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New Haven County Extension Center

305 Skiff Street
North Haven, CT 06473-4451
(203) 407-3161
Fax (203) 407-3176


Wilbur Cross Parkway Going South:
Take Exit 61, the second exit in the direction of New Haven. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Whitney Avenue. Travel on Whitney approximately one mile. When you come to a traffic light, turn left onto Skiff Street. The driveway to the Cooperative Extension Center is immediately on your right.

Wilbur Cross Parkway Going North:
Take Exit 61. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Whitney Avenue. Travel on Whitney approximately one mile. When you come to a traffic light, turn left onto Skiff Street. The drive way to the Cooperative Extension Center is immediately on your right.

From I-91 Going North: Take Exit 5, State Street. At the end of the ramp, continue straight on State Street. Travel approximately four miles. At the traffic light just past Montessi Motors on the left side of the street, turn left onto Skiff Street. Follow Skiff Street approximately two miles, crossing Hartford Turnpike and Ridge Road. The Cooperative Extension Center and the access to the parking lot will be on your left just before Whitney Avenue.

From I-91 Going South: Take Exit 10 onto the Route 10 connector. Go to the end of the connector and turn left onto Whitney Avenue. Travel on Whitney Avenue approximately two miles. When you come to a traffic light, turn left onto Skiff Street. The driveway to the Cooperative Extension Center is immediately on your right.

New Haven County Programs

Public Invited to Fall Open House, Thursday, Sept. 15

New Haven County Extension Center invites the public to a fall open house, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 305 Skiff St., North Haven.  The New Haven County Extension Resource Council, Inc. (NHCERC, Inc.), a volunteer organization supporting the educational outreach programs based in this center, is hosting the event.  Faculty, staff and volunteers will be available to discuss Extension outreach programs offered via this Extension Center.  Brief spotlight presentations will be made on "4-H STEM Activities to Do with Kids," "Your Garden in Fall," and "How We Sometimes Get Sick from the Food We Eat."  Educational displays and materials will also be on hand. At 5:45 p.m., there will be a very brief Annual NHCERC, Inc. meeting followed by The Extension Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.  The public is welcome to attend all or any portion of this event.  Light refreshments will be available. Call 203-407-3160 for more information.  RSVPs are appreciated.


Visit our Food Safety Website!

Home Food Preservation Workshops scheduled for July and August.  Visit this link for brochure and registration information:

Food and Food Safety

A healthy, wholesome and safe food supply is essential to the well-being of Connecticut citizens. Research based information about how food is produced, labeled and distributed can help consumers to make good food choices. Working with farmers, processors, retailers, community groups, and consumers, food safety education and training programs inform about food borne illness, safe food production, sanitation, and safe food handling. Contact Diane Hirsch at or 203-407-3163 for food and food safety education and information resources.

Managing Family Money and Other Resources

Making decisions about how to best use your family's resources, such as money, time, skills and knowledge, can be challenging. Our family economics and resource management program provides a variety of workshops: financial literacy for youth and adults, personal finance, sustainable living and balancing work and family. Training for and collaboration with professionals, staff, volunteers youth and community groups and organizations are an important emphasis. Contact Faye Griffiths-Smith at 203.407.3160 or

Expanded Food and Nutrition Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) is a UConn Extension outreach program for low income, limited resource families with children. EFNEP community educators are specially trained in nutrition education for low-income families and use the most up-to-date, science-based lessons. Participants gain the knowledge and skills they need to control and manage their food and nutrition practices in their homes or in small group settings in community agencies, schools or libraries. Some topics include healthy eating, basic food preparation, food safety, food shopping, and cooking skills, in addition to advocating family fitness through exercise. Visit UConn's EFNEP website at

Master Gardeners

Since 1978, the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program has provided training in horticultural and environmental science to adults, who then pass on their knowledge to Connecticut residents. These enthusiastic volunteers staff the Master Gardener offices in Extension centers and participate in community projects throughout the state. Among their many activities, Master Gardeners volunteer in school and community gardens, work with land trusts and parks, and give talks on gardening and related topics to community groups. The nine-month program begins in early January each year. There will be a Master Gardener class in New Haven County in 2016. The application for the 2016 course will be posted at in September 2015. For information, call Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Jude Hsiang at 203-407-3167 or email her at

Contacts: New Haven County Extension Center

Linda Castro AFRI 4-H STEM Youth 203-281-2961
Lorraine Downing Support Staff 203-407-3162
Toni Ellis EFNEP - Nutrition 203-407-3171
Faye Griffiths-Smith Family Economics 203-407-3160
Margaret Grillo 4-H STEM Youth 203-407-3158
Diane Wright Hirsch Foods & Food Safety 203-407-3163
Judith Hsiang Master Gardener 203-407-3167
Marlene Kennedy Support Staff 203-407-3161
Doris Little EFNEP - Nutrition 203-407-3172
Umekia Taylor EFNEP, 4-H FANs 203-407-3169
Zoraida Velazquez EFNEP - Nutrition 203-407-3170
Master Gardener Office Master Gardener Program 203-407-3168
UConn Extension
University of Connecticut,
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4036
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4036
Phone: 860-486-9228
Fax: 860-486-0264