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All About Ojai: History of Agriculture in Ventura County

By on May 14, 2014 in Events, Featured

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series

Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 10:00 AM

OVLC Office – 370 W. Baldwin Road – Bldg. A4

John Krist, Farm Bureau of Ventura County

“Living Legacy” – The Story of Ventura County Agriculture


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tangerine2In this chapter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s All About Ojai Series, John Krist will be presenting on the history of agriculture in Ventura County. The event will take place at 10:00 AM Saturday June 14, 2014 at the OVLC office located in Building A4 at HELP of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 W. Baldwin Road, Ojai CA.

Ventura County is a global agricultural powerhouse producing more than 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of crops annually. Growers in this part of Southern California ship lemons to Japan and truck fresh strawberries to Manhattan. They raise nursery stock, oranges and avocados, peppers, field greens and celery- more than 100 crops in all, from artichokes to zucchini.

Ventura County growers confront the demands of a changing economy and the pressures of urban growth. They farm on the city’s edge, hoping to preserve their way of life even as global economic forces, suburban growth and political indifference threaten to undermine it.

Mr. Krist is the Director of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County and the author of Living Legacy: The Story of Ventura County Agriculture. His book tells the story in lyrical prose and striking pictures of the day to day practices of modern farming in coastal California’s last great agricultural landscape. It also tells the stories of some of the individuals- from immigrant laborers to fourth generation farm owners- who keep this tradition alive.

This All About Ojai event is free to members and students and $10 for non-members. Become a member today! A family membership is just $35 per year. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation contact Marti Reid at 805 649-6852 ext 2 or

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