6th Annual Ventura County Farm Day: Family-Friendly Weekend of Farms & Food

On Saturday, November 3, more than 20 Ventura County farms will open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the 6th Annual Ventura County Farm Day.

Farm Day tour hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public can go to www.VenturaCountyFarmDay.com, select two, three or more farms to visit and then map out their day. Farm Day visitors create their own itinerary, travel at their own pace to experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Each farm is unique, but all feature a number of activities such as conducting educational tours and offering free produce samples.

Farm Day Kickoff BBQ: New this year, Farm Day will officially kickoff the night before, Friday, November 2, with a “Farm-to-Table” barbecue at Oxnard Historic Farm Park. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy live music by Mark David, farm-fresh food prepared by celebrated chef Tim Kilcoyne, locally produced craft cocktails, beers and wines, and kids’ activities. Barbecue tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for kids under 12.

Speaking at the BBQ will be the new Ventura County Ag Commissioner Edmund (Ed) Williams, a strong supporter of Ventura County Farm Day and the need for the public to understand the importance of agriculture. “The lineup of farm tours will give the public a wide view of many of the farming and ranching activities, and the families involved in producing the high quality agricultural products Ventura County is known for,” says Williams.

Participating farms, museums and farming operations include Reiter Affiliated Companies at Laguna Farms, Houweling’s Tomatoes and McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo, Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, Agromin (organics recycler), Deardorff Family Farms and Gill’s Onions in Oxnard 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.

“Ventura County has such a rich farming history,” says Mary Maranville, SEEAG’s founder and CEO. “Many of our farmers have been growing food for decades, passing the farming tradition from one generation to the next. Ventura County Farm Day is an opportunity for the public to get a behind the scenes peak at farming life and say thank you to those who keep our markets brimming with fresh produce. ”

For more information about Ventura County Farm Day, go to www.venturacountyfarmday.com or call 805-901-0213. Farm Day t-shirts, hats, glasses and mugs are available for purchase on the website.

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