The coastal community of Oceanside, CA has a blend of interests from warm sandy beaches to historical landmarks and even a modern art museum in their heart of downtown Oceanside. But many people are unaware that this Southern California community also has a rich heritage as an agricultural community, producing many locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. These large and small agricultural-based businesses are an integral part of our local personality since many of these farms have been passed down from generation to generation and they have seen the tremendous growth that has taken place throughout San Diego’s North County over the years.
One of the largest regions of farmland within the city is located along the northeast edge of Oceanside, bordering South Fallbrook. This region is locally referred to as South Morro Hills and sits at an incredible 3,800 acres with many family-owned farms and stables.
It is very unique to have such vast and pristine land, virtually untouched by development. The City of Oceanside and various community partners recognize that this area is a true treasure within the Southern California landscape and are taking steps to preserve this agricultural space.
The community is currently in the initial phases of implementing an Oceanside Agritourism Strategic Plan designed to preserve and cultivate urban and rural farming opportunities, while increasing engagement and appreciation for the farming community. Over the last year, dozens of stakeholders have been meeting to educate themselves through workshops and events about the feasibility of developing agritourism experiences in Oceanside. Review the presentations and documents shared during the Phase 1 Agritourism Workshops held in spring 2017.
Partners are currently working towards the second phase of this process, to actively take steps to develop agritourism programs and marketing campaigns. Agritourism programs are a viable opportunity for the region in order to preserve the unique agricultural heritage that is blossoming around Oceanside. For more information or to get involved, contact Leslee Gaul, Visit Oceanside President and CEO.
Stay informed about the City of Oceanside Agritourism Strategic Plan.