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Back to our roots — a day of learning and community

The University of California Cooperative Extension is celebrating 100 years of science and service, and you are invited to the celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us as we go Back to Our Roots with a day of learning and community.

The UCCE is a branch of the UC’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is comprised of a vast network of UC researchers and educators who work together to solve regional issues related to agriculture, natural resources, youth development and nutrition. Our local UCCE staff and volunteers work closely with communities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County to offer research-based information to help farmers, home gardeners, youth and families thrive. Local UCCE programs include 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education, all of which are based in the San Luis Obispo office.

The celebration will include workshops, lunch and garden tours. The UCCE Master Food Preservers will hold a workshop, “All Methods of Food Preservation,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Chef Dave Schmidt will prepare a buffet-style lunch of seasonal cuisine that will be served in the garden from noon to 1 p.m.

During the lunch hour, Master Gardener docents will be available to answer questions about the demonstration garden. At 1 p.m., the Master Gardeners will present “Composting 101.”

A 4-H leather project activity will be held in the auditorium throughout the day for both children and adults. Representatives from the UC Cal Fresh program will also be on hand with information about the nutrition and fitness programs they’ve implemented for school-aged children and their families.

The UCCE centennial celebration will be at the Master Gardener’s demonstration garden, The Garden of the Seven Sisters, at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. The cost is free, but space is limited. Families are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, please visit http://ucanr.edu/100yearcelebration2014 or call 781-5940.