Could agave become Santa Barbara’s next major crop?

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One of the first agaves planted in Santa Barbara County, at La Paloma Ranch on the Gaviota Coast Photo credit: Matt Kettmann

In many ways, growing agave in Santa Barbara makes a lot of sense. Not only does it use very little water and thrive on generally inhospitable land, but it can act as a fuel break for wildfires. Now, local farmers and distillers are experimenting with the crop.




Kathryn Barnes