December 1, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Pima Cooperative Extension Launches Newsletter
  3. 21st Century Share Fair hosted by PCCE 
  4. AmeriCorps Positions Now Open
  5. New Extension Publication
  6. Native Voices in STEM
  7. Balancing Environmental, Municipal, and Agricultural Needs in the Edwards Aquifer: A Farmer’s Perspective - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  8. The Garden Kitchen Live Online Hands-on Cooking Classes
  9. Nominations: 2020/2021 Leadership Fellows Program 

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

I hope everyone enjoyed some free time and a happy Thanksgiving holiday.  It was a well-deserved break at a beautiful time of year.  I am also hopeful that everyone in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) and their families are staying healthy.

The case numbers for COVID-19 in Arizona are continuing to rise in all counties of Arizona.  Health care facilities in many areas are being stressed from additional COVID-19 cases and experiencing difficulties in managing normal patient care.

The CES is holding all counties at the current phase levels for operations and we are asking unit heads to manage with caution and very conservatively.

Please adhere to best public health practices and manage program operations carefully.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Pima Cooperative Extension Launches Newsletter

You can now learn about Pima County Cooperative Extension’s (PCCE) 4-H, Master Gardening, health initiatives, and more through the new UArizona PCCE e-newsletter, The Round-Up.  The first edition was distributed in November and featured three sections; Grow, Share, Prepare, highlighting program successes and engagement opportunities. You can sign up for the bi-monthly Round-Up or for other PCCE mailing lists Here or visit the PCCE Website to learn more.  

21st Century Share Fair hosted by PCCE

UArizona Pima County Cooperative Extension recently hosted the first annual 21st Century Share Fair for 21st Century Community Learning Center staff working in Arizona. Approximately 75 21st Century program staff participated and 30 Extension staff from 10 different counties across the state.

Visit the Share Fair website –to see all ten presentations by Extension faculty and staff including
        Rockets to the Rescue!
        Take Charge of Your Cash and 
        Home Economics: Saving a Forgotten Science. 

Many thanks to Extension faculty and staff from Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Pinal, and Yavapai counties who hosted virtual brown bag lunches to showcase Extension programs and how they contribute to 21st Century goals of academic achievement, family engagement and youth development. We also created a Padlet that features presentations from each of the counties as well as more snapshots from the day!

Based on participants responses in the opening session, more than 2600 students in K-12 schools across the state will be impacted this year by the skills shared. By the end of the Share Fair, attendee knowledge of Cooperative Extension (on a ten point scale) increased from 3.9 to 8.1.

Given the synergy between 21st Century goals and Extension programming, this is likely to be the first of many such collaborations. Thank you to all who made this first venture a success!

AmeriCorps Positions

AmeriCorps positions are now open for 2021 recruitment.  Members will serve in a variety programs where they may provide youth STEM opportunities; nutrition and health education; or agriculture and environmental support services. Wildcat Corps Members are an important part of supporting the University's goal of improving lives and communities.   

These 2021 Members will serve 300 to 450 hours. The living allowance ranges from $2,652 to $3,315 and the educational award from $1,311 to $1,638. Educational awards can be used for future education or student loans. Members that are 55 or older at the time of service can transfer their educational award to a child or grandchild. To learn more about national service and AmeriCorps go to:  

There will be available positions at UACE Gila County; UACE Graham County; UACE Greenlee County; UACE Hopi Tribal Nation; UACE Maricopa County; UACE Pima County; UACE Pinal County; and 4-H State offices.  To see a list of all open positions in Arizona type UACE in the Program Name section at this My AmeriCorps link:    

For more information about Wildcat Corps email

New Extension Publication

Phytophthora Rots of Apple and Pistachio
Jiahuai Hu

Fruit and nut trees are economically important crops in Arizona backyards or commercial orchards. The most common and most important diseases observed in fruit and nut trees are root diseases that cause a gradual and irreversible decline of the tree. Phytophthora rots of root, crown (rootstock) and collar (scion) are common and destructive diseases of fruit and nut trees worldwide. In Arizona, apple, pistachio, peach, and citrus are susceptible to Phytophthora rots, especially trees grown in heavy soils or under wet soils conditions resulting from excessive irrigation for extended periods.  

Native Voices in STEM

Fall 2020 Seminar Series Presents:
Co-Founder of Navajo Ethno-Agriculture

December 2nd
3 PM - 4 PM MST
Join us remotely via zoom at

For more info, visit
Questions? Email us at

About the Speaker:
Nonabah Lane (Diné) is the Director of New Mexico Projects at Navajo Power and Cofounder of Navajo Ethno-Agriculture. She specializes in community  environmental  sustainability  by  engaging citizen  science and   participatory   research   methods   with   Tribal   communities   to promote  and  develop  sustainable  strategies  across  issues  of  water quality,   agriculture,   energy,   and   STEM   education.   Her   community development and philanthropic work focus on social impact investing in Native American communities. Nonabah is a member of the Navajo Nation.

Balancing Environmental, Municipal, and Agricultural Needs in the Edwards Aquifer: A Farmer’s Perspective - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Speaker: Adam Yablonski, President, Comanche Creek Farms

Adam Yablonski will provide a brief description of the Edwards Aquifer, including the demographics of the region, and give an overview of the political history that led to the permitting of water rights. The presentation will also cover a few of the special rules and considerations for agriculture in the region, programs that came out of a broad stakeholder process, and provide some thoughts on the future.

Adam Yablonski is a farmer and rancher in Medina County, Texas. He has been involved in regional water planning since 2008 and has represented agriculture on multiple boards and planning groups. He is currently President of the Medina County Farm Bureau and represents agriculture on the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group.

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 Live Online Hands-on Cooking Classes

Last Chance to Register!
Fresh Pasta from Scratch Hands-On Cooking Class
Friday 12/4 5:30pm-7:30pm

Join us for a live online hands-on cooking class using Zoom! Think outside the box and learn to make your own fresh pasta at home. You'll mix, roll, shape and cook fettuccine and tortellini from scratch.
Pesto Calabrese
Parsley Laminated Fettuccini with Puttanesca

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

If you own a pasta maker, you can utilize that during the class and we'll give tips on how to best use it. If you don't own a pasta maker, that's OK too! We'll also show you how to create pasta by hand. If you don't own a pasta maker but are thinking about purchasing one and would like recommendations, send a note to Again, a pasta maker is not required for this class.

Instructor: Jenn Parlin
Class Fee: $40.00 per household. Register here!

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 Classes
12/12: Tapas & Cheese Plate
Strawberry ginger jam; Homemade mesquite crackers; Lemon thyme marinated mushrooms; Sweet and spicy nuts

12/19: Holiday for Two
Roasted butternut squash soup; Orange fennel salad; Game hen under a brick

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.

Class fee of $40.00 per household plus optional add-on for grocery pick-up.
Please register early so we know if enough people are registered to hold the class!

Now Accepting Nominations: 2020/2021 Leadership Fellows Program for Staff and Appointed Professionals

The Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual distinguished leadership development program for exceptional university staff and classified staff.  Given that two-thirds of the employees in CALS are non-faculty, it is conspicuous that, until its induction in 2017, there had been no formal program to support the transformational leadership and professional development of rising star staff.  
This program requires a significant commitment from both the nominee and the mentor to develop future higher education leaders through stretch experiences, transformational professional development, and tailored mentoring.
Eligibility and submission packet materials can be found here.  Completed applications are due December 18, 2020.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.  Nominees and mentors will be notified in writing in early February 2021.
Example Scenario: Wilma Wildcat desires to be a vital student advisor and leader in CALS and at the UA.  She identifies a mentor in Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta.  Together, they develop a detailed development plan including stretch projects where Wilma leads change efforts in advising within CALS.  The plan also identifies the need for Wilma to become a certified advisor, which requires $2,000 in course work and testing.  Nancy actively mentors Wilma in the achievement of her goal.  As an alumna of this program, Wilma will be expected to continue to give back to CALS through service on future Fellowship selection committees, leading future initiatives, consultation with senior leaders of the division, etc.

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