March 23, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Beginner Farmer's Apprenticeship Program (BFAP)
  3. 4-H Associate in Extension Candidate Seminars
  4. Apply to Become a WELD Intern!
  5. 43rd Annual AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop, Tour, and Virtual Pre-Conference Workshop
  6. Data science consulting on research projects for CALS researchers
  7. Vertical Gardening Webinar
  8. Binational Seawater Desalination Study - Sea of Cortez Region - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  9. Tucson Water's Reclaimed Water System: Providing the Right Water for the Right Use for Nearly 40 Years - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  10. 2021 Small-scale Farmer’s Colloquium
  11. The Garden Kitchen On-Line Cooking Class
  12. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 The First Session of the 55th Arizona Legislature is considering two bills that directly involve the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES).

  1)  HB 2778 Stream Adjudications:  

  2)  SB 1150 Agricultural Workforce Program:

I have had the opportunity to work directly with legislators and legislative staff in the review and development of these bills by the legislative sponsors and relevant committees in conjunction with the UA Government and Community Relations (GCR) team.  The UA GCR team has been very supportive of the effort and they are great partners to work with.  Similarly, it is a pleasure to have the chance to work on these bills with legislators and staff.

Both bills are progressing in the legislative process and we are hopeful that both will come to successful completion.  It is good to see the positive attitudes in the legislature towards the UA CES and the fact that the legislature has asked us to partner with them in these efforts to benefit Arizona communities.

We continue to monitor our counties for a safe transition to reopening.  For reference to the status of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Phased Operational Plan and brief phase management descriptions, please refer to the following link:

Beginner Farmer's Apprenticeship Program (BFAP)

The Beginning Farmer's Apprenticeship Program (Yavapai and Coconino Counties) will provide the next generation of small and urban farmers the opportunity to learn from experienced local farmers with hands-on experience. This will be complimented with on-farm scientific discussions and regular visits by Extension faculty.

Please submit an application if you are interested.

     May 11th - Introductory class to meet your host farmer (on-line/in person)
     June 1st to October 30th - Work with host farmer, learn about their operations and fine tune
       your business plan
     October 30th - Present your project and business plan to the class

Non-refundable Cost - $100
Space limited.

4-H Associate in Extension Candidate Seminars

The Search and Screen committee for the new state 4-H office position Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development ( invites you to candidate Seminars. The position is a strategically important role for the Arizona 4-H Youth Development program. This role will liaise with Cooperative Extension Specialists, and faculty across the University to ensure 4-H volunteers and youth have the curricula resources necessary to ensure 4-H youth turn sparks into thriving in all of Arizona 4-H’s great eight pathways to participation. All Cooperative Extension faculty and staff are invited to participate, especially those who currently conduct or aspire to offer youth programming. This position has been made possible by generous donors to the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation. Candidate seminars are:

Natalie Shepp, March 29th at 11am (

Laura Robertson, March 30th at 1pm (

Apply to Become a WELD Intern!

The Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD) program, is designed for Cooperative Extension professionals in the Western United States and Territories.  It requires a 15-month commitment from participating interns. The WELD program consists of four dynamic learning experiences: 

1.  A personal leadership inventory and assessment; 

2.  A leadership seminar covering leadership styles, defining direction, working together through teams, community action process, ethical decision-making, and more; 

3.  An individual innovative leadership project with support and resources, such as a case study documentation and mentoring relationships; and 

4.  A capstone seminar during which participants share their innovative projects. 

To review past WELD Seminar 1 and 2 program agendas, visit the WELD website at

WELD XI Program Important Dates: 

May 26, 2021  Introduction to WELD XI and Innovative Projects Informational session on-line
Aug 2021        Personal Leadership Inventory and Assessment completed by Interns
Sept 2021       WELD XI Seminar 1- Kalispell, Montana – September 20-23, 2021
June 2022       WELD XI Seminar 2—Location and specific dates TBD

Applications are due to Dr. Jeffrey Silvertooth (cc: Kristie Gallardo) by March 29th, 2021 

43rd Annual AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop, Tour & Virtual Pre-Conference Workshop

It's not too late to register for the 43rd Annual UT/AZ Range Livestock Workshop and Tour.  Here’s the schedule of events:

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 7-9 PM MST (6-8 PM AZ Time) – Preconference Virtual Seminar “Insights on improving grazing on public land.”

Register for the virtual workshop at:

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 8 AM – 4 PM MST, Hurricane Workshop. Trade show, lunch and door prizes provided.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 8 AM – 4 PM MST, Orderville Workshop. Trade show, lunch and door prizes provided
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 8 AM – 4 PM, Kanab BLM Field Office, Touring the David Johnson Ranch

Register for free at:

The workshop website is:

Check out the flyers for both the preconference workshop and in-person workshop on the group facebook:

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you in the next couple of weeks.

Data science consulting on research projects for CALS researchers

Do you have hurdles in your research related to data and analysis? Would one-on-one conversations with a data scientist help you solve these specific problems?

What: DIAG Office Hours is a way for University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) researchers, such as you, to get focused and specific help with data science problems in your research.

Why: To facilitate and accelerate data-intensive research in CALS

 Every Tuesday, 8-10am (Tucson/Phoenix Time)

Where: ResBaz

We collaborate closely with other groups on campus to get you the help you need, when you need it.

For more information email Dr. David LeBauer, Director of Data Science at CALS:

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 23, 2021
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 30, 2021
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 6, 2021
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 13, 2021


Vertical Gardening Webinar

March 25, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm

Online event link:

Featured Speaker: Carol R Noble, Payson Community Gardener: Carol joined the Payson Community Garden in May 2016 with no gardening experience. After years of interacting with other gardeners, using Google as well as trial and error, she is now a “much improved“ gardener. She has been a staff member at PCG for the past four years and a member of the Harvest Team for the past five years.

Carol has been experimenting with a variety of vertical gardening techniques for the past three years. She is a strong advocate for vertical gardening and looks forward to sharing what she has learned.

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

Binational Seawater Desalination Study - Sea of Cortez Region - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm MST

Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Project
Lela Perkins, PE, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group

The binational collaboration between Mexico and the US in Minute 323 includes the exploration of joint development of projects, such as seawater desalination opportunities in the Sea of Cortez region. This talk will present the results of a study conducted by a binational workgroup, including federal and state water agencies and NGOs. The study identified opportunities to develop approximately 200,000 acre-feet per year of treated seawater to benefit water users in Mexico and the US in an environmentally responsible manner.

Registration Information:
Register for and join this webinar:
The WRRC hosts its Brown Bag Webinars using Zoom. 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

Tucson Water's Reclaimed Water System: Providing the Right Water for the Right Use for Nearly 40 Years - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm MST

Speaker: John Kmiec, Interim Director, Tucson Water

For nearly forty years, Tucson Water has been reusing its effluent to help offset traditional potable uses. Today, the Tucson Water reclaimed water system not only provides high-quality reuse water directly to a wide variety of non-potable customers, but the utility is now utilizing their excess water for aquifer banking and riparian restoration projects. John Kmiec will walk us through the history of the Tucson Water reclaimed water system, up to the most recent projects for the utility. Then, he will discuss what may lie beyond the horizon in the next forty years.
Register for and join this webinar:  
Register for and join this webinar:

2021 Small-scale Farmer’s Colloquium (SFC)

The Small-scale Farmer's Colloquium ( is a free monthly meeting for small scale farmers to discuss, connect, and learn from one another and expert faculty members who will guide with science-based information.  It's for seasoned farmers, beginner farmers, and those interested in going into small-scale commercial farming in the future.

It is brought to you by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture and Small Acreage (CHSA) program in Yavapai and Coconino Counties.

Dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6.
Time:   4 5pm on each date

The Garden Kitchen On-Line Cooking Class

Italian Flavor Hands-On Online Cooking Class

Saturday, March 27, 11am - 1pm
Registration Deadline Tuesday at 8am
Tired of your usual spaghetti dinner, but still crave hearty Italian food? Join us for Italy without pasta! This class is great for mixing up your usual Italian dishes as well as providing gluten free options for everyone to enjoy. Learn how to balance flavors, that feel indulgent, while sticking to a healthy diet.

Creamy Polenta with Mascarpone and Parmesan Cheese
Sunflower Parmesan Pesto
Sicilian Style Stewed White Fish with Capers and Olives
Tomato and Fresh Herb Salad

Skills taught:
Creating an herb based sauce
How to create a dressing
How to create a stewed fish dish and creamy polenta
Class Fee: $40.00 per household. Optional $25 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.


ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

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

Centering Inclusion in Engagement: Avoiding the Illusion of Inclusion

Thursday, April 22nd | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

The workshop will provide participants with an overview of inclusion through the lens of engagement by centering metrics and goals centered on discipline specific areas of need. Designing inclusive engagement opportunities requires intentionality, accountability, and narrow understanding of discipline specific needs. Each participant will learn how to center inclusive excellence in program development to avoid the illusion of inclusion.

Speaker Bio: Ivy Banks serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Arizona. In her role, Dr. Banks leads campus diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to joining the Wildcat community, Dr. Banks served as the Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs – Engagement & Inclusive Excellence & Dean of Students at Northern Arizona University. With over fifteen years of experience in the higher education fields of diversity, inclusion, compliance and law, Dr. Banks has received numerous awards including the Anthony “Tony” Ross Award for service to the Black community, the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award, the LGBTQIA Commission’s Ally of the Year Award, and the Akron Law BLSA Alumni of the Year Award. 

Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Spring 2021:

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council

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