Tom Crutchfield

Who’s Who in Reptiles, Tom Crutchfield

The name Tom Crutchfield often evokes a number of different responses. Awe, respect, curiosity and even the occasional curse word have accompanied a discussion about him. To some, he is the icon who brought many rare and unusual reptiles into the hobby. To others, he is an adventurer who has traveled the globe in search of unique reptiles and amphibians. To the select few, he’s that infuriating fellow who beat them to the punch when it came to breeding a new and exciting morph. But whichever category you fall into, you have to acknowledge that his passion for the reptiles he keeps and breeds is all-consuming and very broad. Mr. Crutchfield is the guest speaker at the December 5 meeting.

Ice cream turkeyIngredients: (makes 4 turkeys)

Easy Banana Ice Cream-…
6 bananas
2-4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons almond milk (or any kind of milk you like)

Decorations-
2 graham cracker rectangles
8 candy eyes
4 orange candy coated sunflower seeds*
4 red candy coated sunflower seeds*

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Department of Agriculture will offer an abbreviated Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training, focusing on risk management in fruit and vegetable production 10 a.m. – noon on Dec. 4. The training will be held at the Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard, 4600 Horse Drive in Las Vegas, Nev. Participants will learn principles of good agricultural and handling practices related to reducing risk from microbial food hazards and fundamental components of food safety as part of a management plan.

RadishesAfter the training, participants are encouraged to attend one of two free mock audits: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 following the abbreviated GAPs training at the Center (please bring a lunch), or Saturday Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – noon at Blue Lizard Farms, 2122 Sunrise Drive in Caliente. Nev.

Course mulch and highly enriched top soil is available at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard. Both are free to residents if loaded themselves; however, there’s a $2 per tractor scoop fee, if needed, for the top soil. The Center is located in North Las Vegas and is open to the public Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday’s from 8 a.m. to noon.

Residents loading mulch

Residents loading mulch at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.