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.
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is now accepting applications to the 2020 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a six-month, residential, hands-on program focusing on practical training in organic gardening and small-scale farming, as well as increasing awareness of the dynamic connections between food and social systems.
The application deadline is August 15, 2019 for international applicants and September 30, 2019 for domestic applicants. The program begins April 13, 2020 and runs through October. There are more scholarship opportunities than ever thanks to the generous support of alumni and other donors. For more information, visit https://casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/apprenticeship-information/index.html.
Ventura County Annual Report
Calendar of Events
Added June 24, 2019
UC HAREC began hosting 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp in 2014. Since then, the education staff has trained other UC Research and Extension Center (RECS) staff to deliver this curriculum created by Dr. Roslyn Brain of Utah State University. Similar...
Added April 30, 2019
The term climate smart agriculture is a term from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that refers to the management of agricultural systems to develop resiliency to climate change with a nutrient rich top soil. Alli Rowe is a new...
Added April 25, 2019
Cooking is one of my greatest joys. So, when Master Gardener lead, Susan Carter asked me to teach a Cooking with Herbs class for fellow gardeners last year, I jumped at the chance. I was even more thrilled to be invited back for a command performance. A...
Added April 19, 2019
A warm HAREC welcome to Dr. Tracylee Clarke and her Leadership Studies class from CSU Channel Islands. Dr. Clarke brought 22 students to see how leadership skills learned in class might be applied on a Research and Education Center. Throughout the visit,...
Added April 1, 2019
4-H Student Farm is an after-school program that has inspired students to engage in healthier eating habits and learn where their food comes from. The six week program also provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to acquaint themselves with...