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Anyone interested in the future of agriculture is invited to join a discussion of agricultural tourism moderated by John Parke, chairman of the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Stacey Hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Los Olivos.

Parke, the 3rd District representative on the Planning Commission, plans a “forward-looking” discussion where community members representing many different interest groups explore creative ideas for agricultural tourism and consider how these can coordinate with other forms of tourism, such as bicycle touring or horseback riding.

He also wants to balance the discussion with consideration of what constraints should be placed on agricultural tourism.

Information from the discussion is expected to provide a starting point when the county begins work on a Farm Stay Ordinance later this summer.

For further information, email WE Watch, coordinator of the event, at