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Join us for Farm day!

Self-Guided Tours through local farms!

 The county's beautiful countryside is filled with experiences to fill your senses and connect you with friendly people and their agricultural roots. Nine of the top ten agriculture counties in the U.S. are in California. That means our farms provide the majority of the food for our country. We welcome you to learn about the farms in your backyard. You can explore everything from berry fields, to livestock ranches and wineries, all while having the option to shop for fresh and local products at many different farm locations.

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Farm tour locations 2019


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Allan Hancock College

(Santa Maria, CA)

Allan Hancock College's Agriculture Program provides a wide range of courses, designed for students preparing for, or advancing in careers in agricultural sciences. Tailored to prepare students for employment within the local agriculture industry, this program offers a variety of options for students seeking employment or transfer. 


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Babé Farms

(Santa Maria, CA)

We welcome guests to stop by our production office for a "Farmers Market" style set-up, displaying our brightest specialty vegetables. Staff will be on hand to share the Babé Farms story, discuss our farming operation, specialty vegetables and answer questions. 


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Bonipak Produce Company

(Santa Maria, CA)

Bonipak Produce is a multi-generational, family-owned agricultural company. For over 85 years, Bonipak continues to be a leader in the produce industry through sustainable farming practices and a dedication to quality. Bonipak grows, packs, cools and ships over 20 varieties of fresh produce across North America. 


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the last harvest - free film screening - 4 pm

(Edwards Cinemas, Santa Maria, CA)

Edwards Cinemas in Santa Maria will be showing a special screening of the award-winning film, The Last Harvest at the conclusion of Farm Day. Please join us in watching this insightful film as we continue to celebrate local agriculture! As seats are limited, registration will be required and can be made by clicking on the event page below.


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Engel & Gray and Harvest Blend Compost

(Santa Maria, CA)

See the equipment that is used to transform organic waste into beneficial compost products. We will have hands on demonstrations planting vegetable plants in compost amended soil. Up to a 1/2 yard of Harvest Blend Compost will be available for each family. Bring a bucket or a pickup and we will help you with your fall garden.


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Innovative Produce

(Santa Maria, CA)

Innovative Produce is a sixth generation fresh produce farming company that strives to lead the industry by continually evolving innovative practices and quality products to maximize the well-being of our customers, community and company. 


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Main Street Produce

(Santa Maria, CA)

Main Street Produce is a family owned business that handles a large variety of berries and vegetables that have been grown all across the Santa Maria Valley, cools them so they are ready to be transported, and ships them to retail outlets all over the United States, and in some cases, around the world. We invite you to join us for a tour through our cooling and shipping facility to learn more about how the fruits and vegetables you see being grown in this uniquely fertile valley are cooled and shipped in a way that allows the rest of the country to enjoy Santa Maria’s bountiful harvest!


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Plantel Nurseries

(Santa Maria, CA)

Plantel Nurseries has been in business for 30+ years growing vegetable transplants. The Telephone Road Nursery is dedicated to growing organic transplants.


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Primus Labs

(Santa Maria, CA)

Primus Group (PrimusLabs powered by Azzule Systems) serves the fresh produce and other food industries from small growers to large retailers by providing stellar customer support and an integrated approach to food safety, including laboratory testing, data management and analysis, training, counseling, and audit scheme development. Join us at the lab for a tour to learn about different aspects of food safety, and while you’re here, enjoy a hot dog, some Santa Maria Valley produce, along with kids’ games and giveaways!


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Rancho Laguna Farms

(Santa Maria, CA)

Rancho Laguna Farms is pleased to present our newest and most innovative farm of the future. A unique 14 acre ranch has been developed for soil-less berry farming. We are offering limited tours showcasing our substrate raspberries and table-top strawberries, grown for Driscoll’s.


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Reiter Affiliated Companies at Union Valley Ranch

(Santa Maria, CA)

Come learn about the genetics and research behind the berries we grow.  See and hear about how we grow traditional in-ground blueberries and blackberries and how sustainable farming practices are playing their part in the future of farming on our all organic ranch.


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Riverbench Vineyard

(Santa Maria, CA)

Vineyard Manager Jim Stollberg will be touring guests through the vineyard, describing viticultural operations, and answering questions. Walking tour will be outdoors and in soft dirt, so prepare accordingly.


 
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the patch

(Los Flores Ranch Park, Santa Maria, CA)

The Patch Santa Maria is a student experimental pumpkin patch located at Los Flores Ranch Park, that provides local high school students with the opportunity to gain hands-on agricultural experience. Stop by The Patch and experience an agricultural exhibit, one acre corn maze, 3 acres of pumpkins, farm animals, free crafts, and so much more - all produced by local high school students!


 
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tres Hermanas Vineyard & winery

(Santa Maria, CA)

Tres Hermanas will not only be sharing about their wine production processes, they will also be featuring their cattle, a integral part of their family’s rich ranching history.


Make sure to check back as more locations join farm day!