Ventura Farm Day kicks off with a Food and Farm Film Fest

The 4th Annual Ventura Farm Day is an agricultural celebration.

This year’s Ventura County Farm Day on November 5 will kick off a day early with its first Food and Farm Film Fest, Friday, Nov. 4 at Mission Park in downtown Ventura. The free, family-friendly event will feature short films produced locally that tell the story of life (both human and animal) on the farm and the popular kids’ movie “Babe.”

Critically acclaimed filmmaker John Chester will be on hand to present and talk about his films. Chester, co-owner of Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, has produced short films that are regularly featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday”.

“The films will be a real treat for those who are not familiar with daily farm life,” says Mary Maranville, Founder and Executive Director of SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture), the nonprofit that organizes Farm Day and the Film Fest. “All the films are shot beautifully. It is the perfect introduction to what people will see and experience the following day at our local farms.”

The Food and Farm Film Fest begins at 5:00 p.m., with the films beginning at dusk. Festivalgoers can bring food, blankets and lawn chairs. Food will also be available from Scratch Food Truck and Paradise Pantry (call ahead to Paradise Pantry to order a picnic box, 641-9440). Free parking is available at Mission Park and the Ventura County Museum.

The 4th Annual Ventura Farm Day is an agricultural celebration in which more than 20 Ventura County farms open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural learning firsthand. This free event for all ages connects the community with its farming neighbors and encourages them to visit the farms in their own backyards..

Farm Day hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on November 5. The public is encouraged to visit, select two or three farms that they would like to visit and then map out their day.

A barbeque celebration will follow at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The barbeque is from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Barbeque tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children under 12.

For more information, go to or call 901-0213.




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