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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

May 4, 2021

In this issue of the Active News Beet... 


CalFresh Healthy Living General Items of Interest
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action! 
If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates
Bee Social - Social Media Corner
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Website Updates

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“My family really liked it [baby tomato bites recipe] and said that I should make it again."
 — SNAC Youth Leader Meetings Go Virtual, Create Opportunities to Engage Families
Parent at Adam (William Laird) Elementary, Santa Barbara County

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

CFHL, UC May Town Hall

Date/time: May 18 , 12:30  - 2:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What's Up? Wednesday

Date/time: May 26, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Zoom Information:


Site List Updates Timeline for FFY 2022

May 3 – June 11, 2021
  • Updates to SharePoint
    • Coordinate and Communicate with your CFHL Partners
    • Add, update or delete sites
    • Update Alternative Methodology documentation and attach to the Site in SharePoint
June 14 – July 2, 2021
  • CFHL, UC State Office will begin reviewing and working with counties to finalize sites.
  • All questions and clarifications must be addressed
For technical Assistance please reach out to Jennifer Quigley.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Health Equity Through Program Planning Training Series

Listen to first-hand accounts of how CalFresh Healthy Living local implementers partnered with their communities to identify and address health inequities in their counties. Then join a lively, 45 minute breakout session to ask questions, get answers, and generally talk about the health equity work you’re doing. Register here.

Sessions (flyer):

  • May 5, 1:30 - 3:00 PM - The Magic of Assessments: How to Uncover Health Disparities & Build Local Support to Address Them in Rural California 
  • May 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM - Health in Transportation: Advancing Health Equity through Cross-Sector Collaboration 
  • May 19, 10:00 – 11:30 AM - Achieving Health Equity through Asset Based Community Engagement 
Source: Program Planning Training Workgroup

Ancestral Recipes Cookbook & Live Cooking Demos

Ancestral Recipes: From My Grandma’s Kitchen To Yours has been designed in collaboration with Borrego Health's patient community in the eastern Coachella Valley. Cookbook recipes, based on MyPlate, were tailored to ensure ingredients are available and affordable. The cookbook is currently available in English and Spanish.  Dr. Ann Cheney from UC Riverside School of Medicine will be presenting this cookbook with a community member in the May CFHL, UC Town Hall.
Source: Borrego Health

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

Please send any content you would like to see included to  Andra NicoliMiguel Galvan

Farm to School in CFHL, UCCE Santa Barbara County

  • CFHL, UCCE in Santa Barbara County harvest fresh produce from school gardens which is then served in school lunches. 
  • In April, Miguel Diaz and Abbi Mars harvested 50 pounds of turnips and 10 pounds of beets from the Hapwood Elementary garden. The produce was sent to the district kitchen to be prepped for school lunches.
  • The school chef made a pickled vegetable blend with the turnips, a mashed potato with turnips, roasted turnips, and steamed beets. 
  • When Abbi was visiting the school garden recently, some staff members came out to the garden. Abbi offered the school nurse a few beets and she asked: "Can I pull the next one? I just want to feel what it's like to pull fresh produce right out of the earth".

CFHL, UCCE Calaveras County Kids Day in the Garden

  • CFHL, UCCE partners with UC Master Gardeners, Calaveras First 5, Prevent Child Abuse Council of Calaveras, Dairy Council of California, Dignity Health, Calaveras Unified School District, Gardens to Grow In, and Calaveras Grown to bring Kids Day in the Garden to the families of Calaveras County every spring.
  • UCCE Educator, Katy Munniks chairs the Kids Day in the Garden Planning Committee and led the organization of this year’s 14th annual event. 
  • Due to COVID-19, this year’s event could not occur in-person at the Calaveras Demonstration garden. Instead, the committee worked together to create a bag of activities and information to go home with children. The committee promoted this event through emails, press releases and all-school emails for families to sign to receive a bag.
  • The committee received $1250 in donations for the event and purchased a variety of fun and interactive items to include in the bag. In addition to the donations, CFHL, UCCE and Dairy Council provided indirect education materials for the children.
  • A total of 200 bags have been assembled and will be distributed to families in early May. Next year the committee hopes to have this event in-person again. 

CFHL, UCCE Butte County Student Garden Club

  • In collaboration with the CFHL, UCCE Butte County a 3rd grade class at Oakdale Height elementary started a garden club.
  • During a recent session, the Butte team integrated Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) techniques as a warm up. Students were asked to pretend their arms were stems or limbs and their hands, leaves. If they were feeling energetic and strong, their limbs, stems and leaves would be raised high, if they were feeling less energetic than usual then limbs, stems and leaves (arms and hands) lowered. Students were asked to notice who in their garden club may need some help being strong during the session.
  • In addition to the SEL check-in Student’s weeded a planting box, measured for placement of Olla pots, dug holes and placed 5 Olla pots in the ground. The Olla pots will be filled with water and will leach water out for the plants.

If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates

Welcome to If you Carrot All, your one stop shop for garden-related information. If You Carrot All will be a recurring segment and will include garden-related resources and relevant information for CFHL, UC Programs.  

Three Sisters Garden: Companion Planting

For centuries, traditional Native American gardeners used companion planting - growing three different plants together.  Certain combinations of plants can make them more productive. This is often due to some plants having complementary characteristics, such as nutrient requirements, growth habits, or pest-repelling abilities. One of the best examples of companion gardening is the Three Sisters method.

The crops of corn, beans and squash are known as the Three Sisters. Corn provides tall stalks for the beans to climb so that they are not overtaken by spreading squash vines.  Beans provide nitrogen to fertilize the soil and stabilize the corn stalks. The large leaves of the squash plants shade the ground which helps retain soil moisture and prevent weeds.

Corn, beans, and squash also complement each other nutritionally. Corn provides carbohydrates, the dried beans are rich in protein, and finally squash yields vitamins and minerals from the fruit.

The Three Sisters garden success involves attention to timing, seed spacing, and varieties. Planting the Three Sisters in the order of corn, beans, and squash will ensure that they will grow and mature together. Corn should be planted first. Plant “pole” bean seeds 2-3 weeks later or when corn is a few inches tall. Once the beans start sending tendrils to climb the corn, plant squash seeds a week later. You don’t want to have the squash leaves shade young corn and bean seedlings before they have been established.

To learn more about companion gardening, check out information from the UC Master Gardener program of Sonoma, September 2016. A companion planting chart is available here.

Bee Social - Social Media Corner

Bee Social will be a recurring segment and will include social media-related resources and relevant information for CFHL, UC Programs. Please send any content you would like to see included to  Andra Nicoli & Miguel Galvan

May Social Media Graphics

Celebrate the month of May by posting on your social media platforms the incredible graphics developed by the COVID-19 Social Media Workgroup. Graphics include:
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Harvest of the Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • Mother's Day
  • World Hand Hygiene Day
  • Women's Health Week
  • Food Allergies Awareness Month & More!
The designs provided have been reviewed and follow the CFHL, UCCE Social Media Branding Guidelines.
Have a Berry Nice Mother's Day! Thank you to all the mothers who are trying to make healthy choices for their families. #CFHLUCCE #CalFreshHealthyLiving #CalFreshHealthyLivingUCCE #UCCE #UCANR #MothersDay #BerryNiceDay #Berries #HealthyFamilies
The week of May 9-15 is National Women's Health Week. Mental, nutrition, and physical health are all equally important parts of a balanced lifestyle.

National Women's Health Week Challenge:
  • To reduce stress and improve focus try meditating for 1 minute every day this week.
  • Try cooking a healthy meal at home; it is good for your diet and your wallet.
  • To strengthen muscles and joints, try going for a walk/run.
  • Lettuce know if you’re up for the challenge! 🥬
Please share with all the women in your life and wish them a healthy week. #WomensHealthWeek #CalFresh #MotivationMonday #MeditationMonday #MovementMonday #WomensMentalHealth #WomensNutrition #WomensFitness #WomensHealth #ThisIsPublicHealth #NWHW

Rethink Your Drink Month Resources

CFHL, UCCE Yolo County has developed the following social media resources for Rethink Your Drink Month:

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Racial Equity in Farm to Early Care and Education Forum 

Date/Time: May 5, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Description: Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives aim to increase access to local foods and hands-on food and nutrition education to support the health and well being of young children and their families. Farm to ECE can also be an opportunity to shift power to communities and advance racial equity in our food and early care systems. Please join the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) for an open discussion forum to share your insights and ideas on how farm to ECE can actively build power in communities and elevate and enable community initiatives to cultivate just local and regional food systems
Zoom Information:

Youth Engagement Leadership Call

Date/Time: May 6, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Topic: Youth Engagement Success Stories and UC Delivers
Zoom Information: 

Implementing a Plan, Shop, Save & Cook Lesson

Date/Time: May 6, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Description: Join this webinar to see how a PSSC lesson is delivered virtually. Maricarmen Anaya from CFHL, UCCE San Joaquin will demonstrate PSSC Lesson 3.
Note: The webinar is primarily targeted to non-UC CFHL LIA staff who are interested in accessing the PSSC curriculum. CFHL, UCCE Educators are welcome to attend if interested. Please contact Tammy McMurdo for more information.
Zoom Information:

The Future of Food: Exploring Food System Career Pathways for Young People

Date/Time: May 6, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Description: Do you partner with young people in your CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE efforts? Invite the young people you partner with to join this UC Davis Campus Global Theme event coordinated by the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC State Office. The event will include highlights and learnings from youth engagement efforts across the state, followed by Q&A, and finally breakout rooms where youth participants can explore college and career interests as they connect with and ask questions of UC faculty, staff, and students.
Zoom Information:

Creative Opportunities for Strengthening Farm to ECE Through Emerging Federal Funding Streams

Date/Time: May 12, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Description: The latest round of federal stimulus funding - the American Rescue Plan - will be infusing billions of dollars through the early care and education sector and food and agriculture systems in the coming months. Join this webinar co-presented by the National Farm to School Network, Policy Equity Group, and Food Research & Action Center to learn about immediate opportunities to encourage state decision makers to think creatively across sectors and use funds to build more equitable and resilient food and ECE systems.
Zoom Information:

Virtual PA Programming for Older Adults: Moving through a Pandemic One Step at a Time

Date/Time: June 10, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Description: Participants of the Virtual PA Programming for Older Adults: Moving Through a Pandemic One Step at a Time webinar will explore the needs and challenges of recruiting and sustaining physical activity programs for older adults during a pandemic and beyond. Participants will learn new ways for delivering virtual older adult physical activity sessions and explore resources that support successful engagement of this unique population. (Flyer)
Zoom Information: 

Website Updates

Please send any content you would like to see included to to Miguel Galvan

New Virtual Education Webpage

CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California (CFHL, UC) has been at the forefront of creating virtual education resources for SNAP-Ed eligible audiences. The CFHL, UC program has created a webpage with resources to provide guidance and support for other SNAP-Ed programs in transitioning their curriculum to be delivered virtually. For more information, visit the CFHL, UC Virtual Education webpage.

Garden Implementation Updates

The following update was added to the Garden Implementation webpage:
  • SNAP-Ed Supports Food Related Gardening with allowable costs for seeds, plants, small gardening tools and soil. For more information and resources about nutrition education and gardening go to the USDA Food and Nutrition Services gardening page.  You can also view the USDA/FNS webinar on school gardening.

CFHL, UCCE Webpage Checklist

It's spring cleaning time, so please review your UCCE webpage and update it with the proper logo and information on our program. During the May Town Hall, CFHL, UCCE Santa Clara Cluster Counties showcased the updated UCCE webpage. Now it’s your turn!

To assist you in this updating, please see the UCCE Webpage Checklist available on the CFHL, UC website here: 
  • Pathway: Administration> Communication Resources webpage.
Remember the Communication Resources webpage on the CFHL, UC website is your one stop shop for all things “communication” oriented.

Evaluation Updates

The following updates and changes were made to the CFHL, UC website:
  • New PSE Needs and Environmental Assessments webpage
    • Find commonly used UCCE assessment tools
    • SLAQs – printable, online, and data collection protocols posted
  • Updates to Youth Evaluation Tools webpage
    • Two new teacher surveys available for FFY21: Teacher Feedback Survey and Teacher Observation Survey
    • See new Nearpod resources for the Youth Intent to Change survey
  • Save the Date: Evaluation Office Hours May 25th, 1:00 - 2:30PM
We want to hear from you!

Please email Editors Andra NicoliMiguel Galvan to share your comments, stories, photos, or other items you would like to see featured in future Active News Beet issues.
Active News Beet newsletters are sent by the CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California State Office on behalf of the Director, Kamaljeet Singh-Khaira.. Past issues of the Active News Beet can be viewed here.
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California's CalFresh Healthy Living, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – USDA SNAP, produced this material. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. For important nutrition information, visit the CalFresh Healthy Living website.
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