Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center


Nestled in the fertile Santa Clara Valley a few miles from the ocean, the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) conducts leading-edge applied research to support the rich and diverse agricultural and natural resources of Ventura County. The Center supports a broad array of county-wide events including technical training for growers, as well as educational activities for youth, family and the community. The Center works collaboratively with UC Cooperative Extension-Ventura County advisors and programs.

Opportunities for Research and Extension at HAREC (pdf)

Center Highlights 2014 (pdf)

Did you Know? (pdf)

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Hansen News

  • Student Farmers Showcase What They Learned

    Added November 30, 2015

    Fall Student Farm came to a close last week with a celebration. Student farmers taught parents and siblings how to lay irrigation tape and plant kale seeds. Some shared excerpts from their farm journals. To the delight of Ashley Parrish Decker, Food...

  • Briggs School 8th Graders Cap off Food System Study Unit at HAREC

    Added November 23, 2015
    Dara Stork, Language Arts teacher, Briggs School, Santa Paula

    What is healthy food? Where does the food I eat come from? How is the planet affected by the fast food industry? What strategies do food companies use to encourage me to buy their food products? Dara Stork, Language Arts teacher at Briggs School in Santa...

  • Fall Education Update

    Added November 3, 2015
    Master Gardener (MG) Elaine Pepe-Williams prepares Plant-a-Seed Center

    Fall education outreach season: 4-H Farm Field Trips and Classroom Outreach at HAREC, ended last week with three days and over 1000 thrilled Kindergarten students enjoying a pumpkin themed morning on the farm. This season, the education team reached...

  • Farm Day-2015

    Added September 28, 2015
    Community service table. 4-H youth participate in a card making table for service men and women.

    On Saturday, September 26th, HAREC participated in the 3rd annual Ventura County Farm Day presented by SEEAG a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with environmental and agricultural education. Over 20 farms county-wide opened their doors...

  • HAREC Has a New YouTube Channel

    Added August 26, 2015

    HAREC created a new YouTube channel to showcase what is happening at the Center including research highlights, 4-H events and other programming. The City of Ventura recently featured City and HAREC staff during the June Sustainable You! Summer Camp, in...

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