beets and lettuceThe  Gardening in Small Spaces workshop is geared to help the beginning gardener, returning gardener, gardeners from outside the desert or current gardeners that just want a little refresher, learn how to be successful growing their own food in the Mojave Desert.  

Hint…it’s not as hard as you might think!

Let Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, teach you what you need to know to get started and have a successful garden this year. 

Let us help you to make 2016 your most successful garden yet!

 

Clipart President's Day

All Cooperative Extension offices will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day.  All offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 16.

Photo of dark chocolate barIt appears that dark chocolate is your best choice since it contains the most potent plant chemicals called flavonoids.

Studies have shown that chocolate consumption may help lower blood pressure, reduce blood cholesterol and benefit the heart in other ways.

However, more studies are needed to identify the type and how much chocolate is best suited for health benefits.

For now, an ounce or two makes a nice dessert or snack and is probably good for you.

Of course, since the chocolate that we eat is high in sugar and fat, it’s best to consume it in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet. .

 

The heart truth logoFebruary is heart health month!  Do you take care of your family? Goes without saying. Do you take care of your home? Of course. Do you take care of your heart? Probably not.

It may not be at the top of most women’s to-do lists, but caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease.

While many may assume that popping a few pills that your healthcare provider prescribed is enough to quell symptoms or prevent a heart attack, the real preventative power lies with real changes to your lifestyle – which can reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent.

Read on to find out how!