April 30, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Bill Peterson!
  3. 4-H Camp G.R.I.T
  4. Congratulations Frances Holguin!
  5. Scottsdale Culinary Festival Collaboration
  6. Mapping Q Closing Reception
  7. Remembering Nate Holsome
  8. Fit First Saturday

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The Arizona Experiment Station (AES) represents one of the basic elements of the Division Agriculture, Life, and Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) and a Land Grant Institution.  The structure and function of the AES now serves as the fourth pillar in ALVSCE and consists of a strong linkage to the Cooperative Extension System (CES) in terms of personnel, Extension, and research programs.  Many CES faculty and staff work at the centers directing research and Extension programs.

The AES purpose and mission as defined by the recent strategic planning meetings are:

To be the leading infrastructure in Arizona underpinning Teaching, Research and Cooperative Extension excellence.


Provide a diverse world-class infrastructure essential to generating and disseminating critical knowledge and technologies for Arizona and the world.

The AES has a distinct and unique purpose but it is no accident that the AES mission has a lot of symmetry to the CES mission.  The AES facilities provide critically important infrastructure to many CES programs and a partnership that is functional and logical for the CES.  Thus, in the CES we have the capacity to do more to take advantage of the excellent facilities and resources in the AES. 

Congratulations Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. 

Dr. William (Bill) Peterson dedicated his entire career to youth and volunteer development spanning 34 years and five states starting with a Vo-Ag teaching position and ending up in Arizona for 11 years, retiring in 2005, as the Director of the 4-H Youth Development Program. He served on many national teams and committees highlighted by his leadership for the first national 4-H Program Impact Study (Tufts Study). He also served on 4-H state strategic planning teams and conducted strategic planning sessions in most Arizona counties. At the State and National level he led efforts to increase youth involvement in planning and conducting programs and activities. He was also successful in expanding International 4-H Programs. Bill’s state leadership of the Colorado and Arizona 4-H Programs resulted in program expansion well beyond the traditional 4-H club program.

Thank you to
Dr. Julie Adamcin, President of the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation for her work in preparing Dr. Peterson’s application and the many individuals who submitted support letters from across the country. 

4-H Camp – Change Your Child’s Life This Summer!

Registration for 4-H Camp G.R.I.T. is open! This year, 4-H Camp is set for June 17 – 21, 2019 at James 4-H Camp east of Prescott Valley. 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that is sponsored by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County Office.

Sending your child to 4-H Camp can benefit them in many ways --  they will have a ton of fun, make new friends, develop new skills, be physically active, and gain an appreciation for nature.  4-H Camp is about  more than one week of fun, it’s about a lifetime of memories.  4-H Camp G.R.I.T. teaches youth to make good decisions, builds their self-confidence, helps them become more independent, and teaches them to work well with others.  

4-H Camp is open to ALL boys and girls, ages 9-14 by July 12, 2018.  4-H membership is not required; however, all participants will be expected to comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-H members.  

Cost is $400 now through June 7. Any payments received after June 7 will be $425.  Download a camper application and newsletter on-line at: https://extension.arizona.edu/4-h-camp-grit.  Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $150 camp assistance funds are available.  Check the box on page 3 of the Camp Application Form.  Questions: call the Maricopa County Extension Office at 602-827-8275.  Sign your child up today before our camper beds are filled!

Family Engagement Program Facilitator Receives Award from SAZAEYC

The Family Engagement Program at Pima County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that their class facilitator Frances Holguin is the 2019 winner of the Cecilia Avalos Education Award. The Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (SAzAEYC) awarded Frances with this honor for her work in bilingual parenting education.

Frances Holguin has been providing community parent education training with Extension since 2016 and in various settings since 2001. “Frances is well known in the community for her extensive experience, ability to navigate social services and warm connection with families,” said FCHS Agent Debbie Curley. “Tucson families are lucky to have such a strong resource in one person.”

Aimee Novak & Kathy Woodruff
Herb information table

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Collaboration

Yavapai County Extension Program Coordinator and trained Chef Aimee Novak and Maricopa County Extension Master Gardener Kathy Woodruff collaborated to provide a food demonstration called “Spice It Up!” about fresh herbs and spices at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. During the 45 minute presentation, Aimee demonstrated tips and tricks for creating customized spice blends, the use of herb sachets for seasoning, and how spices enhance the flavor of food.  Kathy gave ideas and information about growing edible herbs in home gardens. Participants viewed cuttings of herbs grown in a desert climate. The event was hosted at the Scottsdale Civic Center on April 13 & 14th and fund raised money for arts education programs in Arizona. Over 25,000 guests are believed to have attended this event.

You are invited to the Mapping Q closing reception 

Join us Friday, May 3, from 4pm-6pm in McClelland Park 235 in Tucson, for a closing reception for FMI's current exhibit featuring art from Mapping Q 2018. Youth participants from Mapping Q 2018 will share their artwork and experiences in Mapping Q.  Also, Dr. Russell Toomey, Chair of the Youth Development and Resilience Initiative, will share results from Mapping Q 2018.

Mapping Q is a program offered through Eon, a drop-in youth program at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. During Mapping Q, youth learn about suicide prevention and leadership training. They also explore their own identities, and how representations of self are displayed in the world around us. Through art making youth respond to all these ideas. At the end of the program, every youth that completes a work of art has the chance to display that work in an exhibition at the UA Museum of Art.

Remembering Nate Holsome

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Nate Holsome, former maintenance man, at the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension.  Anyone who spent any amount of time in the office eventually got to know NateNate worked for the UA for over 25 years, retiring in 2005 and then returning part-time to continue his work until 2016.  Nate never said “no,” never complained about the work, and was always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.  Nate was a passionate gardener, and if he wasn’t in the office doing some painting or putting someone’s office furniture together, you could find him out in the garden attending to his plants.  When Nate stopped in your office and asked if you had a minute, the conversation always lasted much longer and always ended with a Nate “life story” that somehow made you feel better.  Nate passed away peacefully at his home on March 19, 2019.  We will sorely miss our colleague and friend.

Fit First Saturday

May 4, 2019- Fit First Saturday at The Garden Kitchen
Class Line-up!

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-balance lifestyles.  Hope to see you there!
Resistance Bands and Strength Training 
 9:00 - 9:45 AM 
Resistance bands allow you to perform strength-training exercises without weights. Join us to get a full-body workout, learn how to add variety and intensity to your strength-training exercises by using resistance bands.
Sauces and Dressings 
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Join us to learn how to make a variety of sauces that will reinvent your traditional recipes, and will give your plate a splash of flavor. 

Rearing Chickens in the Low Desert Climate
11:15 - 12:15 PM
Backyard chickens are a wonderful benefit to any household. Not only are they fun pets, they provide you with delicious, fresh eggs! If you have or have been thinking about getting chickens, join us to learn more about rearing chickens in our low desert climate. 


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