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March/April 2018 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

One of California's 27 original counties, Santa Cruz County forms the northern coast of Monterey Bay and offers natural beauty that ranges from pristine beaches to old-growth forests. Its mild, coastal climate and long growing season provide chefs with a bounty of farm-fresh ingredients to pair with local wines. Popular activities include whale watching, surfing and visiting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.





Tom Broz, Watsonville

Getting to know the people who eat the food he grows is what Tom Broz describes as one of the most rewarding aspects of farming. That's why the co-founder of Live Earth Farms focused his early efforts on creating a community-supported agriculture enterprise, through which subscribers receive vegetables, herbs and fruit delivered to their door. Broz's 150-acre farm also hosts education programs, community events, a seasonal farm stand and U-pick opportunities.





Agricultural History Project Center and Museum, Watsonville

Every month, the museum hosts a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a free event for the family that features games, demonstrations, guest animal appearances and educational activities such as wooden-cow milking and a kid-driven tractor.




California Grill, Watsonville

Owner Dick Peixoto grows more than 45 varieties of fruits and vegetables at Lakeside Organic Gardens, so it's likely the produce on your plate was picked just hours before it was prepared. The menu also highlights meats, seafood, breads and desserts from local purveyors.



Down to Earth Women Luncheon

Now in its 11th year, the mid-May event is for women who are involved in or support agriculture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. It raises funds for school agricultural programs and scholarships, and is sponsored in part by the county Farm Bureau.




Watsonville Strawberry Festival

If you like strawberries, this is the place to be Aug. 4-5. The festival salutes the largest and most valuable crop in the Pajaro Valley with a carnival, live music, arts and crafts vendors, a pie-eating contest and, of course, strawberry-inspired treats.


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