UC Cooperative Extension 100 Year Celebration
One hundred years is a long time to get it right, and that is just what the UC Cooperative Extension Program has done and is doing. As evidenced at the UC Cooperative Extension 100 year celebration at the Seven Sisters Community Garden this past Saturday, there are a plethora of Volunteer and Staff to answer any and all of the agriculture, horticulture and gardening questions that anyone might have here in San Luis Obispo County. The UC Cooperative also runs programs as varied as 4-H, UC Cal Fresh Nutrition Education Program, as well as Viticulture field research and County Director and Horticulture Farm Advisor Mary Bianchi was on hand to tell us about them and thank the staff and volunteers who work in these programs. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian of the 35th assembly district presented Ms. Bianchi with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the Assembly.
The Master Gardener program and the newly offered Master Preserver program is a valuable offering here in San Luis Obispo County. They not only provide the participant the knowledge to become experts in their own right, but also the ability to share that wealth of knowledge with others in our community through networking and volunteering.
The Demonstration gardens at Seven Sisters are a source for anyone interested in developing their own piece of dirt into a viable garden. There is information on worm composting, pollinator plant information, kitchen gardens, and rainwater barrel collection systems among other things.
Edible San Luis Obispo was among the participants in the 100 year celebration, including lunch provided by Talley Farms and Chef Dave Schmit, (Head Chef at the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter, where he uses local rescued food gleaned from local farms) who served a delicious juvenile butternut squash soup with a sage, thyme, cilantro drizzle, followed by a Napa cabbage slaw with bacon and red bell pepper topped with bread crumbs, along with a veggie medley of purple carrots, Brussels sprouts, and fingerling potatoes all roasted separately. Panna Cotta smothered in roasted grapes and a light sauce of orange and honey completed the delicious lunch.
Congratulations to all the hardworking people at UC Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo. Here’s to the next 100 years!
(Flower arrangements shown are by Orange Blossom Creative)