Branch out on Farm Day and visit Ventura County growers

Do you know where your food comes from and how it’s grown?

You can find out Saturday when more than 20 Ventura County farms will open their doors to the public during the sixth annual Ventura County Farm Day.

Houweling's Tomatoes Nursery in Camarillo is participating in Farm Day.   (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Houweling's Tomatoes Nursery in Camarillo is participating in Farm Day. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

“Growers, farmers and agricultural organizations are coming together for one purpose, and that is to educate the general public about where their food is grown and how it’s grown,” said Mary Maranville, founder and CEO of Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture — SEEAG — which organizes Farm Day.

“We eat every day, and it’s important to know where your food is coming from, and to know who the farmers are in your backyard and how to support them,” said Maranville, who lives in Ojai. “These are hard-working people, and it’s important to know every aspect of what farmers have to deal with on a daily basis.”

Farm Day will kicks off Friday with a barbecue from 4-7:30 p.m. at Oxnard Historic Farm Park, 1251 Gottfried Place, Oxnard. This event will include games, raffles and a farmers appreciation awards ceremony, as well as live entertainment by Mark David. Tickets are $15 to $45, and can be purchased at www.venturacountyfarmday.com.

Tours start Saturday at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Visitors can create their own itinerary by choosing from among the farms listed at www.venturacountyfarmday.com— and realizing this list is only a drop in Ventura County's farming bucket.