By Regina Pozzi
On Thursday, March 23rd, 2023, farmers gathered on Children’s Island for Marin County Farm Day. A good day in weather resulted in high attendance at the Marin County Fairgrounds facility, with approximately 2,000 attending this free event from 9 am to noon.
Over 30 agricultural exhibitors greeted interested guests, sharing about bee keeping, horsemanship, tractors, and all kinds of agriculture specific to Marin County. Kids could climb on a tractor, meet a Jersey cow or Polypay sheep, try their hand at candling eggs, and visit numerous educational booths.
The 2023 theme was “Spark and Interest in Agriculture.” All pre-registered teachers were entered in a raffle for a chance to win a classroom prize. Karen Taylor chaired the 2023 event, UCCE Marin staff helped execute, and AIM livestreamed the event so more classrooms could attend virtually. The Thursday Civic Center Farmer’s Market happens concurrently with Farm Day and
The event is made possible by the efforts of the following groups: Marin Center/Marin County Fair, Marin County Farm Bureau, Marin County Office of Education, Marin Community Farmers Market Association, North Bay Dairy Women, Bivalve Dairy, Petaluma Farms, Agricultural Institute of Marin, Marin County Weights and Measures, UCCE Marin, Master Gardeners, 4-H, Tomales FFA, MALT, Straus Family Creamery, Slide Ranch, Clover Sonoma, Novato Jr. Horsemen, Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District and many others.
Marin County Farm Bureau thanks all those who put effort into or attend Marin County Farm Day. The average person is so far removed from agriculture, this is an important opportunity to share some information about agriculture with the local community.