The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) enhances the quality of life and the environmental and economic well-being of the citizens of California through research and education. Cooperative Extension farm, natural resources, 4-H, and nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisors extend knowledge and provide county research in more than 50 county offices in California.
For over a century, the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) has improved the natural resources of Santa Cruz County by providing knowledge based on sound science in various fields. The programs offered by UCCE encompass a wide range of areas, including agriculture, irrigation and water management, organic agriculture, youth development, and climate change.
UCCE’s operational objectives for Fiscal Year 2023-24 reflect their commitment to provide education and support to reduce irrigation water usage, to increase the participation from youth and adult volunteers, to make better disease management decisions, and to investigate potential biological fungicides and alternatives to current replant soil diseases. The department's dedication to continuous improvement is evident in its participation in various programs and collaborations with experts in the field.