Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tulare County's Big Organic Factor

It's great to live in a county that feeds the world. One of the things that makes Tulare County agriculture so great is that our growers are constantly changing the way they do things to both improve the quality of our products and meet the demands of the market.

If you didn't already know it, there's an organic trend that's gaining speed in Tulare County. There are now 90 organic growers in Tulare County - up from 59 growers two years ago, according to the most recent Tulare County Annual Crop Report. Our county is also now home to 4,640 acres of organic cropland, compared to 3,306 acres two years ago. While some say organic crops taste better, others say they help build up the soil and reduce off farm pollution. Here's the breakdown for Tulare County's organic crops:
Citrus: 1,948 acres
Grapes: 1,000 acres
Tree Fruits: 819 acres
Nuts: 393 acres
Berries: 166 acres
Avocados: 87 acres
Vegetables/Melons: 62 acres
Olives: 33 acres
Other: 132 acres

Thanks for reading and don't forget to check back tomorrow for another 'Tulare County the Great!'

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