What are you doing this weekend? Taking an ATV ranch tour
Ranches and farms are all about nature for the people who live there. But for those of us who don’t, a look behind the scenes, to the places their owners hold dear, is like lifting the curtain on Oz. ATVs for Agriculture in Gaviota, about 130 miles north of Los Angeles, recently gave me a chance to see a 1,500-acre ranch, the trails above it, the Santa Ynez Valley and the Pacific, all within two hours. We covered a lot of ground in the all-terrain vehicles and barely broke a sweat. Maybe that’s not as good for the heart, but being able to see views we might otherwise have missed was priceless. Here are some scenes from a recent tour.
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ATVs for Agriculture
The ranch, which is in Gaviota right off the 101 Freeway, once was a dairy farm, but grass-fed cattle now are raised there. Toby Giorgi, the fourth generation of the Giorgi family, estimates that there are 85 to 90 head of cattle. Giorgi and his wife, Raiza, also operate ATVs for Agriculture, which helps visitors understand more about California agriculture, a $43.5 billion-a-year industry, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. They started the ranch ATV tours about three years ago and hope to help out local 4H and Future Farmers of America clubs.