Many UC Cooperative Extension offices are offering only phone and virtual services but are here to help, be sure to check your local program for resources. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:05 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

End of the Year Thank You!

As 2020 comes to a close, I'd like to express my deep appreciation and thanks to all of our UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener volunteers who have given the ‘gift of their time' to provide credible information to the gardening public. Even during COVID, they've found creative and safe means to continue reaching the public by converting face-to-face classes and workshops to online opportunities.They've gone above and beyond their expected volunteerism by helping those in need during these difficult times by working with our partners to distribute free seeds, trees, and wattles (for erosion control) and ensuring a happy holiday season for children and adults in need through a gift drive. Through COVID, the UCCE Master Gardeners have maintained their email and phone helplines to help county residents solve their gardening quandaries (linked here) mgsanber@ucanr.edu and (909)387-2182.

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Master Gardener volunteers helped thousands of county residents landscape more sustainably, grow food in home, community, and school gardens, and deepen their appreciation of nature. They: 

  • Taught classes on drought-resistant landscapes and growing food in home, school, and community gardens
  • Hosted ‘Ask the Master Gardener' sessions
  • Provided education to community and school gardeners
  • Distributed gardening information and answered questions at Farmers' Markets, community fairs and other events
  • Answered home gardening questions via email and phone helplines
  • Shared gardening information through social media
  • Helped promote planting trees to cool urban heat islands in underserved neighborhoods and communities
  • Helped take research data on the 'trees for tomorrow' project
  • Published the monthly Master Gardener newsletter (thanks Phoebe, Debbie, Maggie, Robin, Sue and contributing authors!)

A special ‘shout out' to our monthly 2020 ‘Spotlight' Master Gardener volunteers for their extraordinary service:

I'd also like to recognize our dozens of non-profit partners including Inland Empire Resource Conservation District and the County of San Bernardino. 

And, last but far from least, I'm forever thankful to UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Coordinator Maggie O'Neill whose passion, heart, and expertise keeps the program thriving!

 

 

Happy Holidays to All! 

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Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:55 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Healthy Soils Week Celebration and Learning Opportunities

Learn and celebrate Healthy Soils Week with the UC Master Gardener Program and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Nov. 30 – Dec. 4! Healthy Soils week is full of virtual activities, at-home projects, and LIVE talks to join.  Growing and supporting soil health is something all of us can contribute to whether we have a full landscape to work in, a small patio, or a community garden plot. 

Why Healthy Soil?

Soil quality is critical to healthy plants, crops and is a vital part of our living ecosystem. Soil is alive with organisms that slowly grow or change depending on what is added or used.  Soil health, much like our own, is gradually improved over time so focusing on its constant improvement helps sustainability. Adding certain practices into your gardening routine, such as incorporating organic matter, can improve soil health and quality.

Tips to Keep your Garden Soil Healthy, LIVE on Dec. 3

The UC Master Gardener Program will celebrate healthy soils week by hosting a free LIVE talk on Tips to Keep your Garden Soil Healthy. No registration is required. The discussion will be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10 am.

Guest speaker, Dustin Blakey, will be breaking down what gardeners can do to support healthy soil for years to come. LIVE talks are an authentic and interactive way to interact with our audience in real-time. Share the Facebook and YouTube Live opportunity on your social media and tune in to the UC Master Gardener Program LIVE broadcast! In the comments section, let us know what topics or questions you would like answered on Thursday, Dec. 3 or ideas for future LIVE topics.

The event will be recorded and available for later viewing for those who can't make it. Attention UC Master Gardener Volunteers: Whether you join LIVE or watch the recording, be sure to record your continuing education hours in the Volunteer Management System.

Other Events and Activities

California Department of Food and Agriculture and more than 20 partners have teamed up highlighting healthy soils on the farm and at home.  Find a full list of partners participating in healthy soils week and a calendar of this year's online activities at www.cdfa.ca.gov/healthysoilsweek/.

Ask your local UC Master Gardener

For more gardening help and local county resources, click here to Find a Program. You will be redirected to your local county website and contact information. UC Master Gardener volunteers, staff, and our extended community's health and safety is our number one priority. Many UC Cooperative Extension offices are offering only phone and virtual services but are here to help, be sure to check your local program for resources. Thank you for your understanding.

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Congratulations! 2020 Gardeners with Heart

"If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” Kofi Annan

Congratulations to all of the volunteers awarded as the 2020 Gardeners with Heart! UC Master Gardener Program is excited to feature special volunteers or Gardeners with Heart from across the state in celebration of our program's 40th year. Gardeners with Heart volunteers were nominated by their local county leadership for their creativity, strategic thinking, passion for the program's mission, and commitment to outreach. Please enjoy this celebration of the contributions of 52 of our 6,000 exceptional UC Master Gardener Program volunteers!

2020 Gardeners with Heart: 

  • Barbara S., Lake County

  • Bob C., Ventura County

  • Borah L., Los Angeles and Yolo County

  • Bob and Sharon Y. San Bernardino County

  • Cheryl T. El Dorado County

  • Cie C., Sonoma County

  • Darlene D., Contra Costa County

  • Debi A., San Bernardino County

  • Devra L., Alameda County

  • Diane G., Santa Barbara County

  • Diane J., Sonoma County

  • Doris M., Amador County

  • Electra D., Sonoma County

  • Esther M., San Bernardino County

  • Eve K., El Dorado County

  • Gail M., Marin County

  • Harry L., Ventura County

  • Irene B., Alameda County

  • Jan K., Sutter-Yuba County

  • Janet M., Contra Costa County

  • Jerry M., Lake County

  • Jessica W., Marin County

  • Jillian K. and Adam W., San Bernardino County

  • Joan S., Alameda County

  • Judie T., Nevada County

  • Julie D., Alameda CountyKarole W., Lake County

  • Karole W., Lake County

  • Kathy M., Sonoma County
 
  • Kay P., Butte County

  • Lee R., Ventura County

  • Lee M., San Joaquin County

  • Linda H., Ventura County

  • Linda G., Orange County

  • Linda D., San Joaquin County

  • Mary J., Contra Costa County

  • Mary Lou L., Orange County

  • Merry Jo V., Lake County

  • Nancie R., Alameda County

  • Nicole V., Ventura County

  • Norma Y., Orange County

  • Pam R., Santa Clara County

  • Pat S., San Joaquin County

  • Peg S., Yolo County

  • Penny F., Sonoma County

  • Roanna P., Ventura County

  • Robin S., El Dorado County

  • Robyn B., Contra Costa County

  • Sherida P., San Joaquin County

  • Sherry R., Solano County

  • Stacey S., Contra Costa County

  • Steve S., San Joaquin County

  • Sue L., Sonoma County

  • Summer B., El Dorado County

  • Ted H., Stanislaus County

  • Terri T., Contra Costa County



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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:41 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Welcome Accepted Master Gardener Applicants!

What do more than a dozen community and school garden organizers, members and directors of 15 non-profit boards, several K-12 teachers, a department chair from Loma Linda University a, retired USDA senior marketing manager, a sociologist, an anthropologist, a handful of IT and human resource managers, a structural engineer with a second career as a public health educator and 40 other San Bernardino County residents have in common? They all have a desire to give back to their communities and were recently accepted into our UC Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County Master Gardener program.

The Master Gardener 'class of 2021' hails from all parts of the county including Yucca Valley, Victorville, 29 Palms, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Redlands, Chino, Montclair, Chino Hills, Running Springs, Pinion Pines, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, and Ontario. They will be brought together for the first time ever in the history of the program entirely via Zoom! In exchange for the horticulture knowledge they receive during the 18-week training class, each has agreed to volunteer 50 or more hours helping county residents landscape more sustainably and grow fruits and vegetables in home, community, and school gardens.

Please help Master Gardener Coordinator Maggie O'Neill, our 150+ current Master Gardeners, and me welcome these new students into our program. I am excited to get to know them and inspired already by their passion and giving spirit. Besides helping residents landscape more sustainably, this year the Master Gardener program will focus heavily on helping county residents develop home, school, and community gardens. This closely aligns with the increased interest county residents have in growing food and adopting healthier lifestyles. Master Gardeners are in the process of developing vegetable planting guides for our three main climate zones (valley, high desert and mountains), ‘how to' videos on planting, growing, and harvesting cool and warm season vegetables, and conducting workshops (via zoom for the time being) to help current and new home, community and school gardeners become even more successful. And, of course, Master Gardeners will continue to staff our email and telephone helplines and hope to resume staffing their Farmers' Markets booths as soon as it is safe to do so!

I'm looking forward to another great year!

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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 9:18 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food, Health, Yard & Garden

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