2018 Farm Day Barbecue – Sold Out Tribute to Local Farming



By Sheryl Hamlin

The Ventura County Farm Day brings locals, farmers, tourists, entrepreneurs, students and families together for an intense day to understand and appreciate “the hands and lands that feed us”. Farm Day is the culmination of a year’s work of agri-education produced by SeeAG, opening eyes to agriculture

Mary Maranville, CEO and Founder SeeAG

The event on Friday night featured a gourmet meal created by a local chef, locally grown food, served by young, aspiring agricultural students, including the Santa Paula FFA, and hosted in a historic Ventura County farm site, complete with Autumnal Mule cocktails made with locally distilled vodka.

The Location: Oxnard Farm Park

Once inside the simple gates, the visitor to this historic site is taken through gravel paths into life on a 19th century farm, complete with machinery, farm house and barn. The farm office has become a history museum. A lovely pergola has been built perfect for outside seating. The barn houses farm equipment. Note decomposed gravel paths around property giving a soft, authentic feel to what was originally dirt.

Barn with farm equipment

Every seat was full in two areas. According to the volunteers at the registration desk, there were 175 seats sold. In the picture below, the lights of the pergola are on at dusk for an absolutely picture perfect Ventura County evening.

Lighted Pergola with Farm house in view

Gourmet Dinner

Created by Chef Tim Kilcoyne from local ingredients, the dinner was fit for a gourmet restaurant.

Farm-to-Table Menu:


Onion focaccia
Quinoa cakes


Tri tip and Chicken
Panzanella salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled red onions, basil, torn olive bread, balsamic vinaigrette
Roasted fall squash, sun dried tomatoes, apples, thyme, walnuts
Kale salad, maple-cider vinaigrette, smoked almonds, delicata squash, fried brussel sprouts
Roasted baby carrots, black pepper ricotta, Extra virgin olive oil, fried carrot topsV


Strawberry cookies
Berry hand pies


Locally distilled beer, cider and vodka

New Ag Commissioner Presents

Ed Williams was recently appointed to the position of Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner.

The good news, he said, is the $2.1 billion in crop revenue generated in Ventura County, making it the 8th largest agricultural producing county in the state. See report here. The bad news are constant water quantity and quality issues which have become the norm.


Each year SeeAG selects three members of the agricultural community to honor. This year included: Yissel Barajas, Chief Human Resources Officer at the Reiter Companies, Jeanette Lombardo, national President of American Agri-Women, and Chef Tim KilCoyne who also volunteers with World Central Kitchen feeding people around the globe.

The Essence of Ventura County

Ventura County Farm Day highlights the best, but does not shy away from the challenges of modern farming. Growers are adopting technology, such as Houwelings and Gills Onions, who are producing their own energy. The Reiter Companies is going the extra mile to cultivate employees as well as delicious berries.

For a complete list of participating growers, click here and make sure you mark the first weekend of November in your 2019 calendar for Ventura County Farm Day.

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