SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency just published the 2017 Santa Clara County Crop Report, highlighting agriculture production and revenues valued at $316,524,000, a two percent increase from 2016.
“It is great to see another crop report grow to even higher values than previous years. I like to think of it as a testament to the County’s commitment to our farming community,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman. “Supervisor Cortese and I are excited to continue making a positive impact through the implementation of the Valley Ag Plan.”
The county’s top producers for 2017 were nursery crops ($82,951,000), mushrooms ($74,659,000), lettuce ($17,522,000), spinach ($14,616,000), and bell peppers ($13,264,000). In 2017, 21 different agricultural commodities grown in Santa Clara County exceeded $1,000,000 in crop value.
Commodities that now produce more than a million dollars in revenues are cherries, seed crops and timber. Those that fell from the listing include celery, cut flowers, and hay and grain.
“As Santa Clara County has evolved with Silicon Valley, the county’s agricultural roots continue to thrive and prosper,” said Joe Deviney, Commissioner of Agriculture. “2017 marked a second consecutive year of increased revenues. Our agricultural future is bright. Agriculture from Santa Clara County continues to feed the region and the world.”
The 2017 crop report highlights the unique history of Asian vegetables in Santa Clara County. There are currently about 80 Asian vegetable farms in Santa Clara County that continue to be cultivated and harvested by hand. Most Asian vegetable farms in the county are still family run and small, usually 10 acres or less. Asian vegetables are now the county’s ninth largest revenue producer ($8,876,000).
“I am very proud of our community and respectful of the work done every day. We work so hard and produce many wonderful nutritious vegetables,” said Jenny Li of Shun Fat Nursery. “Most buyers prefer local farm goods rather than importing from outside of the Bay Area. It is important to keep agriculture local.”
The Asian community has played an important role in the valley’s agriculture history, with Gordon Chan, the first Chinese-American president of the Santa Clara Farm Bureau, helping lead the way. Chrysanthemums were among the county’s largest agricultural products through the 1960s, but have now given way to staples including Bok Choy, celery leaf, mustard greens, and more.
“It was delightful to see the Asian Farming Community highlighted in this year’s report,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese. “Especially the tribute to Gordon Chan, a truly great leader who contributed so much to the community.”
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