Cooperative Extension was established in Placer and Nevada Counties in 1917. Our mission is to help all segments of the community benefit from the scientific advances in our nation's land grant universities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Use the links above to learn more about the programs available through UCCE Placer Nevada.
Community Supported Agriculture Strengthens the Family
The Nutrition BEST Program, funded by First 5 Placer County, strived to improve the health of children ages 0-5 years and their families throughout Placer County through nutrition and garden education, building connections to where food comes from, and increasing access and exposure to local fruits and vegetables.
After receiving the CSA boxes for 11 weeks, the families completed a retrospective pre/post survey to determine any changes that occurred for those who participated in the program. Families who engaged in the CSA box program reported higher family routine behaviors, family healthy behaviors, individual attitudes about food and health, and resourcefulness . Overall, 98% of parents reported the CSA produce boxes were useful for their family. These promising findings encourage further pursuit of opportunities to connect families to local farms, produce, and farmer’s markets, as the effect of that connection can strengthen the family unit and improve both individual and family health.