San Luis Obispo County
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Office Information

San Luis Obispo County
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5940
Fax: (805) 781-4316

Director

Photo of Mary L Bianchi Mary L Bianchi
Title: County Director and Horticulture Farm Advisor
Specialty: Horticulture, pomology, subtropicals, water management and water quality. Horticulture in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County.
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5949
Email: mlbianchi@ucanr.edu

 

Staff List

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Advisors
Specialists
Cross County Advisors
4-H Youth Development Program
UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program
Program Staff
Administrative Staff


Advisors

Photo of Mark Battany Mark Battany
Title: Viticulture Farm Advisor
Specialty: Grapes, soils and irrigation in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5948
Fax: (805) 781-4316
Email: mcbattany@ucanr.edu

 

Photo of Richard P Enfield Richard P Enfield
Title: 4-H Youth Development Advisor-Emeritus
Specialty: Positive youth development, nonformal science projects, experiential education, John Dewey, community collaborations and the concepts of social capital, resiliency and developmental assets.
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: CD: (805) 781-5940 4-H: (805) 781-5943
Email: rpenfield@ucanr.edu

 

Photo of Dr Royce Larsen E. Dr Royce Larsen E.
Title: Area Natural Resource Watershed Advisor
Specialty: Water Quality and Non-point Source Pollution on Rangelands. Also, other natural resource issues including: Rangeland Improvements, Noxious Invasive Weeds, Wildland Fires, Grassland Restoration and Endangered Species.
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
350 N. Main Street, Ste. B
Templeton, CA, CA 93465
Phone: (805) 434-4106
Fax: (805) 434-4881
Email: relarsen@ucanr.edu

 

Shirley S Peterson M.S., R.D.
Title: Advisor Emeritus Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences
Specialty: Nutrition, food safety, & consumer economics.
Address:
2156 Sierra Way #C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4556
Email: sspeterson@ucdavis.edu

 

Photo of Dr Katherine E. Soule Dr Katherine E. Soule
Title: Youth, Families, and Communities Advisor
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-4093
Fax: 805-781-4316
Email: kesoule@ucanr.edu

 

Specialists

Photo of William D Tietje William D Tietje
Title: Area Natural Resource Specialist
Specialty: Oak woodland ecology and management, human impacts on wildlife, oak regeneration, land use planning
Address:
Cooperative Extension County Offices UCCE San Luis Obispo County 2156 Sierra Way
2156 Sierra Way, Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5938
Email: tietje@berkeley.edu

 

Cross County Advisors

Dr Surendra Dara
Title: Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor and Affiliated IPM Advisor
Specialty: Strawberry and Vegetable Crops and Entomology in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Address:
UC Cooperative Extension
2156 Sierra Way, Ste C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 788-2321
Fax: 805-781-4316
Email: skdara@ucanr.edu

 

Photo of Mark Gaskell Ph.D. Mark Gaskell Ph.D.
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Specialty crops, small fruit crops, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, small farms in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Address:
Cooperative Extension Santa Barbara County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 788-2374
Fax: (805) 781-5940
Email: mlgaskell@ucanr.edu

 

Franklin F Laemmlen Ph.D.
Title: Farm Advisor - Emeritus
Specialty: Vegetable crops (leafy greens, parsley, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, carrots, nappa, bok choy, cilantro, spinach, squash, peppers (bell), plant pathology, nematology, entomology, farm safety, plant problem diagnosis, cut flowers
Address:
1053 Camelot Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone: (805) 934-4997
Fax: 805-934-4997
Email: fflaemmlen2@ucdavis.edu

 

Etaferahu Takele , M.S.
Title: County Director/Area Advisor Farm Management/Agricultural Economics
Specialty: Area Advisor - Farm Management /Agricultural Economics - Production economics, decision-making at the farm level, integrated input management, risk managementSubtropical Fruit Crops (Citrus, Avocados) Vegetable crops, Field CropsRiverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angles, Orange and Ventura.
Address:
Cooperative Extension Riverside County
21150 Box Springs Road, Ste 202
Moreno Valley, CA 92557-8718
Phone: (951) 683-6491 x221
Email: ettakele@ucanr.edu

 

4-H Youth Development Program

Heather Dauer
Title: 4-H Administrative Assistant 
Specialty: SLO Scientists
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5943

 

Denise Harris
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5943
Email: dharris@co.slo.ca.us

 

Krysti Jerdin
Title: 4-H Program Representative II
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 781-5950
Email: kjerdin@ucanr.edu

 

UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program

Melissa LaFreniere
Title: UC CalFresh NEP Program Representative II
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5947
Email: mslafreniere@ucanr.edu

 

Photo of Lisa Paniagua Lisa Paniagua
Title: UC CalFresh NEP Program Representative II
Specialty: UC CalFresh Nutrition Education
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5947
Email: lmharrah@ucanr.edu

 

CR Taylor-Burns
Title: UC CalFresh NEP Program Rep II
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5947
Email: crtaylorburns@ucanr.edu

 

Program Staff

Maria Murrietta
Title: Farm Advisor Assistant and Master Gardener Coordinator
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 781-5946
Email: mmurrietta@co.slo.ca.us

 

Photo of Christine Nelson Christine Nelson
Title: Health Education Specialist
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5944
Email: cinelson@co.slo.ca.us

 

Administrative Staff

Sue Lake
Title: Office Manager
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5942
Email: slake@co.slo.ca.us

 

Photo of Ingrid Schumann Ingrid Schumann
Title: Administrative Assistant III
Address:
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5940
Email: ischumann@co.slo.ca.us

 
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