A Toast to Ventura Agriculture: A Conversation with Local Farmers
Monday, September 5, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:30 p.m. PDT
Ventura, CA, United States
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Join community members and the Ventura Food Co-op for a night of discussion: “A Toast to Agriculture: Conversation with Local Farmers,” Connect with local farmers to discuss the business of cultivating the land and producing food for the community. Currently, the number of farmers in the country is decreasing while the demand for fresh, local, organic produce and consumables is on the rise. As a community network of sustainable food producers and conscious consumers builds, there is hope for a more connected future where the local community supports and sustains itself and its members as much as possible.
Agriculture contributes $2 billion to the Ventura County economy, but how much of that produce is consumed locally? Most of that food will travel 1,500 miles before it is eaten. That is a heavy carbon footprint! Sarah Nolan from Abundant Table, Phil McGrath from McGrath Family Farms, and Jose Alcantar from Alcantar Organics sit down with us to give us a glimpse into the life of a farmer. What are their farming practices? What challenges do they face? How is agriculture changing in Ventura County? How can consumers support local farmers?