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Long-time ag reporter for Western Farm Press, Harry Cline, wrote a lengthy article about UC ANR vice president Dan Dooley's recent speech to the California Association of Pest Control Advisers.
Cline wrote that blending Dooley, the Division's first non-academic leader, with academicians and scientists could be like mixing gasoline and fire or it could go together like peanut butter and jelly, opposites that combine well.
The article, published online today, said Dooley has set firm deadlines for the work he wants done in his department.
“The joke around the system is that people are drinking from the Dooley fire hose," the article quoted Dooley, because he sets unreasonable lines. However, to his surprise, his deadlines are being met.
Other telling tidbits from Dooley reported in the article:
- Regarding the fact that 80 percent of county directors will retire within 10 years . . . “Maintaining consistency within the division will be a real challenge moving forward.”
- “We have to look closely at how to optimize our resources. Hanging on to the historic structure is eating us alive. We cannot continue that."
- Dooley says the research community is too focused on finding out the causes for climate change. It should be focused on the consequences of the changes and its interaction with the ecological system of pests, weeds and other factors affecting agriculture.
- Maneuvering within the UC system is like trying to steer a battleship with a canoe, but years as a legal advocate have given him “sharp elbows” to muscle UC administrators into acknowledging the importance of his division and why it is relevant.
- “Some people say I am the best thing since sliced bread. Others say I am exactly what they thought I was when I showed up.”
Here's a few photos to show what a school garden committee can accomplish in one workday! Thirty parents and teachers showed up to break ground on the school garden this Saturday at San Gabriel School.
Lyn Lochridge from the MG class of 2008 came to learn and help instruct parents, kids, and teachers in water systems and water control. She worked with the kids, showing them how water came down from the hillside to run off into the garden. Demonstrating why we needed our trench to guide the water and not flood the garden. She and the kids collected rocks to fill the trench from the site.
Cindy Muther was able to be a foreman and give directions on ground cover cloth, mulch and its uses, DG for pathways and handicap access, fence construction, and composting and compost bins from pallets. Both of them answered numerous question from adults concerning their garden problems and how Garden Based Learning worked. It was a very successful day!
The only thing that wasn't accomplished was building the raised beds and stringing the fence wire. Cindy brought examples from the GBL workshop on raised bed construction so everyone knows what it should look like and how to do it in their own gardens. There will be another workshop on December 6th to build the beds and finish the fence.
The circle will be a native plant and butterfly garden. Along the edges will be an urban forest, cut flower garden, and native plants. The pine tree in the corner was planted after I left by the kids. It is the first tree donation for the forest. Apple and pear trees will be planted on the fence line.
Five parents and teachers returned on Sunday to finish spreading the DG. They worked an additional 3 hours to complete as much of the garden as they could for the kids to see Monday morning at school. An amazing job! You can see the compost bin in the back.
Photos and details were submitted by Cindy Muther. For more Garden Based Learning Photos, please check out our internal album on the Master Gardener VMS website.
Thank you Cindy and Lyn for sharing with us and sharing with the children in your community!
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Two Half Moon Bay Review reporters featured ANR experts in unrelated news stories on the same day this week. Mark Noack opened his article about growing public acceptance of "recycled" water with an anecdote from UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor Paul Vossen.
Vossen told the reporter that, years ago, participants on a research plot tour willingly munched on fresh vegetables that had been irrigated with treated sewage water.
“Our conclusion at the end of our survey was that 95 percent of people have no problem with using recycled water,” Vossen was quoted. “There was only one really concerned person out of all the people we interviewed — ‘Oh my gosh!’ he said. ‘You can’t use this water! You’ll poison everybody!’”
Reporter Greg Thomas talked with UC Berkeley forestry pathologist Matteo Garbelotto for a Sudden Oak Death overview. The story contained information about the disease's introduction and spread, and concluded with a ray of hope for its eventual control.
Thomas wrote that Garbelotto has discovered a handful of tanoaks unaffected by the disease. Acorns from those trees were collected and are being studied at UC Berkeley.