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.
HAREC Research Projects & THF Grant Program
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Added November 23, 2015
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...
Added November 3, 2015
Fall education outreach season: 4-H Farm Field Trips and Classroom Outreach at HAREC, ended last week with three days and over 1000 thrilled Kindergarten students enjoying a pumpkin themed morning on the farm. This season, the education team reached...
Added September 28, 2015
On Saturday, September 26th, HAREC participated in the 3rd annual Ventura County Farm Day presented by SEEAG a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with environmental and agricultural education. Over 20 farms county-wide opened their doors...
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...
Added August 10, 2015
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...