The UC Berkeley campus also serves as a key node in a larger, statewide network of UC Cooperative Extension Services managed by the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For over a hundred years, the University of California has attempted to serve as a link between researchers, farmers, and communities to disseminate promising research and agricultural practices and to promote access to healthy foods.
UC Berkeley opened its first research farm in 1907 and quickly spearheaded partnerships with county governments across the state. The network has grown to include 57 county offices and 9 research and extension centers. Most county offices offer services that go beyond helping to increase the adoption of agricultural practices. Often, they offer a combination of research support, technical assistance, 4-H youth development programming, and nutrition services to their communities.
We hope the map will complement current and future efforts to trace the impact that UC Cooperative Extension Services has on agriculture, nutrition, and youth development in California.