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

  • 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...

  • Be a Scientist at the Ventura County Fair

    Added August 10, 2015
    Education Team, Susana Bruzzone-Miller and Valerie Grant

    Kid's Day at the Ventura County Fair is an opportunity to take activities on the road, promote programs, and show youth….and adults, that being a scientist is fun! The HAREC Education Team hit the ground running with composting worms and...

  • Spreading the Word…Upcoming Life Lab Workshops

    Added August 5, 2015
    John Fisher, Life Lab Director of Programs at UC Santa Cruz

    Announcing Life Lab's School Garden Workshops: Fall 2015 In Life Lab's amazing Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz campus, professional trainers bring inspiration and information to educators interested in bringing learning to life in the...

  • 4-H All Stars Provide a Moment of Inspiration

    Added August 4, 2015
    Supervisor Kathy Long, Chair of Board of Supervisors Ventura County introduces 4-H All Stars

    Today, Hannah Hassein and Francesca Cerri, Ventura County 4-H All-Stars, were invited by Supervisor Kathy Long, District 3, to provide the opening Moment of Inspiration, at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Meeting. The meeting was held at the...

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