Ventura County Farm Day

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Stacy Mikkelson with SEEAG educators Laura O’Malley and Xochitl Coronado at the SEEAG Farm Fresh Van at Petty Ranch.

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All photos courtesy of SEEAG

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) hosted its annual Ventura County Farm Day on Saturday, Nov. 5. More than 15 farms, ranches and agricultural organizations invited the public in to experience a day of free activities and tours. This year was SEEAG’s 10th Farm Day, and the theme for 2022 was “Meet All the Hands That Feed You.”

Petty Ranch in Saticoy served as the Farm Day hub. Other participants included Reiter Affiliated Companies (berries), Driscoll’s (strawberries), Duda Farm Fresh Foods (row crops), Alpacas At Windy Hills (Alpaca fleece), Good Farms (strawberries), Oxnard Historic Farm Park, Prancer’s Farm (strawberries, tomatoes, avocados), Agromin (organic compost, mulch), The Abundant Table (nonprofit farm), Sow A Heart Farm (regenerative agriculture), McGrath Family Farm (organic farming) and SEEAG’s Farm Lab.

“Agriculture is Ventura County’s largest industry. Farm Day is the opportunity to see how fruits and vegetables are grown, harvested and then shipped to stores for sale,” says Mary Maranville, SEEAG founder and CEO.

Petty Ranch Manager Chris Sayer agreed, adding, “There are thousands of food-producing acres in Ventura County. The variety of what’s grown on our local lands is astounding — strawberries, celery, lemons, tomatoes, peppers and avocados are just a few. Farm Day is an opportunity to see the growing process up close.” 

For more information about Ventura County Farm Day, visit www.VenturaCountyFarmDay.com.

Kids enjoyed climbing the hay pyramid at Sow a Heart Farm.
Alex Cuevas (center, Duda Farm) with Chris and Steven Waldron of Plantel Nursery at Duda Farm.
Getting ready for a tractor ride at Duda Farm.
Visitors check out the live bee exhibit at the Hansen Agricultural Center at Faulkner Farm.
SEEAG Founder and CEO Mary Maranville with SEEAG Board Member Melinda Beardsley at the Farm Day Hub at Petty Ranch.