Agritourism, Wine & Cannabis to be Discussed Sept. 11

Cannabis farmer Sara Rotman is co-chair of the North County Farmers Guild and Good Farmers Great Neighbors.

“Is a New Tourism Trend on the Horizon in Santa Barbara County?” is the topic of a 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 free panel discussion among wine vintners and cannabis farmers at the Industrial Eats Grand Ballroom, 81 Industrial Way, Buellton. 

The panel is the first in a series put on by the “Our Together We Thrive Community Forum” to learn and understand best practices and strategies that will promote tourism and economic growth for both the wine and cannabis industries, said Sara Rotman, co-chair of the North County Farmers Guild and Good Farmers Great Neighbors. 

Good Farmers Great Neighbors along with North County Farmers Guild and local vintners will host the panel of experts on the wine and cannabis industry partnership. 

Good Farmers Great Neighbors, a collective of North County cannabis cultivators and advocates, is working with community residents and businesses to find ways to enhance Santa Barbara County’s agritourism.  

The county’s unique climate yields ideal conditions and terroir for both wine and cannabis cultivation, along with a variety of other crops, event organizers said.  

Using Sonoma County as an example, it is clear that the wine and cannabis industry can both thrive together and complement one another, they said. “Sonoma County is already doing it,” Rotman said. “We can do it here and we can do it better.” 

The Good Farmers Great Neighbors group believes cannabis farming is good for county jobs and the economy. 

The group says it promotes best practices for sustainable growing, a healthy community and environment, and “advocate for good neighbor community engagement to dispel myths surrounding cannabis and cannabis production to help the industry thrive.” 

“My husband and I love farming,” Rotman said. “The cannabis plant saved my life.” 

There is no admission charge for the Sept. 11 panel discussion, however, RSVPs are requested.

See https://goodfarmersgreatneighbors.com/events/together-we-thrive/ for more details.

Posted Sept. 5, 2019.

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