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

  • 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...

  • HAREC hosts Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop

    Added July 20, 2015
    John Fisher, Life Lab Director of Programs at UC Santa Cruz engaged educators with simple hands-on activities.

    How can U. S. students receive a high-quality science education if states' standards are stuck in the 90's? Since that time and with better understanding of how students learn science and technology, education and science experts launched an all-out...

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