UC Cooperative Extension’s Rose Hayden-Smith is a practicing U.S. Historian. In the current issue of California Agriculture, Rose explains the Morrell Act, and subsequent changes, in an entertaining and inspiring way.
Signed into law during the Civil War, the Morrill Act and related legislation helped to transform our country. While the transformation was nationwide, the benefit to California’s future was incredible. And it still is. Many of the programs and research made possible from a collection of laws passed a 150 years ago touch our lives day in and day out.
To learn more about the Morrill Act, please see UC’s land-grant mission fuels nation’s growth, prosperity or For 150 years, UC science and agriculture transform California. UC land grants: A photo history can be found here.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a valuable resource for food producers, community leaders and consumers.
This online multi-media resource provides seamless access to programs designed to support local food systems under the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative. This effort combines the work of 17 USDA agencies and is producing some powerful results.
From the USDA,
“The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a valuable resource documenting the innovation, entrepreneurship and impact of local food systems across the country. It [Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative] is driving job growth, keeping farmers and on the land, and keeping wealth in rural communities. We invite you to dive deep into this new tool, and be inspired by the stories it tells and the ideas it can spur for you and your community.”
Much of the information at the site is shared in a narrative format, providing viewers with an in-depth, inside look into the nation’s local food systems.
- The what and why of local foods
- What is Know Your Farmer?
- Local food infrastructure
- Stewardship and local food
- Local meat and poultry
- Farm to institution
- Healthy food access
- Careers in agriculture
- Local food knowledge
- Local food: Not Just USDA
- Case studies
- Grants, loans and other resources
Dedicated to advancing innovation in sustainable agriculture, SARE has many resources and learning opportunities available. At their Learning Center website you will find links to handbooks, bulletins, online courses, fact sheets, videos, newsletters, and more. Hardcopy resources can be ordered through the SARE WebStore. All online resources are available at no cost.
- Animal Production
- Community Development
- Crop Production
- Education & Training
- Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy
- For consumers
- Integrated Systems
- Natural Resources/Environment
- Pest Management
- Quality of Life
- Soil Management
- Specialty Crops
- Value Added Products
Approximately 250 community stakeholders (farmers, ranchers, distributors, buyers, chefs, policy makers, public health advocates, community planners, and others) attended the Making Connections: How the Local Food Movement Can Support Ventura County Agriculture themed event.
Agriculture is an important part of our local economy. Like any other industry, agriculture has its share of challenges and opportunities. Shared dialog between producers and consumers within our area provides a wonderful bridge to reduce and minimize challenges while finding ways to increase awareness and collaboration. Attendees discussed distribution systems, public health, land use, childhood obesity, urban encroachment, pesticides, labor needs, water, and the need for fresh food education and marketing,
Support for this program came from many in the community. Sponsors include the UC Thelma Hansen Fund. The purpose of the Hansen Fund is to support and maintain University research and extension activities for the sustainability and benefit of agriculture and natural resources in Ventura County. A complete list of donors can be found here.
Our office has received an increase in calls from people wishing to visit farms and ranches. As public interest into local food systems and production continues to grow, agritourism is a way for food producers to increase revenue.
Tourism offerings are varied throughout the state. Local, Ventura County agritourism ventures include: farm and nursery tours; overnight stays; farm stands; petting zoos; picnic and play areas; u-pick produce; lectures and presentations; agriculture-related gifts and crafts; value-added food products; horseback riding and trail rides; camping; nature walks; special events; plants; and cut flowers.
UC’s California Agricultural Tourism Directory allows consumers to search for farms and ranches throughout the state. There is no cost to add a farm or ranch to this statewide directory. Easy to follow instructions for consumers and producers are included on the directory’s home page.
For more information about agritourism, please contact our office.