San Diego may be known nationwide for its beautiful beaches and unbeatable year-round weather, but what many people don’t realize is that many of the avocados in their tacos, the lettuce and tomatoes in their salad, and the potted plants for their yard are all grown right here in San Diego County.

With more than 5,500 local farms employing thousands of San Diegans, the local $4.8 billion agriculture industry is thriving – and it’s all possible because of the safe and reliable water supply provided by the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies along with our famously perfect climate.

San Diego County leads the nation in the number of small farms, certified organic farms and part-time farmers. With the second-highest rate of women-operated farms, San Diego County also produces more avocados, vine-ripe tomatoes, poinsettias and nursery crops than any other county in America.

Join the San Diego County Water Authority and the San Diego County Farm Bureau in celebrating San Diego’s local food, backyard and community gardens, farmers markets and agricultural businesses by participating in the #B2UbyH2O photo contest on Instagram and Twitter during Water Awareness Month in May. Prizes include $50 gift certificates to local markets that feature local produce.

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