Farm Tour Day 2013

Enjoy a day in the country and get a behind-the-scenes look at how your food and flowers are grown on the Fourth Annual Farm Tour Day in North San Diego County.
Guided walking tours led by the farmers themselves will take you through their unique farming operations and showcase a variety of the region’s agricultural specialties. Demonstrations, samples, and other fun activities will delight all ages. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is an exclusive look at a side of San Diego County few people get to see. We take one day each year to allow the public an opportunity to experience country life!
Tour participants provide their own transportation and will receive detailed maps and driving directions. Each tour is focused in a local farming community, with four or five diverse farm stops. We recommend packing a picnic lunch for your group to take advantage of picturesque eating areas on every tour.
Farm Tour Day Frequently Asked Questions.
Farm Tour Day is an outdoor guided walking tour event. Tour stops are active farming operations where ground is uneven, unpaved, sloped, and may include stairs. Tour participants are urged to wear sturdy, close-toed shoes, sunscreen and hats. Strollers are not recommended. If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Farm Bureau before the event.
Purchase your tickets TODAY!
Reservations can be made online here.
Due to the popularity of the event we expect it to sell out, we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible.
$25 Adults
$10 Children ages 6-17 (under 6 free)
$70 Family Package (2 adults and up to 4 children 6-17 years, *under 6 free)
Because of the growing popularity of this event, we have created more tour opportunities. Participants choose one of the following three tour routes:
Tour A: Valley Center
Features a working vineyard & winery, organic citrus groves, berries, avocado trees, cutting edge greenhouses, flower growing, farm animals and more!
Tour B: San Pasqual Valley
Features one of the last San Diego County dairies, wine grapes, greenhouse growing grounds, succulents, citrus, an avocado packing house and more!
Tour C: Fallbrook
Features one of the largest greenhouse operations in the United States, an avocado packing house, vegetables, berries and citrus groves.
*Please Note: Tour routes are subject to change.
Purchase your tickets TODAY!
Reservations can be made online here:
Valley Center (Tour A)
Sierra Pacific is a picturesque avocado and lemon grove you won’t want to miss. The tour stop includes the nuts and bolts of avocado growing in San Diego County. You’ll enjoy fun facts, growing tips, favorite recipes and even lemonade at this tour led by industry experts. Learn about the different pruning and planting techniques while wnjoying a panoramic view over Valley Center and to the Pacific.
EuroAmerican Propagators specializes in new and innovative plants and is the largest wholesale supplier of rooted cuttings. You will be treated to a spectacular display of the company’s flowers and succulents as well as its most popular sellers. The tour continues through the facility’s vast mist propagation house and packing house where 40-50 million cuttings are shipped each year.
Stehly Organics is run by two Stehly brothers, third generation California farmers, and second generation San Diego County farmers. They grow organic citrus, avocados, berries, and vegetables. You will enjoy a wagon ride tour at this stop that takes you through many of the operation’s crops. Before or after the tour enjoy picking blackberries and meeting some of their many farm animals including mini-horses, sheep, chickens, a llama and more!
CalMex Wholesale Flowers growing grounds are a unique look at the geographical challenges and rewards of flower growing in San Diego. Set on sloping hills, you’ll get a bird’s eye view from this mountain top farm. CalMex specializes in growing wax flowers and colorful foliage that are used in cut flower arrangements. The ridge along this farm gives a 360° view of most of Valley Center’s diverse farms- it will take your breath away!
The Accidental Winery is a look at a complete winemaking operation. You’ll start your tour seeing wine grapes growing on the vines, walk to their first stop - the crusher- then head through an avocado grove to the winery where the rest of the magic happens. You’ll hear from seasoned winemakers about their international operations and tricks of the trade. This farm with its towering oak trees, baby sheep and perfect picnic location will not disappoint.
** Note: All farm locations and content are subject to change**
Purchase your tickets TODAY!
Reservations can be made online here.
San Pasqual Valley (Tour B)
Rockwood Ranch is a 35 acre organic operation featuring avocados, mandarins, lemons and a vineyard- all in one place! You’ll see different methods for planting citrus, the geographic advantages of avocados and get a glimpse of a vineyard in its first years of wine grape production. This diverse tour will explore the intricacies of farming organically and tracking multiple crops on one farm.
Giumarra Brothers is an avocado packing house. You will get to see the process from bin delivery, sorting through the conveyor belts and packaging into bags and boxes, ready for stores. They are recognized for setting standards of excellence in the world of agribusiness. Owned and operated by members of the Giumarra family, they have been in business for over 70 years. *Please note: it is especially important for parents to keep children close during this tour as there are many moving parts.
Konyn Dairy is one of the last operating dairies in San Diego County. You’ll hop onto a wagon for this tour through the housing pens, feed barn, go by the baby calf barn and pastures, see where the cows get their showers and where milking happens. San Pasqual Valley Soils is also on-site, ready to tell you all about the ins and outs of compost, soil and mulch.
Village Nurseries is a leading wholesale grower of plants, trees and shrubs. This tour will start with their large array of succulents, before going through greenhouses where new cuttings are grown. Most of the plants Village Nurseries’ grows—about 5 million plants each year—get their start here before they are relocated to one of five Southern California growing locations. This location is not open to the public any other day of the year, giving you this exclusive peek at how your plants all get their start.
** Note: All farm locations and content are subject to change**
Purchase your tickets TODAY!
Reservations can be made online here.
Fallbrook (Tour C)
Olive Hill Greenhouses has been growing bromeliads and anthuriums that delight the eye since 1973. Since then, Olive Hill has grown rapidly into one of the largest plant producers in California. Their modern greenhouses are cutting edge, and some of the largest in the country. During the tour you will learn about their beautiful flowers, how they regulate the temperature in each greenhouse and use reverse osmosis for increased water quality.
Loera Farms is a picture of small scale vegetable, berry, fruit and flower production. As a San Diego farmers’ market vendor, you can come and see where the food you purchase comes from. This tour will take you through tomatoes, melons, berries, guava and more as you explore this diverse farm. This peek into the San Luis Rey River basin is as nutritious as it is scenic!
Pankey Farms is run by long-time farm bureau member, Vic Pankey. This Valencia orange grove may look simple at first glance, but looking a little deeper shows the complexities of one of San Diego’s most popular crops. Using various growing methods, tricks of the trade, and decades of experience, Vic holds knowledge that is sure to surprise and entertain.
4th and possibly 5th stops coming soon! Check back periodically for details.
** Note: All farm locations and content are subject to change**
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  • Calvin R.

    Very Accommodating hosts, well planned this year!

    June 15, 2013

  • Eric P.


    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone for carpooling?

    June 9, 2013

  • Diane Tells His N.

    Looking forward to this!!

    May 31, 2013

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