Why is Farming Important to San Diego County?

$1.79 Billion Annual Value To The Economy


Locally produced products available to the public


Viable farms balance out urban growth


Carbon sequestration from millions of plants and trees

5th Largest Industry

5th Largest Industry

in San Diego County

San Diego Farms:

San Diego Farms:

Food Security & Sustainability

An intrinsic part of the fabric of


SD Farming National Ranking

Where San Diego County

Ranks In The Nation.

#1 producer of nursery crops.

#1 in number of part-time farmers.

#1 producer of avocados.

#2 in acres of guavas, pomegranates, limes, and macadamias.
#2 in farms with women as principal operator.

#5 in lemons.

#9 in strawberries.
#10 in egg-laying hens.

19th largest farm economy among more than 3000 counties.

More small farms (less than 10 acres) than any other county

San Diego’s Mediterranean-like climate makes it an ideal place to grow agricultural crops and livestock products. More than 3 million people live in San Diego County, and more than 5,000 farmers call it home and make their living on 250,000 acres. The high cost of water and land make farming here expensive and San Diego farms have specialized in integrating agricultural activity and urban living, growing crops that optimize limited acres. San Diego far surpasses its fellow top producing counties in terms of average dollar value per acre with an agricultural production more valuable than other urbanized areas of California, such as San Francisco, Orange County, and Los Angeles combined.

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