Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Growing Experience Urban Farm to celebrate Earth Day 2012 next Thursday

The Growing Experience is to hold it’s third annual Earth Day celebration next Thursday, April 26 from 3:00-6:00 pm in North Long Beach, 750 Via Carmelitos. The event is free and open to the public.

This ~ 7 acre farm located in the Carmelitos Housing Development boasts a wide variety of naturally grown heirloom vegetables all year long. In addition, over 200 fruit trees offer fresh figs, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, and citrus.

The local farm fresh produce and fruit can be purchased through the Growing Experience’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program via a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly subscription that costs $17 per week. This is one of the few true local CSA’s currently selling produce actually grown on site in Long Beach. The only drawback is that the CSA boxes are not delivered to your home, instead you must pick them up at the farm.

This Earth Day celebration will give you the opportunity to tour the farm, taste the harvest, and learn about sustainable urban agriculture. The Growing Experience has recently ventured into aquaponics to grow tilapia and edible aquatic crops, also to be demonstrated at the event. Arts activities will keep the kids entertained.  

Jimmy Ng, the urban farmer and director of The Growing Experience was recently interviewed for Bryant Terry’s online show with international reach, Urban Organic. Watch the interview here

More Information

The Growing Experience is a project of the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. For more information, contact:

Jimmy Ng
The Growing Experience
750 Via Carmelitos
Long Beach, CA  90805

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You might also be interested in Donna’s other work as Long Beach Urban Agriculture Examiner and director of Long Beach Grows™.

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