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Farm Tours Offer A Close-Up Of San Diego Greenhouses, Citrus Groves, A Dairy And More

Evening Edition

Aired 6/13/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Lindsey Hogg, event and marketing coordinator for the San Diego County Farm Bureau

Al Stehly, third generation farmer and the grove manager at Rockwood Ranch, a 35-acre organic operation featuring avocados, mandarins, lemons and vineyard in Valley Center

Transcript

A goat milking demonstration on the 2012 San Diego County Farm Bureau Farm Tour.

Even though San Diego is largely known to nonresidents as an urban county, it has more small farms than any other county in the nation.

For Al Stehly, farming is the family business. He's a third generation farmer in California, second generation in San Diego County and his daughter runs a vineyard in the San Pascual Valley.

He said that despite its challenges — the high cost of water and a shortage of labor — San Diego is good for crops and because of the climate, farming year-round is more viable than in other areas.

"It's better to get our food supply closer to home," Stehly says.

The San Diego Farm Bureau is offering a behind-the-scenes look at how food and flowers are grown. It's the bureau's fourth annual Farm Day tour and it's coming up this Saturday.

Lindsey Hogg planned the Farm Tour Day for the bureau. She said the tours give people get a glimpse into the world of agriculture.

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