About Open Farms Tours
Welcome to 2023 Open Farm Tours, where spending time outside with our farming community is always a great day! We have 12 farms participating in this years tours. Our returning farms are Prevedelli Farm, Terra Sole Nursery, Esperanza Community Farms, Live Earth Farm, Thomas Farm, Fruitilicious Farm, Pajaro Pastures Ranch and Dos Aguilas olive grove. There are three new farms this year, Beeline Blooms, Sea to Sky Farm, and ALBA, (Agriculture & Land Based Training Association).
All the farms on our tour implement sustainable agriculture practices and grow organically. We're fortunate to live in a region that has so many farms that grow high quality produce. Farming has the most variables of any profession. Sustainable agriculture and building relational wealth is at the core of what Open Farm Tours is about. The reality of the Covid virus and climate change has greatly intensified the inadequacies of our industrial food system and the affects it has on our health & ecosystems. This years focus is on a broader spectrum of how the relationships we develop with our regional food systems can transition agriculture towards a sustainable future. Organically grown food and healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy planet.
Farms, Food & Families
Open Farm Tours is honored to partner together with CAFF, (Community Alliance with Family Farmers), towards building healthy regional food systems centered around family farms & community. CAFF is at the forefront of advocating for family farms and sustainable agriculture in the state of California. Many farms experienced severe flooding & hardship this past Winter. All donations made thru Eventbrite will go to the CAFF fund for small farm disaster relief in Santa Cruz County. Please donate if you can to help these farms get back to growing.
Celebrating our 10 year Anniversary!
Artist Juan Fuentes has created the graphic for this years tours in celebration of the vast agri-cultural diversity of our region. Juan grew up in the Watsonville area where his whole family farmed the land. Juan has dedicated his art as a cultural activist to supporting and being part of a global movement for social change. His silkscreen posters and relief prints have addressed many issues as they relate to communities of color, social justice, racism, and international struggles for liberation. "My goal has always been to portray our people in a very positive, beautiful and dignified manner in contrast to the continual negative portrayal of us in the media". Juans print is available for sale through the Tickets link in Eventbrite.