- Author: Chris M. Webb
Several years ago, our office provided local youth an opportunity to learn about agriculture in Ventura County. As they learned, they wrote articles to share what they learned with others. While some of the details have changed over time, for instance the order of our top crops, the core message remains accurate and just as important as ever.
Agriculture is an important part of our local economy and heritage. Many of our local issues and challenges are related to agriculture: open space, water quality & availability, land use, obesity, air quality and more. For citizens to make informed decisions, they need to have at minimum a basic understanding of our agricultural industry.
On an individual level, research has shown that many children, and even some adults, are not aware of the nutritional content of their food, were their food originates or the challenges faced by producers to get it to the store.
The Ventura County UCCE Field to Fridge newspaper supplement is a great place to start learning about local agriculture. It covers the following topics:
- Welcome – What is agriculture? – Do you have a garden?
- Where do we get our food?
- Nursery Plants & Cut Flowers
- Lemons & Oranges
- Raspberries – Peppers
- Community Service – MyPyramid – Credits
We have hard copies available in our office; please contact us in advance for large orders. It is also available for viewing online!