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


Ventura County Annual Report


Hansen News

  • 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


  • Summer Camp Highlights Ways to be Sustainable

    Added June 26, 2017
    Quinn and Blythe Cammack, Loma Vista 4-H Club

    For the past five years, HAREC has offered the 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp for youth ages 9-12. Fun, hands-on activities teach youth how they can make a difference in conserving natural resources. The City of Ventura has collaborated with the HAREC...

  • REC Educators Gather at Hansen

    Added February 22, 2017
    Dr. Steven Worker delivers an Introduction to Science Education for youth

    Education Specialists representing state wide Research and Extension Centers System (RECS) sites gathered February 15-16 at Hansen. This second annual meeting was an opportunity to meet new staff, share best practices, and participate in professional...

  • Growing Edible Education—A Symposium of Best Practices

    Added October 19, 2016
    Chris Massa, VC Farm to School Operations Specialist introduces the new Salad Bar Farms at Balboa Middle School, Ventura. A prototypye for VUSD. This farm will source directly into the school cafeteria. First harvest yielded 30 pounds of produce

    October is National Farm to School Month! A time when schools, farms, communities and organizations across the county celebrate food education, school gardens and healthy locally sourced school lunches. The Ventura County Farm to School Collaborative...

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