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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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The California Naturalist training involves both classroom and field sessions. Opportunity knocks for aspiring naturalists in California
The California Naturalist program will be offered in an eight-day immersion course in...

Lenya Quinn-Davidson The California fires situation is concerning, but not hopeless
The news that Americans are getting about California's devasting fires is not being hyped up by the...

Grapes are particularly to smoke taint when growing close to a wildfire. (Photo: Farmers concerned about crops tainted by wildfire smoke
When wildfires send smoke into farmland, orchards and vineyards, growers are concerned about the...

UC Food Blog

  • Why 'AA' is for Avocado Addict

    The avocado, often thought of as a vegetable, is really a fruit and it's packed with potassium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    If you're like most of us, you “go bananas” for a banana for breakfast. It's healthy, nutritious and packed with potassium. But wait! You should probably go bananas for another fruit--that pear-shaped avocado. Did you know the avocado...

  • Fresno’s Southeast Asian farmers are on trend with new ‘superfood’

    Fresno farmer Vang Thao in his moringa plantation.

    Farmer Vang Thao has been managing a successful farm south of Fresno for nearly 30 years, producing a spectacular array of vegetables – heirloom tomatoes, purple bell peppers, water spinach, bitter melon, Thai eggplant and dozens of others. Every...

  • School food: Supporting healthy kids and local food systems

    Delivery truck wrapped in healthy food marketing. Photo: @slcusdfood

    School food service is a multibillion dollar industry that impacts the lives of over 30 million (mostly) low-income students. Every school day and, with increasing frequency, during summer weekdays as well, this industry provides two-thirds of students'...

  • Growers get labor-saving ideas at UC Grape Day

    Labor costs about 7 cents per vine for managing the “touchless” vineyard, compared to $1 in the conventional vineyard, says Kaan Kurtural, UC Cooperative Extension specialist.

    Will machines replace the romance of the hand-cultivated wine grape vineyard? A “touchless” vineyard was among the latest research on labor shortages, weeds and pest management by UC Cooperative Extension scientists discussed at Grape Day...

  • UC Master Food Preserver volunteers in tribal communities

    UC Master Food Preserver volunteers perform outreach at tribal communities. (Photo: Barbara Goldberg)

    Throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the UC Master Food Preserver Program is actively engaging with tribal members. In fact, the UC Master Food Preserver volunteers have been “jamming it up” since 2017 with over 15 workshops for tribal...

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