University of California Joins Commemoration on National Hispanic Heritage Month

In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is sharing a sampling of its efforts to reach California Hispanics and Latinos.

  • CalAgrAbility is aiding disabled farmworkers by locating resources, including cost-cutting technologies, and by providing technical assistance, education, and training.
  • A UCCE advisor in Santa Cruz has been providing bilingual education meetings to teach immigrants about research-based strawberry management practices. Berry production is viewed as an ideal jumping off point for anyone interested in becoming a grower, and his meetings have drawn people from as far away as Baja, California.
  • Local students around Chollas Creek have been meeting with UCCE to devise a process for reducing an infestation of an invasive Arundo donax (giant cane) species, and ultimately, make the restoration areas around the creek more inviting for outdoor activities.
  • Janet Hartin, a UCCE advisor, received a competitive grant for her vision to fund educational services to Spanish-speaking landscapers in San Bernardino County. An estimated 12,000- 15,000 of these landscapers lack sufficient knowledge in integrated pest management and the safe use of pesticides, in part due to the underwhelming amount of training opportunities for this Spanish-speaking community.
  • A UCCE specialist and Mexico native is now involved in providing culturally sensitive information programs to improve the health and well-being of Latinos in the Central Valley, who are currently suffering from numerous health and food security issues.

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