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April 28, 2014

CONTACT: Dohee Kim (626) 586-1974, deekim@ucanr.edu

Join UC Cooperative Extension to celebrate its 100th anniversary

UC Cooperative Extension will celebrate its 100th anniversary on May 8 at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in Compton, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us at the is great community fair and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of family fun with live music, games and snacks while you learn about good nutrition, gardening, food preservation, water conservation and pest management.

On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Smith-Lever Act, which created Cooperative Extension to help everyday people apply the latest university research to improve their lives. UC Cooperative Extension researchers and educators work with local communities to solve economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues.

"One of the most profound ways in which UC touches people's lives is through the work of Cooperative Extension," said Janet Napolitano, University of California President.

"We have accomplished so much in Los Angeles County through our science and service approach," said Keith Nathaniel, county director and 4-H youth development advisor. "We look forward to the next 100 years," he added.

When: May 8, 2014, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum - 18127 S. Alameda Street, Compton, CA 90220.

A.G. Kawamura, former secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture, will be there as the guest speaker. Kawamura is a third-generation farmer in Orange County and is involved in policy areas in hunger and nutrition. He is also a member of the Board of Governors to the California State University Foundation and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.

In addition, UC Cooperative Extension will launch its first crowd-sourced science project on May 8. Los Angeles County residents are invited to participate by recording their answers to three simple questions: 1) How many pollinators do you see? 2) How do you conserve water? and 3) Where is food grown in your community? Answers to these questions can be recorded at http://beascientist.ucanr.edu on a mobile device or computer. Fact sheets are in English and Spanish. The data collected will help UC scientists better understand the natural, agricultural and urban communities in California.

For more information on the centennial celebration in Los Angeles County, please contact Drusilla Rosales at (626) 586-1948, dmrosales@ucanr.edu, or visit http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/Centennial_Celebration_of_Science_and_Service.

This event is sponsored by the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.