Connecting Specialty Crops, Agritourism & Fairs
The University of California ANR Small Farm Program and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Division of Fairs and Expositions are teaming up to connect fruit, vegetable, nut, and flower farmers with county and regional fairs to celebrate California specialty crops. Together they are organizing workshops and tours for farmers and agricultural leaders at seven different fairs throughout the state, to be held during fair time in the 2012 fair season.
Each workshop features presentations by fair professionals operating innovative agricultural programs. There are talks by farmers and agritourism operators currently involved with local fairs or discussing plans and ideas for cooperative projects and cross-promotion with local fairs or better use of fairground facilities by the agricultural community. Each workshop also includes interactive discussions on potential collaborations between specialty crop growers, agritourism operators and fairs, and guided tours of the fair facilities.
Farmers, agritourism operators and fair leaders from surrounding counties are welcome to participate in each fair workshop. Also especially welcome are county agricultural commissioners, Farm Bureau leaders, tourism professionals, farm advisors and educators, fair and festival vendors and entertainers.
Registration is open, but space is limited. Please register soon for a workshop near you. Workshop registration fee $20.00 (includes fair admission, parking, lunch & tour)
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Workshop Schedule (all events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Thursday, June 14 - Shasta District Fair
1890 Briggs Street, Anderson
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- Thursday, July 26 - Amador County Fair
18621 Sherwood, Plymouth
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Amador workshop agenda
- Thursday, August 2 - Ventura County Fair
10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura
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Ventura workshop agenda
- Thursday, August 9 - Napa Town & Country Fair
575 Third Street, Napa
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Napa workshop agenda
- Thursday, August 16 - Yolo County Fair
1125 East Street, Woodland
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Yolo workshop agenda
- Thursday, September 13 - Santa Cruz County Fair
2601 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville
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Santa Cruz workshop agenda
register for the Santa Cruz workshop
- Thursday, October 4 - Big Fresno Fair
1121 South chance Avenue, Fresno
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Fresno workshop agenda
register for the Fresno workshop
For more information, please contact Diana Paluszak, CDFA Division of Fairs & Expositons, (916) 900-5027
or Penny Leff, UC Small Farm Program, (530) 752-7779.
Want to know more about agritourism? Visit the Agritourism section of this website to learn more.
For questions or more information, contact Penny Leff, firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 752-7779.