July 21, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Container Gardening Webinar
  3. Small-scale Farmers Colloquium, 2020
  4. Gila County 2019 Annual Report
  5. New Extension Publication
  6. Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter
  7. When the Smoke Clears—The Road to Recovery Following Large-Scale Wildfire Webinar
  8. Associate Director ANR Interview Zoom Presentation
  9. Educational Communication: Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Since the beginning of the University of Arizona remote operations in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) has been transitioning to new modes of remote and virtual program operations and delivery.  The CES has remained open and functional but we have been conducting our business in many new ways.

Remarkably, Extension professionals have been able to adapt and develop new methods of operation and program delivery. We have been forced to pivot but we have never stopped.

This has been a huge change for all of us and it continues every day.  Similarly, everyone in our communities, the state, and the nation are experiencing rapid and significant changes in the ways we conduct our work and lives.  Some people in our communities may see that we are not physically populating the offices during these times of COVID but they need to know that we are indeed operating, functional, and available.

Therefore, it is important to communicate to stakeholders, county boards of supervisors, and other agencies that the CES is moving forward and addressing our mission of bringing the university to the people and bringing science to bear on practical problems. 

Keep up the great work, stay healthy, take care of yourselves, and each other.

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Container Gardening Webinar

July 23rd, 2020 11:00am Arizona Time

Online event link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/95879141421

Featured Speaker: Bill Cook is the UA horticulture program coordinator in Greenlee county. With public education being the primary objective, he and his volunteers have developed gardens and direct education programs with grades preK through 12, as well as adult education in the form of monthly hands on gardening and horticulture classes. Bill has operated a small nursery and greenhouse business from home for the last 12 years, doing custom propagation and specializing in heirloom fruit and vegetable plants. This is basically a version of container gardening, on a fairly large scale. His background includes cotton farming, golf course maintenance, landscape design and installation.

Webinar Overview: Container gardening enables you to grow plants where they otherwise wouldn’t. Containers can sit on stairs, hang, be moved as the season progresses, come indoors for the winter or can be handicap accessible. The only limit is your ingenuity and imagination. Bill will discuss container requirements, along with the pro’s and con’s of the many container materials. He will describe potting soil characteristics, such as container material, size, location and intended purpose. This presentation also includes: 1) Different options to mix your own soil and how to produce a better soil at a better cost; 2) Watering: How much, how often and how to manage water quality issues, such as hard water; and 3) Fertilizers and long term soil maintenance.

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

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/95879141421 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Small-scale farmers colloquium, 2020

This is a monthly meeting for commercial horticulture and small-scale farmers to share science-based information on diverse topics (soil, water, pests, diseases, weeds, farm management, marketing, food safety, etc.) that will help improve farm productivity, profitability, sustainability, food safety and food security.

Dates of monthly sessions: July 20th, August 17th, September 14th, October 19th, and November 16th. 
All sessions are 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Location: Zoom
To register, email your name, gender (optional), and location (county) to

To view the agenda and list of speakers for this series, visit our website at https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2020-07-20/small-scale-farmers-colloquium-2020 

Dr. Isaac Mpanga
Area Associate Extension Agent Comm. Hort. and Small Acreage

Gila County 2019 Annual Report

Our work spreads across many disciplines, including community development, agriculture, families, consumer issues, health, youth development, and natural resources. Program topics include family health and wellbeing, 4-H and other youth development programs, youth health screenings, home gardening, forest health, financial literacy, and nutrition are just a few of the many different activities in which your Gila County Cooperative Extension is engaged. Inside our report you will find out just what we have been doing in your community.  -- Rick Gibson

New Extension Publication

How To Build Your Own Water Well Sounder
Gary Hix and Janick Artiola
Obtaining accurate measurements of changing depths to water in private water wells has been a challenge for private well owners. There are devices manufactured specifically for this purpose, but their costs are typically more than most well owners are willing to pay. A simple device that a private well owner could build themselves would enable them to better track the performance of their well. This publication is intended to help private well owners assemble their own water level measuring device, typically called a water well sounder.

Bed Bugs: What you Need to Know
Dawn H. Gouge, Shaku Nair & Shujuan (Lucy) Li
Bed bug infestations can happen in any home. Inspect beds for bed bugs and signs of their activity when you launder bedding each week, especially if you visit or work in other people’s homes. Use a flashlight and a magnifying glass and if you find bugs take a specimen to your building management staff, contact a professional pest control company, or your county Cooperative Extension Office for verification.  

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Newsletter

Check out the July/August Maricopa newsletter.  Catch up on what's going on in Turfgrass Science, Arizona Project WET, 4-H, Master Gardeners and much more!

When the Smoke Clears—The Road to Recovery Following Large-Scale Wildfire Webinar

Thursday, July 30th, 2020 11:00am Arizona Time 

Online event link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/99028264733

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.

Featured Speaker: Carol Ekarius is CEO of Coalitions & Collaboratives (COCO), a nonprofit that supports place-based groups working in the natural resource realm, and in the emergency response realm to natural disasters. She has extensive experience around wildland fire recovery, working with federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, and community members on fires across the West over the last 20 years. Recognizing a lack of shared learning on post-fire response and recovery, COCO sponsored the first national conference on post-fire recovery in 2019, After the Flames. The 2020 conference was canceled due to COVID19, but COCO is continuing the dialog through a series of webinars, and also provides a post-fire resource page at the website www.aftertheflames.com.

Webinar Overview: Carol will discuss some of the first-steps toward recovery, such as anticipating flood conditions and debris flows, working collaboratively on response by forming a recovery committee, figuring out how to pay for it, and thinking about long-term recovery.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/99028264733 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

Associate Director Ag & Natural Resources Interview Zoom Presentation

Our next candidate will give his presentation today, July 21.  

Presentation Title: How will your leadership, management, and professional skills allow you to address and meet the needs for ANR in Arizona?

“Please address what you see as two important issues ANR will face in the next five years, one involving your area of expertise in ANR and one  in an area within ANR with which you are less familiar and not directly involved.”

Duarte Diaz – July 21
1:00 Presentation
Join Zoom Meeting

Evaluation Form 
Please return to Trent Teegerstrom by July 27  


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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