January 19, 2020
The Dig Deep Farms Food Hub celebrated its Grand Opening on Friday, January 17th as part of All In Alameda County's new war on poverty. This truly remarkable and high-impacting “Food as Medicine” initiative has been created by many dedicated partners including Hillary Bass of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Dr. Steven Chen, the Chief Medical Officer of All In Alameda County, Sasha Shankar and Troy Horton of Dig Deep Farms and Alameda County Supervisor, Wilma Chan. Many CASI folks know Dr. Chen from his work to scale and spread the Food as Medicine model that bundles together multiple interventions to improve health: a “food farmacy” with food prescriptions through a partnership with Dig Deep Farms, a “social needs pharmacy” to connect patients to community resources, and a group medical visit “behavioral pharmacy” that combines movement, nutrition, stress reduction and social support. A video that showcases Dr. Chen's work at the Hayward Wellness Clinic where he served as Medical Director before joining All In Alameda County, can be viewed athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1pwSAEJ-bI&list=PLLjlfxpbNglYF2m7tvApfiR5NXParpvGP&index=2&t=69s This is a tremendously important and hugely successful effort that is improving the lives of many people in Alameda County.
Dig Deep Farms Food Hub’s new location in San Leandro, CA, January 17, 2020
Dr. Steven Chen, Chief Medical Officer of All In Alameda County, Dig Deep Farms Food Hub Grand Opening, San Leandro, CA, January 17, 2020
Jim Downer is an Advisor who has worked extensively on tree - avocado especially - pathology. His title econpases Pathology of landscape ornamentals , Phytophthora Root Rot, Mulches, Potting soils, Palm horticulture, "climate ready" trees, arboriculture, Master Gardener Advisor.
The word sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath which most of us take to be a day of rest. So naturally most people not affiliated with Universities would assume that sabbaticals are a kind of paid vacation. After a certain number of years professors can leave for a year-long vacation somewhere. The reality of sabbaticals is quite different. As UC academics farm advisors have a sabbatical privilege, although many of my colleagues never take the opportunity. A well-known pomologist in Northern California has never taken one in her entire career. Her choice is not uncommon, because it takes a lot of change to make Change happen. You have to uproot yourself and create a life elsewhere and that takes much planning. A sabbatical is a kind of rest, because we are not doing our normal job functions, but also a time of renewal, study, or exploration that should have outputs of interest to those with whom we work (our clientele).
It is an academic privilege to take sabbaticals, but UC has requirements before we can go. Before we can leave we have to accrue credit toward the sabbatical. It takes about nine years of full time work before we are able to go away for a year. Shorter versions are also possible. While gone, we can't use any of our office or County based resources. In order to go, we need to write a plan that details what will be done, how we fund our activities, what will be learned, and how it will help our clientele. When we return, a detailed report must be filed that describes what was accomplished. Sabbaticals often involve foreign travel, but that is dependent on the nature of the sabbatical. They may be focused on research or on professional development (going back to school). In my last sabbatical over 25 years ago, I did the coursework for my Ph.D. in plant pathology.
On this sabbatical, my emphasis was writing. I have so many projects that were not written up either for journal articles or popular clientele-based publications. I had never written a UC publication before, so that was also a goal ( https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/) I was also interested in looking at the origin of some of the “Climate Ready Trees” that grow in the desert Southwest, and finally I did some travel to Thailand and Texas to look at shade trees in very different places.
I took up residence in the small town of Portal, AZ last October (2018). Located there is the South Western Research Station (SWRS). SWRS is a nexus for biologists studying bio diversity in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona. I held two meetings - one at the beginning of my sabbatical and one just at the end - on the ecology of trees in the Chiricahua Mountains. Clientele from California and all over the country and world attended. The meetings were in Collaboration with the University of Arizona. My trip to Thailand focused on horticulture in Chiang Mai and it was fascinating to see trees struggling with urban life in a tropical country. In Texas, I spoke at Texas A and M about palms and drought and learned about local drought tolerant species. My travels and findings about “climate ready” trees were summarized briefly in a sabbatical report on our website at http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/Environmental_Horticulture/Landscape/. There are links there to other publications that I was able to produce while on leave. Several of the publications are open access journals and can be easily viewed on the web. I am in the process of developing my final sabbatical report and another Landscape Notes article on trees that I recommend for Southern California landscapes.
While sabbaticals are a time of renewal and rest from current duties they also result in new knowledge and ways we can better help our clientele. I am back now and look forward to working with everyone in Ventura County on tree and plant pathology issue.
It was a "Science of a Day" at the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology open house last Saturday...
Doctoral student Ann Holmes holds up a bat specimen. Next to her is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors flock around doctoral student Ann Holmes to see the bat specimens and ask questions. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist and doctoral student Alexander Dedmon awaits visitors. Behind him is a portrait of Professor Richard Bohart (1913-2007), founder of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist Alexander Dedmon answers questions about the many different ways insects can be used as evidence in forensic entomology.
Doctoral student Charlotte Alberts explains her research on assassin flies, also known as robber flies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors learned from doctoral student Charlotte Alberts how assassin flies catch their prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forest entomologists and doctoral students Gabe Foote (left) and Crystal Homicz (right) talk about their research. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forest entomologist Crystal Homicz shows visitors evidence of damage by forest beetles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral student Yao Cai (center) led the discussion on circadian clocks and insects. With him are Nitrol Liu (left), also a graduate student in the Chiu lab, and Ben Kunimoto, a Davis Senior High School student. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Graduate student Nitrol Liu of the Joanna Chiu lab shows a fruit fly poster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral student Zachary Griebenow greets visitors eager to learn about ants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral student Zachary Griebenow talks about his specialty, ants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
How do monarch butterflies know when to migrate? Take the case of a male monarch reared, released...
Eight microscopes will be available at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Jan. 18. Visitors can view the research projects of doctoral students. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ants will be the topic of Zachary Griebenow of the Phil Ward lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. This image shows emeritus professor Jerry Powell of UC Berkeley identifying insects at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ventura County Research Symposium
Sustainability Through Soil Health
February 27, 2020
Please join us for a morning of research updates and
speakers highlighting industry trends including:
- Soil Health Assessment and Management:
- Lessons from the Arid and Semiarid Southwest
- Dr. John Idowu, Extension Agronomist & Associate Professor at New Mexico State University
- Messages from Soil Health Research
- in San Joaquin Valley
- Dr. Jeffrey P. Mitchell, CE Cropping Systems Specialist at Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
citrus cover crop