County Based CE Advisors
County farm advisors' work is aimed at enhancing California agricultural productivity and competitiveness. Together with farmers, pest control advisers and industry representatives, they identify current and emerging agricultural opportunities and problems. The advisors collaborate with campus-based Cooperative Extension specialists and Agricultural Experiment Station scientists to research, adapt and field-test agricultural improvements or solutions and promote the use of research findings.
The UC Master Gardener Program
This program extends to the public research-based information about home horticulture and pest management. The program provides volunteer gardening enthusiasts with intense training by UC scientists in fruit and vegetable gardening, composting, diagnosing plant problems, integrated pest management and other topics. In exchange for the training and materials they receive, Master Gardener volunteers share their technical expertise with the community at workshops, plant clinics and by staffing telephone hotlines. Currently, 45 California counties have Master Gardener programs.
The Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisors
Advisors focus on nutrition, food safety, food preparation, food preservation and financial management. Collaborative partnerships with government and private agencies extend the reach of UC advisors. Workshops, public meetings, newsletters, the mass media and other communications tools bring information to the community.
The 4-H Youth Development Program
This program provides meaningful, learn-by-doing educational activities to children in 4-H clubs and to children participating in school enrichment and after-school programs. The 4-H program includes traditional offerings – such as cooking, animal husbandry and sewing – and an array of exciting new programs for today’s youth – including rocketry, computer science and leadership.