Located on 200 acres in Orange County, UC ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC) and its mild winter climate are conducive to growing a wide range of crops. Additionally, the urban character of SCREC provides the opportunity for analysis of issues at the agriculture-urban interface.
The Center’s main building consists of a 70-seat conference room. This facility is available to UC researchers and the general public for extension events and activities. It has full audio-visual capabilities and high-speed internet access. Additionally, the Center maintains two outdoor demonstration landscape classrooms with seating for up to 40 people each, along with a covered demonstration area which will accommodate 20.
Greenhouse bench space is maintained for research in six on-site greenhouses, including a large glasshouse equipped with a computerized environment control system. Also available is a lathhouse for acclimation of most plant species and growing of tender stock. The Center also operates three demonstration landscapes for use by urban environment and water use research. Further, the Center maintains germplasms for several subtropical plants, including cherimoya and avocados. A CIMIS station, maintained by the California Department of Water Resources, is also on-site.
Staffing at South Coast REC consists of 8 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees engaged in administration, agricultural field and physical plant operation; two full-time UC Cooperative Extension Orange County staff and a variable number of general assistance and contracted seasonal labor. The UC Cooperative Extension – Orange County water quality and environmental horticulture advisor offices are located on site as well.
Research requests for land, labor and facilities are screened by a research advisory committee. For more information about conducting research at SCREC, visit http://www.ucanr.edu/recforms or call (949) 653-1810.