Califonia Bountiful

On location: Alameda County

March/April 2019 California Bountiful magazine

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Though heavily populated today, Alameda County maintains much of its rural heritage. Winegrapes, especially in and around Livermore, are the county's top crop. And it was in Berkeley that farmers from around the state met in October 1919 to launch an organization dedicated to advocating for farmers and ranchers: the California Farm Bureau Federation





Doug Perry, Fremont

Between freeways and houses, this third-generation farmer grows all manner of organic vegetables. Perry's farm hosts weekend wagon rides and weekday school visits, and he completed his 50th season of pumpkin growing last fall. "My favorite thing about farming?" Perry said. "When I get up in the morning and I drive out to the field, just driving through the farm from one end to my office, it just makes me feel good."





Livermore Valley Wine Trails, Livermore and Pleasanton

You can follow any of six trails out of Pleasanton and Livermore to explore the wine scene; many wineries can be reached on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback. There are fun options for the whole family, too, so those too young for wine tasting won't feel left out.




Babette Café, Berkeley

Located in the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, Babette offers breakfast, lunch and snacks. Owners Joan Ellis and Patrick Hooker serve organic food and support local farmers. The café also features several "Film to Table" dinners, served dinner-party style, with menus themed around movies screening next door at the museum and archive.



Livermore Wine Country Downtown Street Fest, Livermore

This year's festival takes place May 18 and 19. Wines and beers from local wineries and brewpubs will be featured, as will live music and games and rides for the kids. Local brewers will give how-to demonstrations, and there will be several pop-up tasting booths.




Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

In addition to the annual fair, set for June 14-July 7 this year, the fairgrounds will soon be home to The Farm, created to provide high-tech agricultural education for children and teenagers. Lessons in subjects such as engineering, plant science and renewable energy will be combined with vineyards, orchards, beehives and barns.


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