Cooperative Extension was established in Placer and Nevada Counties in 1917. Our mission is to help all segments of the community benefit from the scientific advances in our nation's land grant universities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Use the links above to learn more about the programs available through UCCE Placer Nevada.
California Women to be Inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame
CHEVY CHASE, MD (October 7, 2015) – Sharon Junge of Auburn, California was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 9 for her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.
Honored by the California 4-H Youth Development Program, Junge was one of 16 people inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents or 4-H National Headquarters based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.
Honorees were presented with a National 4-H Hall of Fame medallion, plaque and memory book during the ceremony. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the Centennial Project of the NAE4-HA in partnership with National 4-H Council and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. For more information about the National 4-H Hall of Fame event and past recipients, visit www.nae4ha.com/hof
“We are proud to acknowledge the outstanding 2015 National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees for the passion, dedication, vision and leadership they’ve shown toward our young people during their many years of service to 4-H,” says Jeannette Rea Keywood, National 4-H Hall of Fame Committee Chair.
For nearly 40 years, Sharon served as a Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development Advisor and County Director in Placer and Nevada Counties for over 30 years. She accepted Statewide UC Cooperative Extension Positions as Healthy Families & Communities Statewide Initiatives Leader Acting Statewide 4-H Director in 2007. Most notably, Sharon was an early pioneer in afterschool programming, developing the first 4-H Afterschool Programs run by 4-H and Cooperative Extension in the nation and the largest California effort to reach more Latino youth in 4-H. Over 1,500 youth were reached annually in Placer and Nevada counties with a yearly budget of over $1.5 million. Her state afterschool expertise led to her work at the national level on several projects including, director of one the 4-H Afterschool Centers for Action (1991-1995), and a member of the National Extension Network for Child Care Board (1995-99), USDA’s Extension CARES Initiative Steering Committee (1999-2003), the National School-age Editorial Board (2001-02), and the Leadership Team for National 4-H Afterschool. She has written extensively on these projects and her curricula and evaluation findings are cited in many other works on afterschool programming. She authored other National Extension System afterschool resources such as Reaching Out to and Meeting the Needs of Diverse Audiences and Teens as Volunteer Leaders…Recruiting and Training Teens to Work with Younger Youth in After-school Programsand co-authored three other curricula with the National 4-H Leadership team that are used in 42 states. Expanding on her 4-H Afterschool work, she served as Co-Principal Investigator for the multi-year Youth Experiences in Science (YES) project funded by NSF ($980,000). As the 4-H Program Leader she continued her efforts in afterschool and science education securing a grant to co-develop Tools of the Trade I and II, Inspiring Young Minds to be SET Ready for Life, which allowed 4-H to provide professional development to afterschool providers enriching the experiences of nearly 114,000 youth statewide and countless more nationally.
Through her leadership, she helped launch the state's 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Initiative led by the 4-H SET Leadership Team. She provided expertise to secure funding for the development of There’s No New Water! curriculum, the 5-year CYFAR project focused on science through gardening, and other SET projects, resources, and training. She also launched California's Healthy Living Initiative. In 2010, Sharon successfully secured a $1.2 million gift over a five year period to strengthen the 4-H club program through the integration of cutting edge research on positive youth development and positive mindset, 4-H Thrive. This gift resulted in youth leadership development projects that reached 8500 youth and 2000 adult volunteers who contributed 9746 hours of volunteer service to their communities. The value of volunteer service is $1,101,267, essentially doubling the value of the initial gift of this ongoing project.
There has never been a program leader in CA that garnered the support and trust of colleagues within Cooperative Extension both in 4-H and in other program areas. Sharon is fully invested in 4-H and the powerful impact 4-H makes on the lives of youth, families and communities. As an Emeritus Advisor she still works to develop curricula for youth nutrition education and supports and mentors 4-H Youth Development academics and staff. She continues to be a trusted colleague whose knowledge and expertise is valued and consulted.
The Eat Local Placer & Nevada Project
- Participated in 157 tastings and other events, reaching 25,887 consumers directly.
- Distributed 21,056 samples of locally grown produce.
- Developed 35 recipes for local fruits and vegetables and distributed over 40,000 recipe cards. A set of recipes was developed specifically for food bank clientele and another set was translated into Spanish.
- Provided tastings and local produce distributions at three area food banks.
- Collaborated with UC nutrition programs to provide over 1,000 fresh produce samples to low income students.
- Provided tastings and local specialty crops information at events at three area schools.
- The Eat Local project increased produce sales for local farmers by $49,232 through produce purchases and farmers’ market vouchers.
- $9,616 of local produce was distributed to more than 2,000 low-income and senior community members.
- Consumers purchased $19,460 of produce at farmers’ markets using vouchers provided by the project.
- Consumer surveys show that:
- 62% purchased the fruit or vegetable they tasted
- 61% purchased new or different fruits or vegetables
- 36% purchased more local produce
To find out more about the project and eating local in Placer and Nevada Counties, visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/EatLocalPlacerNevada/
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California Wool Growers Association Award
Roger Ingram, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor and County Director for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Placer and Nevada Counties, was recently presented with the Golden Fleece Award by the California Wool Growers Association (CWGA). The Golden Fleece Award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting contribution to the California sheep industry. The award was presented during the CWGA convention in Monterey in late August.
In presenting the award, CWGA recognized Ingram’s work with small farmers and ranchers in the Sierra Foothills and throughout California. Through the California Grazing Academy, the California Multi-Species Grazing Academy, the Beginning Farming Academy, and the Shepherding School, Ingram has helped to train current and aspiring sheep producers in grazing management, animal husbandry, and business management. His dedication and commitment to small ruminant production and sound business practices has helped spark a renewed interest in sheep production in the Sierra Foothills and beyond.