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Across California, the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources' (UC ANR) 64 Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers. We are the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. Our county-based staff is part of the community – we live and work in the areas we serve. We turn science into solutions.

We foster healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities and healthy Californians.

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Mary Lu Arpaia is on a mission to find new avocado varieties for California. UC researchers look to expand California avocado production
California avocados are the best in the world. So says downtown restaurant manager Daniel Avalos in...

The Elegant Lady peach is one of many excellent varieties that are produced in abundance by California peach growers. California peaches are in good shape
The warmest winter since 1907 in south-central Texas has left its peach crop with inadequate chill...

Dead trees in the Sequoia National Forestd. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service) California trees are under attack at many fronts
Trees in several parts of California are suffering greatly in recent years due to pests, fire,...

UC Food Blog

  • UC ANR scientists help fledgling Tanzania avocado industry

    Mary Lu Arpaia inspecting locally produced avocados being sold in a road side stall. (Photo: Mark Hoddle)

    Dedicated growers and research support from the University of California have made avocados a California success story. As part of the UC Global Food Initiative, which is channeling UC resources toward sustainably feeding the world's growing population,...

  • U.S. Congressman mixes up healthy food for UC nutrition education program

    U.S. Congressman Jim Costa blends a salad for students at La Vina Elementary School in Madera County. UCCE nutrition educator Angelica Perez stands with the congressman.

    When United States Congressman Jim Costa learned about the federally funded nutrition education programs being offered in his district, he made plans to visit. He wanted a first-hand experience with UC CalFresh, in which UC Cooperative Extension...

  • With nutrition education, a conversation may be more fruitful than a lecture

    The parents crowding around the table to see what we have and talk to an educator.

    How do we support low-income Latino families with appropriate nutrition education that makes a difference in their lives? This was the question staff with the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were...

  • Building blocks of health

    Cubes of baby food made from applesauce, potato puree, spinach puree, carrot puree, and pear puree. (Photo: Dayna Ravalin)

    The scenario: Tomorrow is farmers market day, but not just any market on any day. This market happens once a month as part of a collaboration between the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and Lopez High School. The high school, a continuation...

  • 'Agriculture: Food for Life' is the theme of National Ag Week

    Third grade students from Fremont Elementary School joined classmates on their way to Kearney's lettuce planting at last year's Farm and Nutrition Day.

    How are you celebrating American agriculture in your life? In advance of National Ag Week, March 19-25, and National Ag Day, March 21, Central Valley third-grade students were “learning with lettuce” how to bring more agriculture into their...

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