Monday, July 21, 2014

Outdoor classroom on the farm

Hello Long Beach Locals-

Thanks to your support over the last 4 years we have been able to feed hundreds of local residents and get our farm established. This is naturally a long term project and as each growing season passes we learn and improve by leaps and bounds.

Unfortunately we are not able to have our retail store open weekly. Honestly our farm just does not produce enough. Instead we decided to open our Farmstand 59 monthly, thank you everyone who has been coming to these Saturday Market Place mornings. We are offering our fresh produce, eggs, flowers, heritage walnuts, reusable produce bags and other evolving seasonal, local and handmade products.

We also added breakfast, coffee and music to the morning. Our vendors are farm friends and everyone follows the same principals as we do. Everyone uses local and organic ingredients in their fare. Its all small batch and beautifully made. With an awesome soundtrack to top off the morning. This happens every second Saturday from 10-1 in our Farmstand.

A goal since conception of the farm has always been to host classes and students. In June we hosted a raw food demo, July's class was how to make compost tea. I recently did a survey and some future classes will include, flower crown making, chicken keeping, seed starting, bee keeping, irrigation set up, biodynamic preparations and applications and much more. This year we expect the biology students from Milikan to expand their course to include our farm, Camp Fire kids and Bay Shore Pre School just to name a few schools we work with. The interest in our farm is growing along with our knowledge and we would love to share this with you.

Here is the ask: We would like to build a 30' x 40' shade structure on the farm to be able to host classes in the shade. As much as we love the sun its not very forgiving in the summer and let's face it, its always summer. For a $3,000 donation we will be able to build a custom shade canopy that is suitable for the farm. This will allow our visitors to have a shaded structure to relax under while they are attending our farm.

This tax deductible donation will cover the cost of materials and the building of the structure. If you are interested in making it a team building for your employees or a community work day that is also welcome. Many hands make small work and we would love to have you on the farm.

We are very fortunate to have this working farm in such a congested area.  Let's keep expanding and improving your small farm.

Proposed area for outdoor classroom

Shaded area for hosting our students would be a welcome addition
Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon.
-Sasha Kanno - Farmer/ Founder
Ph: 562.230.7207

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