The Hartford County office is located in Farmington. Several of our programs have offices in Farmington, including 4-H, the Master Gardener Program, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Soil test kits are available at the Hartford County office. The following statewide programs have offices in Hartford County: forestry, pesticide safety education, and sustainable landscapes.
Faculty and Staff
Frances Pacyna Champagne
Frances Pacyna Champagne
Frances assists Extension Educators with various projects and needs, including those of UConn 4-H and UConn Master Gardener. She is an alumna of UConn's College of Agriculture, Health, & Natural Resources as well as a former 4-H member and is pleased to be serving her alma mater professionally.
Co-Center Coordinator & 4-H Youth Development Assistant Extension Educator - UConn4-H
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Nutrition Education & Associate Extension Educator - UConnEFNEP
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Sharon supervises the EFENP Program and does food and nutrition programming in the Hartford County Extension office. She oversees a number of Community Nutrition and 4-H Grants. She also handles food and nutrition questions from the public.
Social Dimensions of Forest Resources & Coordinator- UConn EDEN
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Bob Ricard is Senior Extension Educator with the Department of Extension and teaches in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He came to the University of Connecticut in 1991.
Bob is responsible for helping Connecticut cities and towns with better managing public trees and forests focusing mostly on municipal tree wardens and community forestry volunteers. He also assists educators and researchers conduct social science research design and methods. He conducts the Tree Warden School and assists the Tree Wardens Association of Connecticut, Inc., which he formed in 1992. He is co-author, with Glenn Dreyer, of Greening Connecticut Cities and Towns: Managing Public Trees and Community Forests. Bob holds a Ph.D. in public policy with other degrees in forest resources. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.
Dr. Ricard has also been recently appointed as the Coordinator for the UConn EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network). Bob has a background in emergency medical response as well as instruction. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Whitewater Rescuer. He holds certifications as an American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor, AHA BLS Healthcare Providers, American Red Cross (ARC) CPR/AED Instructor, and ARC BLS for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers. He is affiliated with the Amherst (MA) C.E.R.T and with the Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team.