2nd Annual Santa Barbara County Farm Day
The 2nd Annual Santa Barbara County Farm Day will take place Saturday, September 19, in the Santa Maria Valley. On Farm Day, the public will have the opportunity to visit farms, ranches, wineries and nurseries to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours as well as meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Farm Day is free to attend.
Farm Day visitors travel at their own pace as they drive themselves to the farms they select. Each location is unique, but all feature a number of activities such as educational tours and free produce sampling.
Participating farms are Babé Farms, Bonipak Produce Company, Innovative Produce, Driscoll's, Engel & Gray, Inc., L&G Chavez Family Farms, Main Street Produce, Plantel Nurseries, Primus Labs, Rancho Laguna Farms, Reiter Affiliated Companies/Union Valley Ranch, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery and Tres Hermanas Vineyard & Winery. More will be added as the event draws closer.
Santa Barbara 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 through classroom agricultural and nutrition education and free farm field trips.
"Our first Santa Barbara County Farm Day was a huge success," says Mary Maranville, SEEAG founder and CEO. "Visitors were able to enjoy a day in the valley's beautiful agricultural lands. Farmers loved the opportunity to tell the public about all that goes into growing, packing and shipping their products to market."
Sponsors include Reiter Affiliated Companies, Driscoll’s and Plantel Nurseries. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and listed at www.santabarbaracountyfarmday.com/supportfarmday. The sponsorship deadline is May 1, 2020 to receive full sponsorship benefits.
Prior to Farm Day, SEEAG will be hosting the Farm Day kick-off culinary and wine fundraising event at Presqu’ile Winery on August 2 in Santa Maria. The event will highlight the flavors of Santa Barbara County through the culinary creations of five local chefs who will use local ingredients supplied by participating Farm Day locations.”
For information, visit www.SantaBarbaraCountyFarmDay.com or call 805-901-0213.
Founded in 2008, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) is a nonprofit organization that aims to help young students understand the origins of their food by bridging the gap between agriculture and consumption through its agricultural education programming. SEEAG’s “The Farm Lab” program based in Ventura County teaches schoolchildren about the origins of their food and the importance of local farmland by providing schools with classroom agricultural education and free field trips to farms. Through this and other SEEAG programs, over 25,000 elementary school students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey. For more information, visit www.seeag.org or email Mary Maranville at [email protected]