What is BAREC?

View West of BAREC

This open space in the city of Santa Clara, adjacent to San Jose, is considered the State's leader in rural/urban issues: health, the environment, sustainability, recycling, and pollution prevention. The land and its buildings are in line for being listed in the National Historic Registry.

“It’s [BAREC] a marvelous facility that is supporting research on turf grass, landscape plants, cut flowers, high value horticultural crops, composting, bio-intensive pest management, alternatives to methyl bromide and other high visibility topics. It’s also a very unique property for studying ag-urban interface issues. These interface issues will only grow in importance in the coming years.”
Steven Nation, Assistant to the University of California President of Agriculture and Natural Resources (before the Center was closed).

"BAREC is so important to the City and region that it should be placed on the National Historical Registry.”
Lori Garcia, Santa Clara City Historian and Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Historical Commission and Chairman of the Santa Clara Planning Commission.

A five minute PowerPoint presentation by Joseph Garbarino, a West Valley student, to the Parks Management Department, West Valley College in Saratoga, CA, May 20, 2004: A Simple Way to Be Introduced to BAREC (780KB).  Use this as a simple way to communicate the value and need to preserve BAREC's heritage.

A more detailed presentation can be found here, entitled: Save UC Agriculture/ Horticulture Research Center (BAREC) (2MB).

See many pictures of BAREC:
Photos (property in use) -- Page 1
Photos (property in use) -- Page 2

See 1997 pictures of BAREC in action
See February 2004 photos
See May 2004 photos

Visit www.NotCaserta.org for Caserta info.

Visit www.NorthOfForest.org for information about the North of Forest neighborhood.

For comments or questions, please email us at: info@savebarec.org.