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9th Annual Ventura County Farm Day – Meet The Hands That Feed You
Ventura County Farm Day is back with free, in-person, open farm tours on Saturday, November 6.
Visitors can use a new online Farm Day Trail Map to build a custom itinerary to travel between growers throughout Ventura County at their own pace. The public will experience a day of agricultural activities, farm tours and produce and other giveaways, plus meet the local farmers who grow the food we eat.
"We sometimes take for granted how many workers are involved in the process of producing the foods we see in the store. The public will follow the growing journey--from prepping the soil, planting, caring for, harvesting and packaging--to finally shipping the food to market," says Mary Maranville, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG (http://www.seeag.org/))
Over 15 agricultural entities will participate including Reiter Affiliated Companies (berries), Alpacas At Windy Hills (Alpaca fleece), Blue Ridge Honey (raw honey), Earthtrine Farms (oranges, greens, figs and basil), Good Farms Making a Difference (strawberries)
At Blue Ridge Honey in Ventura, visitors will be able to view an observation hive with live bees, learn about product bottling and sample fresh honey. Always a Farm Day favorite is McGrath Family Farm off the 101 Freeway in Camarillo. It hosts a collective of five small farms. One is Baby Root Farm. On 20 acres, it grows such items as radishes, turnips, blueberries and California native plants.
Ventura County Farm Day sponsors include Bobalu Berry Farms, Farm Credit West, Reiter Affiliated Companies and Ventura County Agricultural Association.
SEEAG's mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food through classroom agricultural and nutrition education and free farm field trips. "While our primary focus with SEEAG is to educate children," says Maranville, "Ventura County Farm Day gives all ages the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the farms throughout the area."
For more information about Ventura County Farm Day and a list of participating farms, visit www.VenturaCountyFarmDay.com or call 805-901-0213.