Monterey County - University of California Cooperative Extensionlast updated: November 2015

Monterey County is recognized as the Salad Bowl of the World. Its temperate climate, rich soils, and unparalleled infrastructure support system make this the ideal growing area for cool season vegetables, wine grapes, strawberries and flowers. The County is also the home of the packaged salad and pre-cut fresh vegetables, representing 90% market share of the fresh vegetable value added industry. Because the agriculture here is year round and highly labor intensive, Monterey County has the State’s highest agricultural payroll.

Cooperative Extension has been a part of this scene since 1918. Today the industry is served by Cooperative Extension advisors specializing in entomology, plant pathology, irrigation and water resources, weed management and vegetable crops, and viticulture. The Nutrition Educator focuses on preventing obesity in children and promoting healthy eating on any budget. The 4-H Youth Development program stresses citizenship, leadership, and life skills for its 800+ members.

Contact Monterey County - University of California Cooperative Extension

Contact Monterey County - University of California Cooperative Extension

Dr Maria de la Fuente Ph. D.
County Director Monterey - Farm & Master Gardener Advisor Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties
1432 Abbott Street
Salinas, California  93901
Phone: (831) 759-7350
Fax: (831) 758-3018


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  • Monterey County, California

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