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


Local Assistance Center-Thomas Fire

In response to the need, the County of Ventura, in coordination with state and federal partners has opened  Local Assistance Center (LAC) at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. Monday-Saturday: 9am to 7pm and Sunday: 9am to 4pm. Also, anyone needing assistance can go to the website and set up an appointment:


More information in featured article Ventura County Star

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)    

Strategic Plan


Ventura County Annual Report


Hansen News

  • Fall Education Programs in Full Swing

    Added September 18, 2017


  • Summer Camp Highlights Ways to be Sustainable

    Added June 26, 2017
    Quinn and Blythe Cammack, Loma Vista 4-H Club

    For the past five years, HAREC has offered the 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp for youth ages 9-12. Fun, hands-on activities teach youth how they can make a difference in conserving natural resources. The City of Ventura has collaborated with the HAREC...

  • REC Educators Gather at Hansen

    Added February 22, 2017
    Dr. Steven Worker delivers an Introduction to Science Education for youth

    Education Specialists representing state wide Research and Extension Centers System (RECS) sites gathered February 15-16 at Hansen. This second annual meeting was an opportunity to meet new staff, share best practices, and participate in professional...

  • Growing Edible Education—A Symposium of Best Practices

    Added October 19, 2016
    Chris Massa, VC Farm to School Operations Specialist introduces the new Salad Bar Farms at Balboa Middle School, Ventura. A prototypye for VUSD. This farm will source directly into the school cafeteria. First harvest yielded 30 pounds of produce

    October is National Farm to School Month! A time when schools, farms, communities and organizations across the county celebrate food education, school gardens and healthy locally sourced school lunches. The Ventura County Farm to School Collaborative...

  • HAREC Welcomes New Staff

    Added September 23, 2016
    Kate Beckman-4-H Education Specialist II

    We are happy to introduce two new staff members. Sergio Santiago, Agricultural Superintendent joined HAREC in July and Katelyn Beckmann, 4-H Community Education Specialist II came on board in September. Sergio grew up in Puerto Rico. He earned...


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