March 10, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Vote for Navajo County 4-H
  3. Sustainable Landscapes Expo
  4. Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer
  5. GALS Fundraiser
  6. 21st Annual Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour
  7. Town Hall with EC
  8. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In our efforts to deal with the budget management system within the University of Arizona (UA), the Cooperative Extension System (CES) is moving forward and we are making managerial adjustments to maintain fiscal solvency, support our programs, and continue to deliver on our mission.

We are always conscious of our spending.  However, with the rising costs and fees that we continue to absorb, we must be extra vigilant with our management to maintain the operational capacity of the CES and this effort pertains to everyone across the organization. Under these conditions, our strategic priorities for the CES are to support the people and programs with the core funding necessary to support our basic Extension operations.
I greatly appreciate everyone’s diligent efforts to maintain fiscal responsibility at all levels.  Knowing the people across the CES, I am confident that we will successfully deal with our challenges and maintain the integrity of the organization.  We do this by working together, doing our jobs, demonstrating professionalism, and representing the CES and the UA in a positive manner in all of the communities across the state where we work.

Vote for Navajo County 4-H    Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition

Navajo County 4-H is excited to announce that out of nearly 3,000 entries, the Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club has been selected as one of the top 20 National Finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.  Our project video is published on social media for voting.  The video with the most votes wins an additional $10,000.00 in technology for the classroom.  We need your vote.  Please follow this link: to vote for Blue Ridge Junior High 4-H Physics and Engineering Club (third video on the top).  Also, please share your vote on Facebook and Twitter when prompted. We appreciate your continued support!

Vote for your favorite school once a day through March 30th.

Sustainable Landscapes Expo 2020

WHEN: March 21, 2020 10:00am-2:00pm

WHERE: 4210 N. Campbell Ave.

Register for your free raffle ticket!  Pick it up at the event Information Booth.  Bring a food donation for the Food Bank and get a second ticket!

This free, family-friendly event will include over 40 exhibits to increase your knowledge on efficient water usage and sustainable landscaping in the Southern Arizona desert. Enjoy food trucks, hands-on and interactive activities for adults and kids, a (free) raffle for items and services, and take home one of 100 FREE TREES from Civano Growers!

Link to register:

Nominate an outstanding volunteer!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Cooperative Extension Volunteer Appreciation campaign.  We are looking for those people who help us extend our mission to all communities in the state – applying current research-based knowledge to everyday decisions. Each working day in April (volunteer appreciation month) we will feature a volunteer.  Nominations will be accepted until March 20.

The recognitions will be posted on Facebook and our website.  Our goal is to recognize volunteers from all counties and tribal areas and all programs.  To see the recognitions from 2019, go to

Enter nominations at

GALS Fundraiser - April 4

Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS) will host its annual fundraiser at Dragoon Brewery all day on April 4. We would love for you to join us. We will have door prizes, food trucks and, of course, delicious beer. For every beer you purchase, $1 will go directly to GALS. Please mark your calendar!

21st Annual Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour

The Pima County Master Gardener program is pleased to announce our upcoming Annual Home Garden Tour on Saturday April 04, 2020 from 9am to 3pm.  This is the 21st year that Master Gardeners have been proudly showcasing their own beautiful gardens for inspiration and education. Each of the four gardens featured is located in the gorgeous area near Saguaro National Park East. Plan to make a day of seeing these delightful spring gardens -and pay a visit to the park while you're in the area!  Discussions on a variety of gardening topics will be held at each home garden.  The Demonstration Gardens at the Cooperative Extension (4210 N. Campbell Ave) will also be open for touring as well. Tickets go on sale beginning February 21st so mark your calendar now!

Town Hall with ALVSCE Executive Council

The next Town Hall with Executive Council arranged by the CALS Faculty Council will be held Monday April 27 at 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Silver and Sage room of Old Main.  You can attend in person and submit anonymous questions at A transcript from the event will be available after this event. This is a good opportunity to pose questions to the Executive Council.

The Town Hall will be followed at 4:30 by a faculty mixer.

Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel 

In the "digital age" - with the quest for information, but shorter attention spans - educational organizations are communicating more and more via social media, websites, and using digital communications, like Zoom.

Arizona Cooperative Extension is working to be at the forefront of this trend, in communicating with short, to-the-point videos.

                           Check out the Arizona Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel:

Please make sure you're helping us advance the Cooperative Extension message.  Please like, share and link through your social media channels, and help us do all we can to share with all stakeholders and communities.

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