Cooperative Extension Contra Costa
University of California
Cooperative Extension Contra Costa

UCCE Contra Costa

Coronavirus Update

On March 17, 2020, a “Shelter-In-Place of Residence” order was issued for all Bay Area counties. To protect you and your families, our staff, our partners, our volunteers, and the communities we live and work in from the risks associated with COVID-19, UC ANR Cooperative Extension has implemented a work from home policy for our staff. This policy will remain in effect from March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.

We also had to cancel various activities and events in our schools and throughout the communities we service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. However, we want to assure you that the health and well-being of our employees and our community is our top priority.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update our policies and procedures as the need arises. Please continue to check this page for any updated policies, changes in service and updates on events. We also want to encourage you to follow the guidance(s) associated with the “Shelter-In-Place of Residence” order, as well as information posted on the various county and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.  Thank you for your continued and ongoing support.


The University of California Cooperative Extension Contra Costa County delivers high quality education and research  programs that contribute to:
• Safe, healthy and accessible food
• Clean water and a healthy environment
• Improved nutrition habits and well-nourished residents
• Healthy youth who contribute to healthy communities
• An improved local economy

Our programs benefit ALL cities and ALL citizens throughout the County. We pride ourselves on delivering the most cost-effective programs in the most efficient manner by drawing upon experts from throughout the UC system, utilizing over 600 trained volunteers, and working cooperatively with over 150 diverse public and private agencies/organizations. And we do this at a minimal cost to the public.


Contra Costa Stories

Project 4-H2O Provides Free Zero Calorie Education and Option at Sugartown Festival
In Contra Costa County, the 2016 California Healthy Kids Survey found that only one out of four teens, ages 12-17, drank eight or more glasses of water the previous day. The same survey found that two out of three (62%) of teens drank two or more sodas the previous day - two times more teens than the national rate of 30%. Studies have found that Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) consumption is linked to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, tooth decay, and type 2 diabetes. Each 12 ounce soda contains the equivalent of eight teaspoons of added sugar, 130 calories, and zero nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends that children and teens limit added sugars to less than six teaspoons a day. Substituting zero calorie water for SSBs can help reduce added sugars, calories, and weight gain, ultimately reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases. Education and awareness are keys to helping individuals make informed choices. The annual Sugartown Festival in Crockett, CA is the largest community festival in the city drawing about 7,500 participants and provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness.

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Food Assistance during "Shelter-In-Place"

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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension
Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Ste. B

Concord, CA 94520-4829

Main Office: 925-608-6670
Master Gardeners: 925-608-6683
Fax: 925-608-6697

Director:  Frank McPherson

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Spotlight Stories

Amazing Apples!

Students and teachers learn to love healthy snacks!

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Healthy Halloween Celebration

Students enjoy a Healthy Halloween at Foothill School!

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Fruit and Vegetable Challenge!

Students Try New Fruits and Veggies at Jack London School!

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A ton of vegetables!


The Master Gardeners donated 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Monument Crisis Center for distribution to families.

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