UC CalFresh Nutrition Education – Making a Difference with Kids and Families!

The University of California Cooperative Extension – Central Sierra (El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties) houses the regional UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program. The general goal of UC CalFresh is to improve the diet and nutrition-related skills of CalFresh (formerly know as food stamps) recipients and their families.

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Students learn about healthy food on local farms thanks to CDFA grant

Elementary students across Calaveras County get their hands dirty on farm field trips

Students from around the county are getting their hands dirty and learning about the importance of eating more fresh, seasonal produce from local farms thanks to funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) as part of their CalAgPlate grant program.

“I loved eating the pomegranate and walnuts right off of the tree,” said Abby Carter, a third grade student from Valley Springs Elementary during a recent trip to the Metzger Family Farm and Winery  in San Andreas.

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Youth Gardens Help Feed Families in Aftermath of Butte Fire

 Organizations join together to get school garden veggies to families in need

So many people and organizations have stepped up these last two in weeks as the Butte Fire burned more than 70,000 acres in Calaveras and Amador Counties, destroying over 500 houses and evacuating thousands from their homes for days on end.


“We wanted to help too,” said Zach Guillemin a Railroad Flat Resident and 8th grader at Toyon Middle School.

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Wildcat Ranch Soil Testing

Sonora High School Biology students perform soil test on raised garden beds.

The Biology class tested science experimental compost beds for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and PH levels.
A total of 6 beds were planted with onions, 6 beds planted with garlic. Students will monitor the differences the compost levels have on crops in each of the beds through out the growing season.

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