CAHNR Extension Program : Bridging Communities Together

The UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) Extension is a cooperative initiative program focused on connecting and strengthening communities by utilizing resources and research done through land-grant universities. Vital information is brought to small business owners, agricultural producers, and families in neighboring communities that ultimately can improve the quality of life in these urban and rural areas.

This extension program seeks to tackle persistent issues in communities within Connecticut and beyond. To begin moving toward a sustainable future, we must address what is affecting our community’s quality of life while being mindful of practices that can harm the environment. CAHNRs strategic initiatives include:

  • Ensuring a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry and food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through anti-racist approaches
  • Advancing adaptation and resilience in a changing climate
  • Fostering sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces

In each initiative, programs are offered for youth and adults that tackle either one or more of these issues.

Program Highlights

Agriculture and Food: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, UConn 4-H (after-school program), Sustainable Food Systems Extension 

Program Enhancing Health: Family Economics and Resource Management Program, People Empowering People, Extension Disaster Education Network

Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Geospatial Technologies and Training, Natural Resources Conservation Academy, CT Sea Grant

Sustainable Landscapes: CT Invasive Plant Working Group, Plant Diagnostics Laboratory, Center for Land Use Education and Research

The extension offers in-person and online learning opportunities. There are multiple extension locations throughout Connecticut, as well as an office on the Storrs campus.

Click here for more information on how to start learning and connecting with the extension’s educational specialists.

By Samantha Valle
Samantha Valle