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Holiday Food Safety

This is the time of year for potlucks, parties, finger food and food born illnesses.  Take some time to know how to properly prepare and protect food from possible food  born illnesses and do it in a fun way....besides nobody wants to be sick during the holidays.

Amy Breschini, (, coodinator in San Luis Obispo County, has developed a terrific on-line training tool that makes learning about food safety fun.  Before you get to the fun part, you might go to:  and read up on cooking for groups. 

You will now ace the next part of this fun link to food safety:
Special thanks to Amy for sharing her great idea!  Share it with your fellow Master Gardeners today.  Happy Holidays. 


Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM
Tags: food safety (1), quiz (1), survey (1)

Conference Registration Deadline Extended to Nov. 30, 2008

The International Master Gardener Conference early bird registration has been extended to Nov. 30th 2008.  You now have a few more days to get your registration in.  The conference boasts some great tours, great speakers and some great fun.  You will be able to see Brad Landcaster who was one of our keynote speakers at our statewide conference last month.  You can tour local Master Gardener gardens as well as botanic gardens and other highlights that only Las Vagas has to offer.  Hope you plant to go!  See you there!

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Early (read cheap) Registration for International Conference Deadline

International Master Gardener Conference LogoIf you have been casting an eye for attending the International Master Gardener Conference, now would be the time to make the committment and register.  The deadline for the lowest registration price ($260.00) is November 16th. 

The International Conference hasn't been in the west for many years.  The 2009 conference is being held in Las Vegas, NV, home to lots of lights but lots of wonderful garden adventures as well. 

To get the details on this marvelous event, go to:



Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Make the Most of Your Web Page Real Estate--Putting “Carewords” to Work

Last April, Communication Services surveyed our clientele to determine their web needs and preferences. This Carewords research revealed how our clientele use our county Web sites, the information they want and what words on the Web page resonate with them. 

We learned that our clients come to us for information on pest management and home gardening more than any other topics — Master Gardener programs are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the Carewords information.

Join us on December 4, 2008 from 10 – 3 in the Plum Room of the DANR Building in Davis for an intensive, hands-on workshop tailored to Master Gardener web content managers.

By attending this workshop you will learn:

  • Carewords results for your geographic area
  • Words that resonate with your key audience and cross-over audiences
  • We’ll individually analyze your current web content and suggest changes that you can make to create content with impact using the Carewords results.

Because of the hands-on nature of this workshop, registration is limited to 10.

Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless internet capability so we can roll up our sleeves and get to work! If you do not have one, we do have a couple available for your use that day by advanced reservation.

The cost of this workshop is $12.00. Lunch will be provided.

Register using this link –

Credit card payments and departmental charges will be accepted.

Unfortunately, travel support for the workshop is not available; the workshop fee covers lunch charges.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Kintigh at 530-754-3911, or Pam Geisel at 530-754-6000,

Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Your Invited to a Special Event at Robert Mondavi Center for Food and Wine

I am pleased to share this invitation with you and would like to encourage your attendance to hear a once-in-a-lifetime presentation by David Howard, recently-retired head gardener to Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.  Save September 27th at 4:30 p.m. here at the new Good Life Garden on the Davis Campus.  The program will also include presentations by celebrated authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ethne Clarke, as well as fabulous local artisanal foods and beverages.  This is a dazzling occasion for anyone passionate about food, gardening and sustainable living.

In addition, the first 200 people to register will become a “Friend of the Garden” and will be eligible to receive discounts on future UC Davis Good Life Garden events.

You can find more information and purchase tickets by linking to: <> .

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 9:45 AM

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