A BIT OF HISTORY
FarmFacts.org was created as a resource for consumers to find answers to their questions about California farms. We are farmers and others who support California agriculture. We understand the connection between farmers and consumers and the shared dependence we all have on water used to grow the most nutritious and delicious fresh food anywhere.
CALIFORNIA FARM FACTS
DID YOU KNOW?
Here’s some cool stuff about California farms that you probably didn’t know.
Over 90 percent of California farms are owned and operated by families. You can be sure that the people who care about the land are the ones who own it and want to keep it sustainable for generations to come.
California leads the nation in the production of over 80 different crops and produces 14 of them almost exclusively (99% or more). Some of them include artichokes (pictured), raisins, olives, pomegranates and sweet rice.
California has been producing citrus crops since 1789 when Father Junipero Serra first planted trees in the Southland. Our state had a citrus boom during the Gold Rush in 1849 when miners wanted to deter scurvy. Today, about 85 percent of the nation's fresh citrus comes from California.