Know Your Farmer... Know Your Food
Thanks to everyone who supported the 2019 tours. We had another record year with over 2000 people attending. A huge thank you to this years participating farming community who have opened their doors and hearts in the midst of these challenging times to continue advocating for sustainable agriculture. We have four venues to tour this year, Thomas Farm, Luz Del Valle Farm, and Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden... and welcome to first time participating farm, GroundSwell Farm in Santa Cruz! This is our first year of charging a minimal attendance fee with all proceeds going directly to the farms. Tour fees for adults vary per farm with children age12 and under free. For the safety of the farms and the public, all farm visits require online pre-registration with social distancing guidelines followed. We look forward to people getting outdoors and learning about our local farming community!
In addition to the tours, we are collaborating with Healthy Soils for an online "Plasticulture" webinar about the use of plastics in agriculture. Join the discussion with our panel of five industry professionals on Oct. 3rd from 2-3:30pm. This online event is FREE to attend and you can register by clicking the Events tab in the menu bar.
Safety First with Online Registration
The safety of the public is our top priority in the current Covid 19 pandemic. All activities will require online pre-registration this year in order to provide safety measures. Farms will be open for small group outdoor tours where people are socially distanced and required to wear masks. Hand sanitizer and other sanitary measures will be implemented. Please note that due to Covid19 regulations, no public restrooms will be provided this year so please plan ahead of your visit. You can register by clicking on the FARM tab in the menu bar.
The way we live greatly affects our environment and the sustainability of our actions significantly impacts the future of humanity. This year's Open Farm Tours is focused on transformations in our food systems. From the planting of seeds to meat production to healthy soils, to how we package our food, to distribution & waste management, it's all an interconnected web that encompasses many facets.
Organizing systems at the regional level develops symbiotic relationships relevant to the populations that they serve. From day one, Open Farm Tours has been about developing a sustainable regional food system that values relational wealth.
Connecting Food, Farms & Families