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
Open September 1
Added January 22, 2016
Added January 20, 2016
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...
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,...
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...
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...