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4-H helps young people discover and develop their potential. It provides a wide variety of educational and enrichment experiences.
Our program promotes healthy lifestyles in Trinity County by addressing childhood obesity, family and consumer well-being, food security and food safety. We serve low income people with quality food and nutrition education programs and supervise the UC CalFresh Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP).
Master Gardeners extend UC research-based information to the public about home horticulture. In exchange for the training and materials received from the University of California, master gardeners perform volunteer services in a variety of venues.
The forestry program works with private forest landowners, registered professional foresters, agencies, and forest industry personnel, with an emphasis on educational outreach programs focused on forest stewardship and wildfire protection.
We help to promote agritourism and support local agriculture through a website, workshops and other activities.
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One of our most frequent questions at this time of year is -why do my young squash wither at the end and don't grow any larger? What causes that? In most cases, it's a pollination failure. Squash, melons and cucumbers (cucurbits) have male and female flowers. Pollen in the male flower is sticky, so wind-blown pollination doesn't work and the plants need insects or human helpers to transfer pollen. There can also be a mismatch in timing if the female & male flowers aren't blooming simultaneously, so that pollination doesn't occur.
How do you tell the difference between male and female flowers? The male flowers grow on slender, upright stalks and have a single stamen in the center of a flower. The female flowers have a swollen base (the beginning of your squash fruit) and the center of the flower has a cluster of anthers. In the photo, the female flower just above the baby pattypan is just about to bloom. The male flowers (above & left) are also about the bloom, so hopefully the timing will be right for successful pollination.
If you don't have lots of insects moving pollen from flower to flower, you can help by using a small artist brush to dab pollen from the male to female flowers. Pretend you're a bee! And if you want to try squash flowers in your favorite recipe, be sure to choose the male flowers (sorry, guys). We hope you have a bountiful squash harvest!
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Sudden Oak Death Information
Sudden Oak Death is caused by a non-native plant pathogen. It was recently found in the southwestern portion of Trinity County. This plant disease has the potential to cause significant oak mortality, with associated changes in our forest ecosystem and increased wildfire risk.
You can help prevent the spread of this disease, which is dispersed through plant materials, soil, nursery plants and forest products. There are many host plants in our area which are not killed by the disease, but which serve as a source of infection.
Trinity County Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 1468
Weaverville, CA 96093
Physical Address (no mail delivery):
Young Family Ranch
260 Oregon St.
Weaverville, CA 96093
Larry C. Forero