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UC Cooperative Extension Then and Now

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In Cooperation for 100 years
In September 1920, Marrett Burridge (M.B.) Boissevain came to Marin as it first Cooperative Extension Service Farm Advisor. This started the partnership between the University of California, California’s land-grant university, and the County of Marin. As a community member and local resource, M.B. served in this role through 1950. As he explained in his first annual report, his “line of work” was to establish programs that would “affect the greatest number… and …greatest good.” Famous for visiting Marin’s farms in his Ford Model T, he developed and shared innovations with its farmers countywide.

M.B. Boissevain sitting on the sideboard of the Extension Service Ford Model T
M.B. Boissevain sitting on the sideboard of the Extension Service Ford Model T


Today, 100 years later, the UC Cooperative Extension Marin partnership continues. Our staff and academics are working closely with local partnerships in Marin to accomplish the same community benefit Boissevain expressed a century ago. This centennial is an opportunity to celebrate the pleasure and privilege it is to serve Marin. Please join me and our team in reading these stories about our past and present programs and outcomes. These “Then and Now” stories will come to you over the next several weeks. We welcome hearing your thoughts and reactions and we thank you for the continued opportunity to collaborate and serve.

UC Cooperative Extension Marin Team
UC Cooperative Extension Marin Team

Poultry Production
Marin and the North Bay area was a leader in poultry production during the 1920s. The Egg and Butter festival is a carry-over from that period and the area prominence. With advances in transportation and economies of scale advantages, poultry production in other parts of California and the nation out competed Marin.

Tomales Union High School Agricultural Tours, March 1929
Tomales Union High School Agricultural Tours, March 1929


Poultry production has grown in the last 20 years in Marin to nearly 15% of the total annual crop value. We are providing training and landuse policy support for Marin’s producers that are raising pastured based layers and broilers. These farmers are selling direct to their customers on-farm and in farmers markets. Learn more about on-farm poultry processing online.

On-farm Poultry Processing Workshop, August, 2017
On-farm Poultry Processing Workshop, August, 2017