Fall Harvest Festival celebrates local farming in Long Beach
2009-11-10 · By Editor
A Farm Grows in North Long Beach
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with fellow fans in the local food community. Snack on farm fresh food and beverages prepared by local Chefs Paul Buchanan of Primal Alchemy Catering, Michael Poompan of the Hotel Renaissance Long Beach, and desserts by Justina Fenton and Keith Russell of Shortnin’ Bread.
Scarecrow building, farm tours, live music, and a scavenger hunt are some of the scheduled activities, along with a raffle and prizes. Adriana Martinez of AnarchyintheGarden.com will lead a seed-planting workshop that offers DIY ingenuity, tried-and-true old time-y techniques with a punk attitude.
The North Long Beach Fall Harvest Festival will celebrate local food on Thursday, November 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the urban farm run by The Growing Experience at 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach, 90805. The Growing Experience Garden is located inside the Carmelitos Housing Development and can be accessed from Atlantic Avenue at 52nd Street or from Orange Avenue at Via Wanda. The 3-acre community garden includes professional greenhouses and employs Carmelitos tenants to maintain the landscape.
The Fall Harvest Festival is a collaborative effort between BeachGreens and The Growing Experience. Both organizations share the delicious goal of making locally and organically grown produce available to Long Beach residents.
“The Harvest Festival in North Long Beach offers just a taste of what is possible,” noted Aliye Aydin of BeachGreens. “People want to know where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how they can begin growing their own or moving their purchases to local growers. The Festival is a fun and accessible way we can share ideas, resources, and great food.”
For more information about the festival visit: http://www.beachgreens.com/fallfest.htm
Beachgreens, founded in 2007 by Long Beach native Aliye Aydin, delivers locally and organically grown produce from our farms to your fork. Members receive regularly scheduled deliveries of first pick produce, seasonal recipes, as well as special offers like member only cooking classes.
The Growing Experience, located in Long Beach’s 8th District, is a joint collaboration between the Community Development Commission (CDC), County of Los Angeles and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCOOP). The program seeks to provide public housing residents with an opportunity to access a community garden in an urban setting while also giving them an opportunity to learn valuable skills in the multi-million dollar “green industry” in a paid job-training program. Jimmy Ng, Program Director for the Growing Experience, has recently started selling surplus produce to local restaurants and beachgreens.