September 12, 2011 (Escondido) – Get a close-up look at what fresh and local agriculture is all about from those who know it best: San Diego farmers! On Saturday, Oct. 15, six local growers will open their farms to the public for San Diego County Farm Bureau’s second annual Farm Tour Day, with guided walking tours from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tours start at each farming operation every half hour, allowing visitors to chart their own course and choose which farms—and in which order—they would like to visit.
The tour stops are clustered in two North San Diego County areas: North Escondido and the Twin Oaks Valley and feature a mushroom farm; a wholesale nursery specializing in low water use plants; an organic farm that supplies its own restaurant; a vineyard/winery; an international supplier of rare and endangered cactus and succulents; and an avocado grove.
Farm Tour Day is a guided walking tour event. Tour stops are active farming operations where the ground may be uneven, unpaved, sloped, and contain steps. Tour participants are urged to wear sturdy, close-toed footwear. Strollers are not recommended. If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Farm Bureau before the event.
Tour stop information is available at www.sdfarmbureau.org. Reservations can be made online or by calling the Farm Bureau office at (760) 745-3023 for this exclusive one-day event (reservation deadline: Oct. 11, 2011).
Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-17 (children under 6 are free). Registration wristbands and additional tour information will be awaiting each visitor at their first tour stop.