UCCE Contra Costa
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
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 remote work policy for our staff. This policy will remain in effect beginning March 17, 2020 and continuing indefinitely.
We are committed to serving our community, and are OPEN VIRTUALLY with a special UC ANR COVID-19 resources site.
Finally, we 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.
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.
CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties Promotes Healthy Eating Practices with Teens Love Cooking
After attending a Teens Love Cooking summer series focused on nutrition and culinary skills, 83% of youth participants were more willing to try new foods and ask for them at home. The class helped reinforce their healthy eating habits and support their...
By Kelly Hong
Author - Community Education Specialist 1By Mishelle Costa
Editor - Community Education Supervisor IBy Rosa I Vargas
Editor - Regional ManagerBy Shannon A Klisch
Editor - Academic Coordinator II
CFHL, UCCE Kern Program helps Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Farm Working Families Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
CFHL, UCCE Kern Program aims to improve health in farm working families by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. As a result of a CFHL, UCCE Kern Program partnership with Head Start centers serving migrant communities, youth completed over...
By Beatriz Adrianna Rojas
Author - Community Education Supervisor II
CalFresh Healthy Living's school-based programs support healthy diets during COVID-19
Nutrition Policy Institute partnered with local health departments to evaluate school-based CalFresh Healthy Living, finding that it improved student diet during COVID-19, contributing to improved community health and wellness. The Issue In March 2020...
By Amanda M Linares
Author - Academic Coordinator IIBy Kaela Plank
ContributorBy Sridharshi Hewawitharana
ContributorBy Gail Woodward-Lopez
ContributorBy Miranda Westfall
UCCE Promotes Container Gardening to Encourage Vegetable Intake and Improve Health for Affordable Housing Residents
A social media campaign aims to improve health of residents at low-income housing sites by encouraging vegetable intake through container gardening The Issue In the U.S., vegetable intake is lowest among adults with low income. Eating the...
By Veronica VanCleave-Hunt
Author - Community Education SpecialistBy Karina Hathorn
Contributor - Program Coordinator UC Master Gardeners of Butte County & CalFresh Healthy Living, UC Community Education Specialist
4-H Youth Help to Build Climate-Resilient Households, Communities and Ecosystems
In response to CA SB1383, the 4-H Food Waste Busters Project provides an opportunity for youth to engage in reducing household food waste and help combat climate change. The Issue Household food waste is a major problem in the U.S. and the average U.S....
By Yu Meng
Author - Youth Family and Community AdvisorBy Dorina M Espinoza
Author - Youth, Families and Communities AdvisorBy Marisa Neelon
Author - Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor
Food Assistance during "Shelter-In-Place"
Need food? Here is a list of places to turn to...
Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Ste. B
Concord, CA 94520-4829
Main Office: 925-608-6670
Master Gardeners: 925-608-6683
4-H Program: 925-608-6690
Contra Costa Stories
Bringing integrated pest management to schools
Since the enactment of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) in 2001, both UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) have been working with school districts in California to provide information about integrated pest management (IPM). The strategies employed in an IPM program include modifying horticultural practices, such as changing mowing heights and managing irrigation appropriately. These practices can reduce the amount of pesticides used on school grounds to help schools to meet the standards of the HSA and provide a safe and healthy environment for students, teachers and staff. DPR has coordinated numerous workshops for school districts covering general landscape and building IPM topics. However, attendees requested more detailed training about turf IPM since they manage turf areas like playgrounds and sports fields. UCCE has extensive experience in this area and was called upon to help schools implement this policy.
Students and teachers learn to love healthy snacks!
Healthy Halloween Celebration
Students enjoy a Healthy Halloween at Foothill School!
Fruit and Vegetable Challenge!
Students Try New Fruits and Veggies at Jack London School!
A ton of vegetables!
A TON OF VEGETABLES!
The Master Gardeners donated 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Monument Crisis Center for distribution to families.
Contra Costa Master Gardener Events
Calendar and Events