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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.

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  • Try it, You'll Like It!

    Added November 25, 2014
    Chrissy Malone, RD (right) Try It, You'll Like It! Chairperson and Susana Bruzzone-Miller, HAREC Education Outreach Coordinator

    As part of the School Wellness Policy, Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park offers a school-wide taste testing nutrition program called, Try It You'll Like It! The program is designed to introduce youth to a variety of fruits and vegetables and raise...

  • 4-H Sustainable You! Train-the-Trainer

    Added November 5, 2014
    Nature walk and scavenger hunt-appreciating

    Participants from near and far gathered at HAREC on November 1 for training on the 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp curriculum (grades 4-6) developed by Dr. Rosalyn Brain and colleagues from Utah State University. Educators from Kearney and Desert RECs,...

  • The New Crew

    Added October 24, 2014
    Learning about irrigation

    The 4-H Student Farm is off and running for the 2014-2015 school year. New and returning student farmers from Balboa Middle School have already laid irrigation tape and planted their new crops. Chris Massa, Food Corps member is back to lead the group in...

  • Sustainable You! Train-the Trainer at HAREC

    Added September 24, 2014
    Chris Massa teaches about food packaging

    The 4-H Youth Development Programs at HAREC will host another Sustainable You! Train-the-Trainer. Saturday, November 1st  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring your own lunch) Who should attend this hands-on training? REC educators, 4-H volunteers,...

  • Monarch Waystation at HAREC

    Added September 18, 2014
    Monarch Waystation new addition to Education Gardens

    Although the weather says summer, fall education outreach at HAREC is in full swing. Both 4-H Farm Field Trips and Classroom Outreach programs are full and the farm is once again filled with the sound of children. The big question is….. What is...

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