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.


Sustainable You! Summer Camp

Spend a half-day on the farm. Learn what it means to be sustainable through fun activities based around the five major themes: Air, Land, Energy, Water, and Food

Summer 2019
June 24-28
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

Registration coming soon!
For more information contact the office at 805-525-9293 ext. 206

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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  • Sustainable You! Summer Camp 2016

    Added June 21, 2016
    Energy journaling starts the day!

    Today's camp theme tackles Energy. Campers explore renewable and non-renewable energy sources and have fun with solar power. Day 3: Energy

  • Sustainable You! Summer Camp 2016

    Added June 21, 2016
    Land journal questions

    Today, campers study Land. The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste daily. Campers follow a piece of trash from curb-side to landfill and discuss reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibility we all share in caring for the earth. Day 2: Land  

  • Sustainable You! Summer Camp 2016

    Added June 20, 2016
    Journal questions for Day 1 Air gets us thinking!

    Summer is here and time for Sustainable You! Summer Camp at HAREC. Although the weather hit triple digits, 25 eager campers arrived ready to learn and participate in fun activities and games that demonstrate how they can conserve natural resources. This...

  • Meet Our New Summer Intern!

    Added June 1, 2016

    Shanti Sandosham is a Ventura born and Malaysian raised student at Ventura College. Since moving back to California in August of 2015, Shanti has completed her first year at Ventura College earning two scholarships, including an Edison STEM scholarship...

  • Rio Teachers Train for Summer Camp

    Added May 24, 2016
    Demonstration on building a worm-composting bin

    What does it mean to live sustainably? How do we protect our natural resources? Oxnard educators will help youth understand sustainability concepts this summer. Rio School District in Oxnard conducts a district-wide summer camp for their K-6th grade...

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