Help for Californians navigating life during the coronavirus crisis

Apr 6, 2020

Find UC ANR community resources for the coronavirus crisis here.

Theories abound as to what life will be like when we come out of our current predicament. And who can say?

However, the focus for many is simply on dealing with the immediate. What can I eat? How do I visit the supermarket safely? Can I drink the water? I want to get outdoors, but is it safe? Can I garden? If so, how? How can I provide my kids meaningful engagement? What resources are available for the agriculture industry? How do I cope?

In response to these pressing needs, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, like many other universities and extension organizations across the country, are moving quickly to get more information online. While I haven't seen the actual numbers, we know millions of students (both high school and university) are quickly transitioning to online classes.

In addition, millions are seeking information on topics from agriculture and food to gardening to nutrition to wellness. The activity behind the scenes is at times frantic. We at UC ANR already have large amounts of credible, practical “how to” information online, but we know we can provide more. Our 12 statewide programs and institutes (links below), along with our network of advisors and specialists, are moving quickly to enhance out virtual connections and getting more useful information online - videos, fact sheets, courses, etc. - to ensure our outreach continues. For example, the UC California Naturalist program already had its first virtual graduation. Advisors are providing virtual consultations to farmers and others. 

Do you need help navigating life during the coronavirus crisis? Explore our portal - - to find information on gardening, safe outdoor exploration, food access, water and food safety, nutrition, wellness and more. 

Learn about our statewide programs:


Agriculture Ag Issues Center 

California Institute of Water Resources 

UC Integrated Pest Management Program (how to manage pests) 

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program

UC Master Gardener Program 

Nutrition, food, water and wellness 

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program 

Nutrition Policy Institute

UC Master Food Preserver Program

Enjoying the outdoors

Informatics and Geographic Information Systems 

UC California Naturalist UC Integrated Pest Mangaement - understanding pests of our environment 

Engaging youth and adults UC 4-H

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By Mark Bell
Author - Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs