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)    

Strategic Plan


Calendar of Events

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Hansen News

  • Agriculture Careers Fair Coming Soon!

    Added January 22, 2016
    Ag Career Fair 2016

  • New High School Intern at HAREC

    Added January 20, 2016
    Karina Lopez, 2016 Santa Paula High School YFC Intern

    The New Year begins with a new High School Intern program at HAREC. The purpose is threefold: give students real life experience working in a REC or agricultural setting, engage in hands-on research or outreach projects, and ignite a spark leading to...

  • Rose Hayden-Smith and Chris Massa Named as People to Watch in 2016

    Added December 16, 2015

    Edible Ojai & Ventura County, a countywide magazine that aims to cover the latest in the food, beverage and agriculture movement, highlights two people near and dear to HAREC. The Winter publication features Rose Hayden-Smith,...

  • Student Farmers Showcase What They Learned

    Added November 30, 2015

    Fall Student Farm came to a close last week with a celebration. Student farmers taught parents and siblings how to lay irrigation tape and plant kale seeds. Some shared excerpts from their farm journals. To the delight of Ashley Parrish Decker, Food...

  • Briggs School 8th Graders Cap off Food System Study Unit at HAREC

    Added November 23, 2015
    Dara Stork, Language Arts teacher, Briggs School, Santa Paula

    What is healthy food? Where does the food I eat come from? How is the planet affected by the fast food industry? What strategies do food companies use to encourage me to buy their food products? Dara Stork, Language Arts teacher at Briggs School in Santa...

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