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.


Apprenticeship Opportunity

The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is now accepting applications to the 2020 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a six-month, residential, hands-on program focusing on practical training in organic gardening and small-scale farming, as well as increasing awareness of the dynamic connections between food and social systems.

The application deadline is August 15, 2019 for international applicants and September 30, 2019 for domestic applicants. The program begins April 13, 2020 and runs through October. There are more scholarship opportunities than ever thanks to the generous support of alumni and other donors. For more information, visit https://casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/apprenticeship-information/index.html.

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  • Farming the Climate

    Added April 30, 2019
    Alli Rowe, Community Education Specialist

    The term climate smart agriculture is a term from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that refers to the management of agricultural systems to develop resiliency to climate change with a nutrient rich top soil. Alli Rowe is a new...

  • Cooking with Herbs

    Added April 25, 2019
    Cooking with Herbs Class

    Cooking is one of my greatest joys. So, when Master Gardener lead, Susan Carter asked me to teach a Cooking with Herbs class for fellow gardeners last year, I jumped at the chance. I was even more thrilled to be invited back for a command performance. A...

  • CSU Channel Islands Seminar at HAREC

    Added April 19, 2019
    CSUCI students at HAREC

    A warm HAREC welcome to Dr. Tracylee Clarke and her Leadership Studies class from CSU Channel Islands. Dr. Clarke brought 22 students to see how leadership skills learned in class might be applied on a Research and Education Center. Throughout the visit,...

  • Spring Farming With Youth

    Added April 1, 2019
    Picking weeds and planting lettuce

    4-H Student Farm is an after-school program that has inspired students to engage in healthier eating habits and learn where their food comes from. The six week program also provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to acquaint themselves with...

  • Spring Intern at HAREC!

    Added March 19, 2019
    Joseph Nosrat

    A new intern joins the Education Team this spring. Meet Joseph Nosrat, Environmental Communications senior at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI). Joseph obtained an Associate Degree at Mt. San Antonio College. He was on course to become a civil engineer when...

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