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Spotlight on UCCE Master Gardener of San Bernardino County Loleta Cruse

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When Loleta first learned she had been chosen for the Monthly Master Gardener Spotlight for March, she said she didn't think there would be much of interest about her to put in the article. I soon came to the realization that this was Loleta's humility...

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:34 PM
  • Author: Debbie Ledoux

Elementary School Parents Learn To Save Money and Keep Food Safe

Parents at Davidson and Anton Elementary in the San Bernardino Unified School District, were invited to participate in a series of workshops provided by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver (MFP) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs (EFNEP). The first EFNEP series included 9 lessons from the Eating Smart Being Active curriculum. The focus was eating well and living a healthier life style. Each week parents learned about a new topic such as My Healthy Plate, whole grains, meal planning, saving money, and food safety. Parents also participated in 15 minutes of physical activity through walking indoors videos. During the workshops, parents tasted new recipes as well as set goals and received lesson enhancements to encourage behavior change. At the end of the series, parents who attended at least 7 lessons received a certificate of graduation.

The EFNEP workshops were followed by the MFP jam making class. Parents made mixed berry freezer jam. Food safety measures learned during the EFNEP workshops, were reinforced by emphasizing the importance of hand washing, using a clean surface and storing at the proper temperature. Parents learned they can store their jam in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for 12 months. Tips on stretching your food dollar were also reinforced by sharing various types of fruit that can be used for jam. This is a great way to save money by buying seasonal or frozen fruit, using fruit from a home garden, reusing containers found at home, sharing with friends and giving jam as gifts. Everyone had smiles on their faces while making and tasting their jam!


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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 2:39 PM
Focus Area Tags: Family Food Health

CLASS: Tea, Treats and Jam Making--a good one!

Start your spring off tastily--Attend the Tea, Treats and Jam Making Class.

It's at the end of this month, February 28, so it is coming up FAST.  Be there, watch some jam making, enjoy some cooking demo treats!


Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 4:08 PM

Eat your leafy reds--One day you will be able to do this

Is that a beautiful plant or what? What it is is a new RED spinach developed and released by the USDA Agricultural Service. The spinach the first true red and is called USDA Red.

USDA Red is supposed to be good for fresh baby leaves, freezing and canning use. It has an even higher nutritional content than green spinach, containing betacyanin which is an even more potent anti-oxidant than anthocyanin. What a nice looking addition to a salad or pot of greens. And if you garden to add to your freezer or canning cupboard, this would be a colorful bonus.

Beauty and nutrition; a double home run. I wish I could grow some now to see how it tastes!


Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 4:18 PM

Master Gardeners Are There When You Need Them - Monthly Master Gardener Spotlight: Bob & Sharon Yocum by Debbie LeDoux

Bob and Sharon sampling veggies at Crafton Hills garden

I met with Bob and Sharon Yocum recently on a beautiful, clear Southern California winter morning at the Crafton Hills College garden in Yucaipa, California. With the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains in the distance, it was a perfect way to spend a...

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