Save the date: California Small Farm Conference March 7-10, 2015 San Diego
New Guide for Connecting Fairs and Farms
Tip #1: Bring in the bees!
Almost everyone in California enjoys county and district fairs, but most people attending California fairs don't know any local farmers or what crops are grown in their own county. Many fairs and California agricultural communities are trying new ways to connect fair attendees with local farms.
In 2013 and 2014, the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Division of Fairs and Expositions collaborated with the UC Small Farm Program and many local agricultural and community organizations. Together they organized 20' by 40' interactive, fun and educational exhibits at four different California District Fairs to teach fair-goers about local farms, crops and farmers' markets and to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, flowers and honey.
Project staff created a guide to specialty crop education and promotion at county fairs, based on the experience of the many farmers, educators, fair officials and community groups participating in that project. The guide is funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant, as part of the "Mobile Agriculture Education Exhibit" Project. ...read more
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