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New Environmental Horticulture Advisor Maggie Reiter!

UC Cooperative Extension is excited to welcome Maggie Reiter to the UCCE team!  Please take some time read a little more about Maggie.

I am Maggie Reiter, a new UC Cooperative Extension Advisor for Environmental Horticulture. I cover Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties. I have an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master’s degree in Applied Plant Science, both from the University of Minnesota. My studies were focused on turfgrass science and my thesis evaluated low-input fine fescue species for golf course fairways. My relationships with University of Minnesota extension agents were tremendously influential and encouraged me to pursue this role in central California.  

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I look forward to building a research and extension program that will meet local and statewide needs. Although horticultural industries in the Valley are extremely diverse, a central issue is water. With water conservation in mind, I plan to extend established, research-based information on plant selection and best management practices. My research goals will build on the work of my predecessors and continue to explore degraded water applications, reduce nutrient and pesticide overuse, and implement multifunctional landscapes. I am also interested in enhancing urban green space, improving public health, and policy related to these fields.

These objectives are certainly not calcified, and priorities will be revised with changing demands, new challenges, and input from stakeholders. Let me know if you need anything. I can be contacted at my email and office address 500 E Shaw Ave, Suite 210-B, Fresno, CA 93710.

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Fresno County Residents Learn Valuable Nutrition Lessons

Fresno County Residents Learn Valuable Nutrition Lessons Fresno

County has the highest pocket of concentrated poverty in the nation. One-fourth of the population—over 220,000 people—are eligible for CalFresh benefits (formerly food stamps.) The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program collaborates and leverages UC Cooperative Extension resources to positively impact the nutrition, physical activity, and food buying behaviors of low-income CalFresh-eligible families in Fresno County through direct education and applied research.

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CalFresh-eligible youth receive experiential lessons and taste testing designed to introduce them to a variety of healthy foods. In the 2011-12 school year, educators participating in the program reported that compared to the beginning of the year, approximately 96% of students try new foods offered at school more often. CalFresh-eligible adults participate in class-series and workshops centered on meal planning, “stretching” food dollars and feeding their families nutritious meals. Of participants evaluated, 42% of adults reported increasing their variety of fruits consumed. The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program partners with 29 school districts, private preschools and community agencies to meet the extensive need for nutrition education in Fresno County. Through collaboration with our dedicated partners and educators, we are growing healthy families and communities. 

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