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 COVID-19 has highly impacted under-served and vulnerable populations, the working poor, persons with disabilities, youth, indigenous peoples, and seniors are struggling to cope. During these challenging times, our Bay Area Advisers and Educators are continuing to work with local populations and partners by adjusting community programs to deliver value-based programming and methodologies across the entire region. In the words of team member Leah Sourbeer, “We Continue to Show Up!”.

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.

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 Dr. Blackburn graduated from Tuskegee University, with a Master of Public Health Nutrition in 1965. She continued her studies at UC Berkley and earned her doctorate in Human Nutrition and Health Planning and Administration in 1974. Dr. Blackburn joined UC Cooperation Extension in 1990 and is nationally renowned for her pioneering work delivering research-based nutrition and quality of life education to senior citizens, pregnant teens, and other vulnerable groups.  

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.

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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!

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Frankly Speaking: Discussions on Topics That Impact Us and Those Around Us
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    Do You Have a Blueprint?

    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...


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    Holiday Season Greetings

      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...


    By Frank McPherson
    Author - Bay Area County Director
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    Happy Thanksgiving

      As we close for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to take a few minutes to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. For many of us, Thanksgiving has traditionally ?included...


    By Frank McPherson
    Author - Bay Area County Director
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    Welcome to Frankly Speaking

    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...


    By Frank McPherson
    Author - Bay Area County Director
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    John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and Conscience of the Congress, Dies at Age 80

    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...


    By Frank McPherson
    Author - Bay Area County Director

COVID19 Resources

COVID has impacted all segments of the population and whave 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.

 

 

Letter From Our Bay Area County Director

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

Frank McPherson
SF Bay Area County Director
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco & San Mateo

 

Elkus Ranch

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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    These Beetles Don't Want to Hold Your Hand

    The Beatles sang "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The elm leaf beetles and their larvae don't want to hold your hand--unless perhaps you're holding a elm leaf that they can eat. A recent walk down the 200 block of Buck Avenue, Vacaville, California,...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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    "Sweat bees have earned their common name from the tendency, especially of the smaller species,to alight on one's skin and lap up perspiration for both its moisture and salt content." So write University of California scientists in their award-winning...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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    Do Moths Usually Land with Their Wings Down?

    National Moth Week ended last Sunday, July 25, but questions linger. A reader asked: "A friend was just telling me that butterflies and moths land differently. She couldn't remember if it was a moth that landed with its wings up or down. It looks like...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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    If Cinderella Were a Moth...

    If Cinderella were a moth, what species would she be? Maybe this tiny, shimmering one. When we spotted this visitor during National Moth Week on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in our pollinator garden, we asked our Bohart Museum of...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist