A Toast to Ventura Agriculture: A Conversation with Local Farmers

APA California Chapter, Central Coast Section


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?

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Sarah Nolan

Invited Speaker

Sarah Nolan has worked in both the sustainable agriculture and non-profit sectors for almost 10 years and is a founding member of two different small to mid-size farms in Southern California; one a worker-owner cooperative and the other, The Abundant Table’s not-for-profit educational farm. In her capacity as Director ... Read More

Jose Acantar

Invited Speaker

Jose grows a wide variety of vegetables and berries on two main plots tucked between the foothills and the 101 fwy in Carpinteria. He grew up farming with horses and cattle in the fields in Guanajuato, Mexico before becoming the foreman of famed Tutti Frutti Farms here on the Central ... Read More

Phil McGrath

Invited Speaker

My name is Phil McGrath and I am a fifth generation farmer from Oxnard. We are located 55 miles north of Los Angeles and 7 miles from the coast, which creates a Mediterranean type climate for growing year round. With this tremendous advantage, my goal to all my markets is ... Read More