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Annual Ag Tour

By From page A5 | June 25, 2014

EDITOR:

Thank you to the many people who attended the annual El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Ag Tour earlier in June.

Coincidentally, this was the 50th tour and it celebrated the amazing story of the Apple Hill Growers reaching the milestone of 50 years in business.

The tour visited five member ranches that epitomize the organization’s diversity. Goldbud Farms, Lava Cap Winery, Indian Rock Tree Farm, Larsen Apple Barn Family museum and Rainbow Orchards all told different stories of how agriculture is thriving and growing in the area..

Edio Delfino, one of the four founders of the Apple Hill Growers, told about the early history and Dave Bolster, son of one of the founders, also shared stories about how individuals can pull together, pool their talents and work to create and maintain an association that is recognized as a leader in ranch marketing.

The delicious lunch was prepared by the El Dorado County Ag Department at Rainbow Orchards. The tour was made possible by the generous support from the lunch host ranch, El Dorado Winery Association, Georgetown Divide RCD, UCCE, PG&E and EDC Farm Trails. As always, Barsotti Family Juice provided refreshing juices for the meal.

Each year the Ag Tour visits a different area of the county to show the bounty of our local farms. The Ag Council motto is fitting: “Our Culture is Agriculture.”

MARYANN ARGYRES
Ag Council Chairperson

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