There are 667 farms in Santa Cruz County covering 99,983 acres with the average farm covering 150 acres. These farms sell $565,835,000 on the market with the crop sales covering $548,415,000 and livestock sales covering $17,420,000. The government has paid out $40,000 dollars with the average farm receiving $7,924.
Top Crop Items:
Vegetables: 17,898 acres
Lettuce: 9,770 acres
Land in Berries: 7,297 acres
Nursery stock crops: 5287 Acres (Ranked #1 in State)
Livestock Inventory (in number of livestock):
Cattle and Calves: 4,153
Sheep and Lambs: 3,208
Colonies of Bees: 1,666
Overall, in Santa Cruz County, the total farm production expenses in thousands of dollars is 456,027 while the net income is (in thousands of dollars) 117,449.
The operators themselves are mostly male (537 men to 130 women). For 414 people farming is their primary profession while 253 have another primary profession. The average age of these operators is about 60 years and the farms are mainly operated by white people (937 operators) and Hispanics (158).
Source: USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture
*Census done every four years
In 2010, there were only 2,800 acres of organic crops with a value of $26,100,000. By 2014, there are 4,058 acres of organic crops with a value of $118,872,000.
Source: Agriculture Commissioner 2014 Crop Report