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A chance for families to see the farms where their food comes from returns to Ventura County

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Caroline Feraday
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KCLU
Ventura County Farm Day takes place Saturday

Ventura County Farm Day takes place on Saturday.

From berries to avocados and even alpaca fleece, Ventura County Farm Day is a chance for children and their families to "meet the hands that feed us".

"364 days of the year we are going about business as usual, but Ventura County Farm Day is the one day we get to open our doors," said Chris Sayer, who runs Petty Ranch Farm in Somis — one of more than 15 Ventura County farms opening up to the public for a day of free agricultural activities.

Farm Day organizer Mary Maranville says the free event is an opportunity for young people to get an up close experience with agricultural activities.

"Everybody knows Driscoll's Berries but they've never had a chance to see where the berries are grown or how the berries are grown, which is pretty important," said Maranville.

Maranville, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), which puts on Ventura County Farm Day each year, said, "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."

"You’ll come away with an appreciation of the hard work that goes into growing each piece of produce,” Maranville added.

Visitors can map out their day by selecting locations from the Farm Day Trail Map at https://venturacountyfarmday.com/map. Each site offers tours and produce and other giveaways. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some locations require reservations.

Participating in Farm Day include 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 (antique farm equipment, vegetable crops, talks about the agricultural heritage of the Oxnard Plains), 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), SEEAG’s Farm Lab (hands-on farm-related kids activities) and Petty Ranch (also the Farm Day hub).

The Ventura County Farm Day Trail Map list of participating locations is updated daily.

Ventura County Farm day takes place on Saturday, November 5.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.