Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring done Spung!

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Urban Farm news...

Its the middle of March and the weather is making for a quick and dirty spring and running full speed to summer. Our little sprig of spring is already pretty much over but we have been picking fava beans, snap peas, herbs and beautiful American Flag leeks. Soon we will till in our cover crops and plant squashes, eggplant, chilis and tomatoes. Our lettuce is moving under the shade house. Netafim is generously donating a new irrigation system for the farm and it will include overhead misters for the lettuce. Cross your fingers that the shade/ mister combo will be worth the investment. I'm sure its going to be great. 

The chicks that arrived on Super Bowl Sunday are out in the pasture with the big girls and holding their own pretty well. Thanks to Fonz and John for building our new chicken barn. Its a ton of work to keep hens. They need shade, shelter, entertainment, forage, grain, water. Its a big responsibility and we take it pretty serious. We heard you that you wanted more eggs so we doubled our flock to meet that need. We are currently producing 4/5 dozen a day that number should double when our chicks begin producing around June. Head to Working Class Kitchen to pick up a dozen. 

As of now there is no date for us to open Farmstand 59. We are working on a few projects that will hopefully provide electricity and staffing to be able to open. Currently the only way for you to purchase any of our fruit, flowers, salad and eggs are at the locations listed on our site under Eat Local. Thanks for your support by supporting these local businesses. We will keep you posted about Farmstand 59. 

Keep checking the website for events and farm happenings. All the info is on the front page, scroll down to see the calendar. There is some great stuff coming up. Stay cool and come visit us during one of our events. 


Long Beach Grocery Coop Pledge Party this Saturday!

Join us on the farm this Saturday starting at 11 for "The Quest" Pledge Party. If you are interested in helping bring a coop to Long Beach as a founding member we welcome you to come and pledge your help. You can come and learn more about coop's in general and help the team by pledging a future membership. There is no money involved simply vouching you are interested in bringing this type of store to Long Beach and pledging to shop there when its open.

Damon and his team have been working very hard to bring a member-owned and operated consumer cooperative to own. This type of store is committed to providing the community with affordable, high quality, wholesome foods and products for healthy living. The co-op is committed to supporting local agriculture and artisans and fair trade, educating our community on benefits of healthy eating, and using sustainable practices. 

You might remember shopping at coops or your local health food store growing up. Let's help bring a store to Long Beach! You can read more about it online or just come down on Saturday. 
Week of the Young Child

In conjunction with Long Beach City College Child Development Center we welcome you to the farm to celebrate the Week of the Young Child! On April 11th from 10-12 we invite you for a farm tour, seed starting, book readings and more. Tour starts at 10:00 AM, $5 suggested donation. All the other activities geared towards young children ages 2-8 years old are free! 

The purpose of the WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs at the local, state, and federal levels. The WOYC is a time to plan how we, as citizens of a community, state, and nation - will better meet the needs of all young children and their families. 

Please wear farm friendly attire, flat shoes, hat, water and sunscreen are suggested. The farm has a no pet policy, please leave yours at home. 
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