December 3, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Toys For Tots
  3. Call for Nominations - Extension Awards
  4. Fit First Saturday at The Garden Kitchen
  5. The Garden Kitchen Hands-On Cooking Classes
  6. Educational Communication - Cooperative Extension YouTube Channel

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director 

Working in the Cooperative Extension System (CES), we understand the constant challenge of using time effectively in our efforts to strike a good balance between activity and productivity.

During his time serving as the secretary of state in the 1980s, George Schultz liked to take one hour each week for quiet reflection. He would take that time in his office with a pad of paper and pen.  When closing the door for this quiet time, he would tell his secretary to interrupt him only if one of two people called: “My wife or the president.”

To do good work, in any field, is to find time to consider the larger questions and I know this is true for many of us working in the CES.

The psychologist Amos Tversky offered the following comment on this point: “The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed.” Another interesting comment from Tversky was “You waste years by not being able to waste hours.” 

Be careful with that last one but I think you can get the point.

Toys For Tots

The Cooperative Extension office, Forbes 301, will be hosting a drop-off box for the Toys For Tots program.  Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys by December 17.

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 4, 2020

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 4, 2020

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 4, 2020

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  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520.621.7145).

Fit First Saturday at The Garden Kitchen 

December 7, 2019- Fit First Saturday

Join us for our FREE monthly fitness, cooking, and gardening classes at the Garden Kitchen! An opportunity to come together as a community in support of creating healthier, more well-balanced lifestyles.  Hope to see you there!

9:00 - 9:45 AM
Mural Walk 
Enjoy all the benefits of walking in a group setting and join us on our South Tucson Mural Walk in a safe, fun, and motivating environment. We will be walking among many of the local murals in South Tucson! 

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Simple Make-Ahead Holiday Sides 
Have a happy and healthy holiday season with these wholesome and delicious recipes. Come learn new ways to incorporate healthy foods into your holiday meals. 

11:15 - 12:15 PM
Growing Healthy Herbs 
Adding herbs to your garden can have great benefits for you and your garden. The Pima County Master Gardeners will offer helpful tips and tricks to successfully grow your own herbs.  

Want to see what Fit First Saturday is all about?
Check out this video to find out:
Fit First Saturday at the Garden Kitchen

The Garden Kitchen Hands-On Cooking Classes

Pasta Class: Fresh Pasta from Scratch
Saturday, December 14, 2019 -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Think outside the box and learn to make your own fresh pasta at home. Join in the fun as we mix, roll, shape and cook fettuccine and tortellini from scratch.
Tortellini with Sunflower Parmesan Pesto
Parsley Laminated Fettuccine with Puttanesca

Skills taught: How to make and roll pasta, how to fill pasta, how to create and cook a raw sauce

Knife Skills
Saturday, December 21, 2019 -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

In this hands-on class you’ll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts: mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne.  We’ll practice how to cut a wide range of food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears!  We’ll also learn techniques for safety and keeping your knives maintained and sharp. Join us to become more efficient and effective in the kitchen!

Healthy and Delicious: Winter Classics 
Saturday, January 18, 2019 -- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 
Enjoy a healthy twist on comfort food this winter! Learn to cook some of our favorite recipes to cozy up to that are both delicious and nutritious!
Sweet potato pancakes with chipotle crema
Roasted butternut squash soup
Kale salad with mustard vinaigrette

All classes:  $55.00 class fee includes lunch of all dishes made
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.
To register visit:

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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