Monday, May 26, 2014

Cottage Food Operations Workshop Series - June 12 & 16 in Jackson

Workshop: Balancing Fire Hazard Reduction and Sensitive Resources in Suburban Forests and Open Space - June 27

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Center for Forestry, Placer County, American Basin Council of Watersheds, Northern California Society of American Foresters, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife will co-sponsor a workshop on reviewing, planning and implementing fuels treatments in suburban parks and open spaces.

Workshop objectives: treatments to reduce fuel loads in suburban parks and open space can create concerns about their potential ecological and environmental impacts. This workshop has been developed to address some of those concerns through a series of presentations by specialists and entities doing fuels treatments. Field trips to sites where treatments have been applied are included in the program.

The workshop is intended for anyone involved in reviewing, planning and implementing fuels treatments in suburban parks and open space. Any and all interested agencies and citizens are also invited. Attendees should provide their own transportation and lunch.

To Register: Send an e-mail with your contact information to Richard Harris at  If you have questions, call him at (707) 685-5508.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Amador Learning Center - Register now for Summer/Fall College Classes

Register now for Summer/Fall College Classes

WHO: New and returning college students
WHAT: The Amador Learning Center staff can help you enroll and register for online and iTV (interactive Television) summer/fall classes 2014 at Coastline Community College, Alan Hancock College, Foothill College, and Folsom Lake College. Prior to registering for classes, new students must submit an application, take an assessment test, attend orientation, and meet with a counselor.
WHEN: Important dates are listed on the Academic Calendars tab of the website for each college. Go to:
WHERE: Amador Learning Center, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, Sutter Creek, CA. Call Michael Krikorian, Coordinator, at 209-223-6393 or email for an appointment. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.

The Amador Learning Center facilitates access to over 100 degree and certificate programs to choose from, including options for the new associate degrees for transfer to California State University and University of California campuses.

A sample of career fields offered includes: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Business Information Systems, Fire Technology, Human Services, Health and Fitness, CISCO Academies, Computer Graphics and Design, and more. For a complete list, go to or call 209-223-6393.

The Amador Learning Center provides:
• Mentoring through admission, assessment, orientation, counseling, and registration.
• Assistance with financial aid application.
• Tutoring in reading, writing, and math skills.
• Access to laptops/tablets and broadband connectivity.

California residents pay only $46 per unit and financial aid is available through FAFSA for qualified applicants.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

UC Foothill Grape Day, June 5: To Highlight Local Research, Vine Water Transport, and Zinfandel

Foothill Grape Day, sponsored and organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich, will be held Thursday, June 5 at the Amador County Fairgrounds. This year’s annual grower meeting will focus on current UC foothill research, vine water physiology, an update on Red Blotch disease and will include a special grower/winemaker panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities with growing and vinifying Zinfandel.

Two current foothill research projects will be highlighted: work with UC Davis Plant Pathologist Dr. Doug Gubler and his graduate student Brianna McGuire on using the powdery mildew index; and work with USDA-ARS researchers Ruby Stahel and Dr. Kerri Steenwerth investigating approaches to managing noxious weeds in foothill vineyards. The noxious weed study is a new project in Calaveras County vineyards adjacent to range lands. Yellow starthistle can be a problem in vineyards, due, in part, because some of the most effective herbicides to control it are toxic to grapes and can’t be used. Stahel is mapping the prevalence of weeds in 4 vineyards and documenting the management practices there.

Wunderlich and McGuire will present their work on powdery mildew. “Powdery mildew continues to be the main disease grape growers treat for,” Wunderlich said, “and I’ve been working to secure foothill weather stations that calculate the mildew index and to make the information publicly available on UCIPM”.

“The foothills pose a challenge due to our wide range of growing elevations, slopes, and microclimates”, Wunderlich noted. “For many years growers in other regions have had access to this type of data, and it is time for us to learn something more about mildew here, so that, ideally, we can save sprays but maintain quality”. With collaborative support from private growers, the Amador Winegrowers Association, and UCIPM, two powdery mildew stations were installed in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County last year. This year, with support from the Fish Friendly Farming program and a grant they received from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, two more stations were placed in El Dorado County. With assistance from Dr. Doug Gubler and his graduate student Brianna McGuire, mildew studies are being conducted in the foothills to evaluate grower spray programs compared to station programs. Mildew spore trapping is also being conducted this year.

Andrew McElrone, USDA Research Scientist affiliated with the Department of Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis, will give a special presentation on “How grape vines use water: a journey through the vine’s vascular system”. McElrone’s research aims to develop sustainable water-use strategies through improved understanding of drought resistance, deficit irrigation strategies, and water use quantification, timely information for a drought year. He will cover vine physiology related to water transport, including the effects of rootstocks on vine water use.

Rhonda Smith, UCCE Sonoma Viticulture Advisor, will present an update on Red Blotch disease. Smith has been doing research on the symptomology of Red Blotch in white varieties.

The meeting will end with a grower/winemaker panel on Zinfandel. Panelists include Tegan Passalacqua, winemaker and vineyard manager for Turley Wine Cellars, Chris Leamy, Terra d’Oro winemaker and vice-President for Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), and Kevin Steward, vineyard manager for Trinchero Family Estates.

“Zinfandel continues to be an important variety for our region,” Wunderlich said. “Zinfandel is a part of the foothill viticultural heritage, but there are different ideas out there now about how it is best grown and what attributes create wine quality”.

To register for Foothill Grape Day, contact Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528 or go to:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs May 15

Amador Community College Foundation  
DATE: Thursday, May 15, 2014
LOCATION: 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA
Conference Room #C
TIME: 2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF

Discussion/Action Items:

1) Public Comment: At this time the Board will hear comments from the public.

2) Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Karen: report on bank balances.

3) Finance/Fundraising: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Karen: report on grants submissions
b) Wyman: report on gala

4) Curriculum Access: Discussion and possible action to approve
a) Michael: Update on Amador Learning Center

5) Partnerships: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve

6) Marketing: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Wyman: presentation of marketing plan for ACCF

Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members)

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM