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.


Thelma Hansen Fund Call For Proposals

The Thelma Hansen Fund (THF) Competitive Grant Program is now inviting proposals for research, education and extension/outreach projects that benefit agriculture and natural resources in Ventura County. 

This call is open to UC and non-UC researchers, educators, federal, state, and local public agencies, non-profit organizations, consultants, resource conservation districts, commodity research boards, growers and other interested parties.

Proposal submission deadline is March 8, 2019
More information on the THF Competitive Grant Program

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Hansen News

  • Kitchen Scrap Gardening

    Added December 13, 2018
    Reading Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens reinforces that we eat all the parts of a plant

    Imagine turning kitchen leftovers into an indoor garden and at the same time reinforcing concepts of recycling and reusing. Kitchen Scrap Gardening does just that! HAREC is preparing for 2019 education season. This spring a new second grade classroom...

  • Summer Camp Highlights

    Added July 2, 2018

    HAREC education season ended June 29th with a memorable 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp for ages 9-12. The week long camp, now in its fifth year, is fun, interactive and focuses on the environment. Each day centers on a theme: air, land, food, energy,...

  • Meet Our New Ventura County 4-H Representative!

    Added April 27, 2018
    Valerie Zeko

    We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the education team. Valerie Zeko, Community Education Specialist II, will oversee the Ventura County 4-H Community Club program. Valerie studied at Cal State Fullerton where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts...

  • Census of Agriculture

    Added February 2, 2018

    The Census of Agriculture is the voice of our farming community. The census collects information on the nation's farms and ranches from small to large operations. But time is off the essence--the deadline is February 5. Producers should visit...

  • Fall Education Programs in Full Swing

    Added September 18, 2017


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