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    • Day on the Farm – Hayrides, Horses, Crafts, Games, and Fun!
      Day on the Farm – Hayrides, Horses, Crafts, Games, and Fun!

      Join us at our Annual Day On The Farm to celebrate the history of good old-fashioned farming on Saturday, May 10 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. $2 per person, 1 year and younger are free. Donations appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood to participate!

      We’ll be making ice cream, churning butter, trying out milking our practice cows, and have hayrides pulled

  • Our Most Recent Blog Posts

    • History of Easter Egg Hunts
      History of Easter Egg Hunts

      The idea of a magical egg laying rabbit who would bring brightly decorated eggs for children to find on Easter was brought to America by German immigrants during the 1700s. Originally, it was said that the Easter Bunny would only bring eggs to children if they had been “good” throughout the year. The German children would create nests, and leave them out for the Easter Bunny to lay her eggs.

    • Some History of Agricultural Robotics
      Some History of Agricultural Robotics

      Eli Whitney’s cotton gin – 1794

      The cotton gin revolutionized the cotton industry by quickly separating cottonseeds from cotton fibers (a very arduous process) and could produce 50 pounds of cleaned cotton a day, the equivalent of hundreds of man-hours.

      (picture from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_gin)

      Lawnmower – 1827

      Invented by Edwin Budding, superior alternative to the scythe

      Tractor – Fordson (1917)

      Henry Ford introduces the “Fordson,” the first mass-produced

Discover the fascinating agricultural history of Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Valley and Watsonville

School groups and families from Santa Cruz County and all over the US spend hours exploring our educational exhibits, historical archives, and the agriculture research in the Codiga Center & Museum. When you visit, be sure to stop by our charming gift shop “Country Corner!”

Pajaro Valley Fields

We are located at the entrance to Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. As you discover the rich agricultural history of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Pajaro Valley, you will learn about the crops, people, artifacts and farming practices that have made the Central Coast of California what it is today. Over 80 crops are grown in this area as a result of unique combination of soils and climates. From potatoes and wheat to lettuce and strawberries, the Central Coast has supplied the world’s tables for over 150 years!

Fun Activities on the FarmEducational kids’ activities in Santa Cruz County

A visit to AHP is a wonderful family activity; there is something for everyone. Your children will be engaged as they explore the tools, plows, tractors, implements, antique train, milk bottles and fruit jars of yesterday’s farming life.

Admission is free, but visitors are asked to help support the work of the Agriculture History Project (AHP) with a donation of $2 per person.

We welcome school tours and researchers to our agricultural archives, and we always looking for great volunteers with a love of history!

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