Ventura County farms, ranches, nurseries and other agricultural operations, from organic to conventional, row crops to orchards, will open their doors to the public during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. On Saturday, November 9, visitors will experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Farm Day is free and for all ages.
Farm Day tour hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Every stop is unique, but all farms feature a number of activities such as educational tours and free produce samplings.
Participating ag operations include Reiter Affiliated Companies at Laguna Farms, Houweling’s Tomatoes in Camarillo, Agromin (organics recycler), Gill’s Onions in Oxnard, Limoneira Company in Santa Paula and Petty Ranch in Saticoy.
Ventura County Farm Day is organized by the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). SEEAG’s mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food and benefits of proper nutrition through classroom agricultural education and free farm field trips.
Farm Day Kickoff BBQ: Farm Day officially kicks off Thursday, November 7 with a pig roast at Topa Mountain Winery in Ojai. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the public (ages 21 and over) can enjoy live music, farm-fresh food including locally grown produce, craft cocktails, beers and wines. Barbecue tickets are $95 per person (early entry VIP tickets are $150 each).
Ventura County Farm Day sponsors include Ventura County Coast, Farm Credit West, Brokaw Nursery, Al Lowe Construction and Ventura County Agricultural Association.
For more Farm Day information, a list of participating farms and barbecue ticket information, visit venturacountyfarmday.com or call 805-901-0213.