February 2, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. The Treasure after Wine-Making
  3. ALVSCE Demographics Dashboard
  4. Renewable Resources Extension Act Webinar Series
  5. Remote Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course
  6. Starting Vegetable Seedlings Webinar 
  7. Reaching Safe-Yield in the Phoenix AMA - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  8. The Garden Kitchen February Cooking Classes
  9. Call for Nominations

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 In the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES), we have certainly experienced significant challenges and changes in the past year.  For many folks, they have suffered losses that have been excruciating. Yet people find a way to adjust and move ahead. Considering how much change we have experienced in the past year, it is good to look at just how far we have come as individuals and as an organization. 

Change confronts us constantly and there is no escaping the inevitability of change. However, most people find that change is often challenging and difficult.  Despite the resistance to change, it is amazing how resilient we can be.

A lot of how we deal with change is a function of our mindset.  Mindset is a conscious choice, and we are constantly adjusting that every day. Basically, we each must decide if we resist change or embrace it. Paraphrasing slightly, Aldous Huxley, the British philosopher and author, once observed: “Experience is not what happens to a person; it is what that person does with what happens to them.”

The people of the CES can be proud of the significant changes and adaptations that have been realized in the past year.  I certainly appreciate the capacity of the people in this organization to step up, work together, and manage through challenging times.  Many thanks to everyone’s commitment and hard work!

For the present, all CES units and county operations will continue to manage in Phase 0 conditions.

[Exact Huxley quote: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”]

The Treasure After Wine-Making

In Arizona, wine production increased from 65,413 gallons (2007) to 297,145 gallons (2017), with an estimated 354% increase in GP production within the same period. Join me to discuss the potential regenerative use of grape pomace as a soil amendment for semi-arid calcareous soil.

March 31, 10:00 a.m.

ALVSCE Demographics Dashboard

Do you know about the ALVSCE Demographics dashboard? Here is the link: https://compass.arizona.edu/report/administration/di-employee-demographics.

Purpose of this dashboard: This dashboard will help you discover and explore the diversity of employees in ALVSCE. It supports the mission of diversity and inclusion as part of our Foundational Goal and the University’s core values (as reflected in Pillar V in the UA Strategic Plan). 

Similar to ALVSCE’s Furlough Lookup dashboard, the Demographics dashboard might separately ask you to enter your NetId and password.
If so, you will see a blue “Sign in to ABOR BI” button. Click the blue button.

When prompted, select "The University of Arizona" as the institution, check to "Remember my choice," and click the Select button.

Then sign-in using your usual NetID credentials.”

Posted by Melissa Curran and Gavin Ng on behalf of the ALVSCE D&I Council. For follow-up questions about the dashboard, please contact Gavin Ng (tgn@arizona.edu)

Renewable Resources Extension Act Webinar Series

Please join us Feb 23rd 1pm EST for an RREA sponsored webinar (#7 in a series) entitled ‘Generational Succession Planning.’ Speakers will share approaches to generational succession planning for family forest and rangeland enterprises. Info and registration here: https://arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RmE4prHMQNCuICCEwrWiZg

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. 

February 9-10, 2021 
7:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Sign up here  
Password: FEB9&10 

February 23-24, 2021 
7:45 AM - 1:00 PM 

Sign up here
Password: FEB23&24 

Course Registration Fee:  $71.00

The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course will take place over 2 Days from 7:45 AM- 1 PM, 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. 

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, nbrassill1@email.arizona.edu or Dr. Channah Rock, channah@cals.arizona.edu.  

Starting Vegetable Seedlings Webinar

February 04, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm Arizona Time/MST

Rich Johnson, UA Gila County Master Gardener
Featured Speaker: Richard Johnson is an organic gardener in Arizona with over 20 years of experience. Rich moved to Tucson in 1988 and learned desert gardening and composting from the Tucson Organic Gardeners club that is now in its 49th year. He moved to Payson in 2018 where he provides volunteer leadership to the local gardening community as a Gila County Master Gardener.

Webinar Overview: Learn how Rich starts and germinates his own vegetable seedlings indoors for his summer garden.  He’ll start with the basics of selecting seed types that are appropriate for the season and then show his step by step process for growing healthy “starts” to plant in the garden in May in Payson, AZ.   Included will be choosing a potting soil, soil prep, filling seedling trays, planting, growing under grow lights, transplanting into pots and finally planting into the garden.

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

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/86306023664
Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Reaching Safe-Yield in the Phoenix AMA - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. MST

Speaker: Jessica Fox, Water Policy Advisor, AMWUA
Among its many successes, Arizona's innovative Groundwater Management Act of 1980 established the Phoenix Active Management Area (AMA) and its management goal of safe-yield. Today, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) is an ongoing participant in two state-led processes that seek to evaluate the AMA's progress toward achieving its goal and develop near and long-term management solutions that reduce our reliance on groundwater. It is within the context of providing support to these processes that AMWUA recently produced an analysis of the progress and impediments toward achieving safe-yield in the Phoenix AMA. This presentation will describe AMWUA's evaluation of the Arizona Department of Water Resources' approach to tracking the AMA's safe-yield status, provide an overview of the issues surrounding safe-yield in the Phoenix AMA, and shed light on some obstacles to achieving safe-yield by 2025 and thereafter.

Jessica Fox is the Water Policy Advisor at AMWUA. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an M.S. in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Before joining AMWUA, Jessica spent nearly nine years working as a water policy analyst for the Central Arizona Project and, more recently, the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District.

Webinar Attendance Information:
The WRRC hosts its Brown Bag Webinars using Zoom. To register for and join this webinar, visit

Attendees will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function.

To request an alternate format of this webinar for disability-related access, please contact us at

The Garden Kitchen - Bread Baking

Registration Deadline Tomorrow!
Bread Baking Hands-on Online Cooking Class

Saturday, February 6
11am - 1pm

Join us for a live online hands-on cooking class using Zoom! During ​this inspiring class you will learn the proper mixing techniques, kneading, and all the essential skills to make delicious bread at home! ​ ​

   Whole Grain Naan Bread
   Irish Soda Bread
   Basic Yeasted Whole Wheat Bread

Skills taught:
   How to make a yeasted bread
   How to make a quick bread
   Understanding of what creates elasticity and flavor in different kinds of bread

Class Fee: $40.00 per household. Optional $20 add-on to pick up groceries needed for recipes.  

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.


Upcoming Hands-On Cooking Classes | February  
Couples Cooking
February 13

    Galletto al Mattone (Chicken Under a Brick)
    Fennel Orange Salad
    Butternut Squash Risotto

Around the World Dumplings
February 26

    Baked Empanadas with Soy Chorizo and Potato
    Mushroom and Tofu Gyoza
    Ginger Sesame Dipping Sauce   

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 15, 2021

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters c/o Kristie Gallardo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ, 85721 or gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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