John Krist, CEO of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County, speaks with George Alger about the early history and growth of agriculture in the County.

Krist designates the beginning of agriculture in 1782 with the arrival of the San Buenaventura Mission. The native Chumash Indians, who thrived for thousands of years, were hunter-gatherers and did not cultivate crops.

Krist speaks of lima beans, sugar beets, lemons, oranges, avocados, strawberries, raspberries, celery and other vegetables that comprise over 100 commercial crops in the county as well as the changes in which crops have been prominent over time.

Krist also touches upon land use for agricultural versus urban development.


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Early Years and Growth of Agriculture in Ventura County since 1782
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