December 8, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. AZ/UT Invasive Weeds Virtual Update
  3. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  4. Winterizing to Keep Your Garden Alive Webinar
  5. The Garden Kitchen Hands-On Cooking Class
  6. Remote Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course 
  7. 2020 WRRC Photo Contest

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Annual reviews for all personnel in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) for 2020 will be conducted in the early months of 2021, consistent with the normal review schedules and UHAP and ABOR requirements.

Provost Folks sent out a memo on this issue in September:

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Andrea Romero, sent out a message on “Additional Information on Annual Reviews” last week on 3 December. 

Considerations for the circumstances and impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and operational adjustments that have been required of us all will of course be an important part of this annual review process.

It seems like nothing has been “normal” for most of 2020 and this process is no exception.  However, I understand that anxiety exists among the ranks regarding annual performance reports (APRs) for 2020. But the fact is that this should not be a worry because it is a clear and basic reality of our work life that everything has changed in 2020.

Of course, adjustments will have to be a made in relation to what we anticipated for plans of work a year ago.  In the CES, we will follow our normal operating procedures for APRs and annual reviews.  An obvious inclusion for the 2020 annual reviews should be: “What adjustments were required of you and how did you respond to the modified operational conditions associated with the pandemic of 2020?"

Throughout the pandemic, CES personnel have done an outstanding job of responding to the extensive demands that have been placed on us all this past year.  People across the CES should be proud of what all they have done in 2020 by adjusting to rapidly changing circumstances and dealing with the tremendous array of challenges we have faced.

Regarding management under the current pandemic conditions, the CES is holding all counties at the current phase levels for operations and we are asking unit heads to manage with caution and very conservatively.

Please continue to adhere to best public health practices and manage program operations carefully.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

AZ/UT Invasive Weeds Virtual Update

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 15 & 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6 AZ CEUs Available

Please join us for this two-day virtual invasive weeds program. A variety of speakers will present updated information about pesticide law, safety, and IPM strategies amongst other topics.

Registration is required and more information/agenda can be found at:

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Tending to the parts: Trauma Informed and Healing Centered Practices

Thursday, December 17th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

The word trauma is liberally applied but loosely understood. The effects of stress and trauma can have direct impacts on how we attend to ourselves, relate to others and make meaning of the world. This has implications for how we learn, how we work in teams, and how we filter and interpret interactions with other humans. In this session we will clearly define trauma and stress, define trauma informed/healing centered care and practices, and apply healing centered practices to our own personal practices.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Treya Allen currently serves as a Program Manager for Diverse and Inclusive Advising at the University of Arizona. Her advising practice centers on elevating scholars and families through culturally relevant ways of knowing -both ancestral and generational. She is the curator of underground retention programs for Black scholars at the collegiate level and an independent learning specialist for students in K-12. Most recently her work and scholarship have been employed in the development of African American Studies programs at the collegiate level.

Dr. Allen is a first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degree holder. She is a proud alumna of Northern Arizona University three times over. She completed her M.Ed. in Human Relations Counseling and earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Fall 2020:

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council

Winterizing to Keep Your Garden Alive Webinar

Thursday December 10th, 2020, at 11am Arizona time. Suzan Miller-Hoover from the Payson Community Garden will discuss what to do in the garden during winter. 

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series. A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona. Go to for more information.

Featured Speaker: Suzan is an avid gardener and staff member at the Payson Community Garden.  Gardening is an ever-changing challenge and over the past 3 years Suzan has learned much from her fellow gardeners, always looking to learn new techniques. She shares her newfound knowledge with the gardeners and the public while teaching classes for the garden and when working on her garden.

Webinar Overview: Keep your garden alive during the winter. Feeding your gardens’ microbes and worms over the winter will enhance your chances of having an even better harvest next summer. Let’s discuss the essential steps to winterizing your garden, preparing it for the growing season ahead.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension

Zoom Link: Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

The Garden Kitchen -- Hands-On Cooking Class

Last Chance to Register!
Cheese Board & Tapas
Hands-On Cooking Class

Saturday 12/12 11:00am-1:00pm

Join us for a live online hands-on cooking class using Zoom! 

Create the perfect appetizers to pair with your favorite cheeses. Along with step by step guidance in making your tapas, we'll talk about how to pair cheeses with other ingredients!

Strawberry ginger jam
Homemade mesquite crackers
Lemon thyme marinated mushrooms
Sweet and spicy nuts

Instructor: Jenn Parlin
Class Fee: $40.00 per household. Register here!

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course 

Due to the current Coronavirus Outbreak, Produce Safety Alliance is allowing for Remote Grower Trainings while we are practicing social distancing. This course will be offered remotely, online via Zoom, during this time to accommodate and once the public health concern is lifted, in-person classroom courses will resume. 

Who Should Attend: 
Produce Farms including growers, harvesters, packers, coolers, and those interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Co-management of natural resources and Food Safety. Academic’s and students wanting to learn more about food safety and the Produce Safety Rule would benefit from this course as well as government officials working in food safety. 

Course Date and Time: 
January 12& 13, 2021 
7:45 AM - 1:00 PM 

Sign up Today!  Password: JAN12&13

The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course will take place over 2 Days from 7:45 AM- 1 PM, January 12& 13, hosted online via Zoom. You must be present for each session on both days to receive your Certificate of Course Completion from AFDO. The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course does not offer CEU credit.  

You will need access to a computer with reliable internet access, a webcam, microphone, and speaker OR mobile device (eg. cell phone, for use of the audio portion only, you will still need a computer with internet and webcam abilities). You must be visible to presenters through video and be able to engage in discussion online during the course. 

Course Registration Fee:  $71.00 

Benefits of Attending: 
Individuals who participate in the course are expected to gain a basic understanding of: 
      Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm.
     How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing
       produce safety practices on the farm. 
     • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.
     • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. 
*In order to receive full credit and certificate for the course, registrants must be present for all training modules. 

For more information & additional course dates please visit the Arizona Department of Agriculture Plants and Produce FSMA Website.

For additional information please contact Natalie Brassill, or Dr. Channah Rock,  


2020 WRRC Photo Contest

Less than two weeks left to enter the 20202 WRRC Photo Contest!

The deadline to submit photos to the WRRC photo contest is quickly approaching. Show us water in cities and towns, water in nature, water and people, water and industry, water and anything that sparks your imagination! As with the last few photo contests we’ve held, the main criteria are that the photos be taken in Arizona and feature water. This year, however, we have added a special category for photographs of water taken in arid regions outside our state.  

  Clck on the link below for more information and to access the online submission form. 

  Submission Deadline: Dec. 18, 2020
  Submit Your Photos Today!

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