Who We Are
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is residents’ direct connection to University of California (UC) knowledge and expertise. We are part of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR), a statewide network of UC researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources. Our educators and Advisors, all with Master degrees or Ph.D.s, work and live in this community, saving public dollars and enhancing the quality of life for people in many ways.
What We Do
We deliver 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.
The word Cooperative in our name refers to the fact that our funding is derived from multiple sources in cooperation with one another. We receive funding from county, state, and federal sources. Contra Costa County currently provides administrative support including office space, utilities, transportation to program sites, and clerical support. UC provides academic and program staff. We also rely on grants, donations and program cost-recovery to deliver our programs and conduct our research projects.