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5th Anniversary of Ventura County Farm Day

Join SEEAG for Farm Day! An annual multi-location event featuring tours and activities on over 20 working farms in Ventura County.

How to make the most of your Farm Day adventure:

  • Plan your day from 10 am – 3 pm
  • Download and print the Farm Day Map and bring it with you to help plan your trip
  • Pick two or more farms from the list below
  • Bring the whole family – It’s free


Good Food Showcase

Please save the date for CHIP’s 5th Annual Good Food Showcase, an event for institutions, restaurants, community organizations, and other entities to develop business relationships and network with local growers, produce distributors, and good food vendors.   This is the regional event of the year for exploring the bounty of our county and connecting with the local good food movement!

Click here to read about last year’s showcase.

6th Annual Central Coast Calfresh Forum

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County will host the Annual Calfresh Forum on Friday, May 12th, 2017 from 8am to 2pm at the Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, Watsonville.  Join Hunger fighters from the Central Coast, special guest speakers, and more.  A light breakfast and a special lunch will be served.  Admission is free.  Please register by May 5th.

Hunger Action Summit 2017

Join Second Harvest Food Bank at the Hunger Action Summit on March 14, 2017 at Santa Clara University. The summit will bring together engaged community leaders and hunger advocates to discuss the intersections of hunger and other community issues including education, health, and housing. You will also learn more about the face of hunger in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Together, we are building a stronger, more prosperous community, where everyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.

2017 North Coast Farmers Convergence

North Coast Opportunities (NCO), the Community Action Agency for Lake and Mendocino Counties, is bringing together food producers from Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Sonoma, and Napa counties, along with food and farming support organizations, for the Fifth-Annual North Coast Farmers Convergence on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Food producers, local retailers, local food advocates, and farmer support organizations from across the region will come together at Ridgewood Ranch, just south of Willits, for a lively, educational day of networking, sharing skills and ideas, and celebrating the growth of resilient local food systems.

The Convergence is an opportunity for the widespread farming community to gather to learn and connect while honoring the profession of farming. Farmers, ranchers, dairy producers, seed growers, beekeepers, grain growers, vendors, buyers, retailers, and food producer supporters from organizations like California FarmLink, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, The Farmers Guild, The Farm Bureau, the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Grange Farm School of Adaptive Agriculture will join arms to build a network of support while sharing best practices.

Keynote speaker Michael Foley, a Mendocino County farmer dedicated to helping young farmers find access to land and education and a founder of the Grange Farm School of Adaptive Agriculture near Willits, will facilitate a panel discussion of area farmers talking about why they chose their particular niche and how it is working for them.

There also will be break-out roundtable discussion on a wide range of topics including on-farm composting, the impact of Proposition 64, marketing your farm, seed saving, land access and transitions, and more. While registering for the event, there also is an opportunity to suggest other roundtable topics that you want to see discussed.

Event participants also will enjoy a farm to fork breakfast and lunch featuring local ingredients.  There will be an after-convergence mixer, open only to farmers and wholesale food buyers, where food producers and buyers  can make market connections and establish sales relationships over glasses of locally-sourced beer, wine, and other beverages. Snacks also will be provided at the mixer from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.