UC Cooperative Extension San Mateo/San Francisco Open House
Date: October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sponsor: Cooperative Extension San Mateo/SF Counties
Location: 1500 Purisima Creek Road
Get the "Dirt" on UC Cooperative Extension!
- Learn about pollination, beekeeping, and the buzz inside a honey bee hive.
Dr. Sheena Sidhu, UC Staff Researcher and Entomologist will show you what the buzz is all about.
- Sample fresh seasonal produce with recipes & tips from our Nutrition staff. Stop by for a delicious Autumn snack. We think you’ll love it!
- Learn how to make a seed pot with old newspaper and plant a seed to take home with our Healthy Living Ambassadors.
- Learn all about aquatic food webs with a hike to our stream. Catch a stream insect and view it under a microscope! Dr. Igor Lacan, UC Environmental Horticulture Advisor will entertain and amaze you!
*(2) 45 min. tours: 10:30-11:15 and 1:00-1:45*
- Explore local rangeland ecology with a short ranch hike and learn about the benefits of livestock grazing around urban communities with Sheila Barry, UC Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor.
*(3) 30 min. tours: 11:00-11:30, 12:00-12:30, and 1:00-1:30*
- Discover the many possibilities of edible herbs, their flavor, aroma & use in food. Then move on for a little Green Waste 101 with our Master Gardeners.
- Ever asked yourself: “what’s that bug in my house?” Local expert, Dr. Andrew Sutherland, UC Urban IPM Advisor, will be on hand to enlighten you.
- Kombucha – the secret sauce! Touch a SCOBY and titillate your taste buds with our Master Food Preservers.
- From Coop to Barn – learn about food & fiber systems, meet our animals and tour our gardens with the Elkus Ranch Educators.
*(3) 30 min. tours: 10:30-11:00, 11:30-12:00, and 12:30-1:00*
- Come see how mushrooms and termites turn wood into food (and how you too can become part of that food chain!).
- Talk to a soil scientist and get the dirt on “dirt!” Learn about the wonders of our local soils, and learn how to determine soil texture in your garden!
- Bring along a “waste free” lunch and enjoy our lovely setting – don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and your walking shoes!