Upcoming Webinar Learn at Lunch Webinar:


Country Mouse, City Mouse: Fruit Gleaning Programs

for Large and Small Communities


Date: February 16, 2016

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM (MST)

Speakers: Shawn Peterson, The Green Urban Lunch Box, and Jason Barto, Wasatch Back Trees

Access to fresh, healthy food is a critical issue. By empowering neighbors and other volunteers to share in the harvest and care of fruit trees, we prevent waste, build community knowledge and resources, and create sustainable, low cost ways to obtain healthy, organic, locally-grown fruit. Learn how two programs, large and small, are working to advance solutions.

Shawn planted and harvested his own garden when he was 12 years old. He began gardening with youth in 2011 when he founded The Green Urban Lunch Box. He is a very creative person who learns by doing. Shawn also has a history of living his dreams. Shawn taught himself how to sail and then sailed from the US to Fiji. He has also motorcycled from the US to Central America. His latest dream includes educating youth and the general public about urban agriculture through The Green Urban Lunch Box. Shawn is passionate about creating a food system that is more sustainable and healthy.

Jason is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI).  Jason achieved his Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) in November 2014. In 2012, Jason was recognized with the “Utah Forestry Stewardship Achievement Award.” Jason was recently recognized by the Utah Community Forestry Council as “2015 Arborist of the Year.”

*No registration required for this FREE webinar!

 This webinar is good for 1 CEU from the following organizations:

  • International Society of Arboriculture 
  • Society of American Foresters         

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1. Plan to enter the webinar a few minutes early to enter CEU information and answer survey questions.

2. Click on the web link provided for the session: https://connect.usu.edu/r8on5f5drss/

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4. You should be taken to the presentation screen and have access to the audio. You are encouraged to participate and ask questions in the chat pod in the lower left corner.

Learn at Lunch Webinars are brought to you by a partnership between Utah State University Forestry Extension and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands.

Save the Date!

March 22: Options for Reducing Wood Smoke in Utah, Joel Karmazyn (DEQ); John Ackerly (forgreenheat.org) 

April 19: Aspen ecology and management, maple dieback and decline, Tara Bal (Michigan Technological University), Kevin Krasnow (Teton Science School)

May 11: Pruning shade trees, Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor, Urban Trees and Landscape Plants, University of FL

June 14: Geographic patterns of forest insect and disease related mortality and defoliation, spatial and temporal patterns of wildfire occurrence, Kevin Potter, North Carolina State University

July 12: Ancient aspen abundance as shown in the pollen record of the West, Vachel Carter, University of Utah

August (Date TBD): Wildfires and erosion, Joel Sankey, USGS Flagstaff, AZ

Sept. 20, Jeannie Patton, The Nature Conservancy, Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy

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