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Cooperative Extension is both a County of Humboldt and Del Norte Department that is in partnership with the University of California. In Eureka and Crescent City there is a local staff of scientists and educators who create, develop, and extend knowledge on agricultural and natural resource management, youth development, nutrition and community health, and more. The Cooperative Extension network has a wide variety of online resources to assist families with activities to do at home. Explore the links below to find practical and credible information, plus things to do.
The Humboldt/Del Norte Cooperative Extension website (http://ce.humboldt.ucanr.edu) has a great collection of resources on growing food (http://cehumboldt.ucanr.edu/Programs/Plant_Science/Agriculture_Links/) in a garden (https://ucanr.edu/sites/hdnmastergardeners/) along with preserving food (http://cehumboldt.ucanr.edu/Programs/Master_Food_Preserver_and_Master_Gardener_Program/) via canner, food drier, or fermentation. In addition to these resources, there are certified volunteers who can help answer your questions via email.
Have you noticed that there is a national and local interest in raising backyard chickens? Chickens are wonderful source of entertainment and food. If you need some guidance on chicken care, health, and coop designs visit the University of California site on raising chickens (https://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/Resources/type/backyard/.)
Are you looking for activities and curricula to help your children? The UC youth development program known as 4-H has been converting their educational programs for free online use. These well-tested and helpful resources (http://cehumboldt.ucanr.edu/Programs/4-H_Program_270/Online_Learning_Participation/Project_Curriculum/) can support any family with finding enriching activities to do at home and in your back yard.
During this time, the Cooperative Extension team is working differently, but we are still here to help Californian’s improve their lives and businesses. Our educational programs are being retooled for online delivery including our core programming with 4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers, and workshops such that support critical industries and California’s fire challenges. Additionally, Cooperative Extension has an extensive collection of resource books available for purchase at https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/. For more information, please give us a call at (707) 445-7351.