Category Archives: Urban Agriculture

Food Revolution Day 2013

Tomorrow is Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day!  It is Jamie Oliver’s mission to revolutionize children’s relationship with food.  People have stopped passing down the skills of scratch cooking and home made meals…it’s time to teach our young people who to cook again!  We believe in this mission whole heartedly and believe good nutrition and healthy food service is a path to self sufficiency.  So let’s celebrate that we are having this conversation – and keep your eyes open for opportunities to support this in our community for our children and for our future!frd-Tagline-graphic-a5-horizontal-bg

Fresh Today in the Farm Stand!

We have brown eggs, blue eggs, white eggs, duck eggs, small eggs, extra large eggs…

This morning around 7am – Shelly was getting a little disturbed by our gathering and decided to fly the coop and grab some chow…

Thanks Ladies! We gathered 23 eggs this morning…I think a week of 80 plus degrees has tricked them in to thinking it’s spring! I am also feeding them in the sunny south facing section of the garden and have made sure they can take their dust baths against the south facing wall. The micro climate there has got to be at least one zone closer to the equator…I am going to go ahead and plant the beans on the trellis’ there in our long and narrow garden bed.

Stop by for fresh eggs – and a new year of strawberries has begun- the winter root stock is already producing and the berries are in and on the table. Carrots are amazing, the romaine lettuce looked grand and the leeks are positively pristine!! There are onions, celery and much more…

Text me with questions or if you need directions! 562-528-6259

Extraordinary Eggs!

Healthy and delicious eggs from pastured hens are available at our Farm Stand every week. Tuesdays and Fridays from 10m-5pm.  Tomorrow we will have fresh chicken and duck eggs available – $3 per 1/2 dozen, or buy 18 for only $8

Interesting facts about eggs include:

There are over 150 breeds of domestic chickens.

Their eggs are a variety of colors from white, brown, green, blue and even pink!

Hens can lay eggs without a rooster. The eggs will never hatch though, as they are unfertilized.

It takes a chicken 24-26 hours to produce an egg.

Once a year chickens go through a molting process, where they grow new feathers.  This takes about 9 weeks and they do not lay any eggs during this time!

An unwashed egg can stay fresh for six months, if it is refrigerated shortly after being laid. Washing the egg removes the bloom-a thin protein coating that stops harmful bacteria from penetrating through the eggs porous shell-so a fresh egg shouldn’t be washed until just before cooking.

Eggs from hens like ours are a lot healthier than most supermarket eggs. USDA nutrient data shows that compared to commercial eggs, eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture may contain up to: 1/3 cholesterol – 1/4 less saturated fat – 2/3 more vitamin A – 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids – 3 times more vitamin E – 7 times more beta carotene and 4-6 times as much vitamin D!

Healthy and delicious eggs from pastured hens are available at our Farm Stand every week. Tuesdays and Fridays from 10m-5pm.

Turkey Day Farm Box!

Oh, the long lost tradition of holiday postcards and the amazing letterpress designs…this one is from 1916.

Because our weekly Farm Stand is open on Fridays, we thought it would be nice to have a special day, this Tuesday-November 22nd to distribute some farm freshness for your traditional recipes on this cook’s holiday!  We have included several items that are usually on the shopping list…

Turkey Day Farm Box!
Pick Up at the Farm Stand
Spring at Elm
Tuesday, November 22nd
10am – 4pm
$25
The Turkey Day Farm Box includes:
Green Beans, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Romaine, Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuces, New Potatoes, Beets, Oranges, Fresh Thyme, and Fresh Rosemary. There will also be produce available to purchase a la carte if you need more of any item for a recipe….or something not included.

See you in the field!

4th Saturday at Green Lab

Mike with his produce box!

Square Foot Gardening is tomorrow morning from 10am – 12noon.
$10 at the gate, no rsvp required.

Available for purchase:
2 x 2 and 2 x 4 square foot garden boxes
Fresh Eggs from our Happy Hens
Spring Street Farm Produce boxes
purchase includes “pick your own” swiss chard and english peas
Boxes are $25 and available for pick up every Friday and at most events

Stop by for a snack!!

Square Foot Gardening Workshop!

Join us this Saturday April 23rd 10am-12noon at the Green Lab Urban Farm for a demonstration and talk about the Square Foot Gardening system.

Jennifer van der Fluit, Square Foot Garden expert, will facilitate a 2 hour presentation/lecture/demonstration.

Class description:
Learn a new method of gardening that eliminates long, single rows and wasted space by condensing your garden into small boxed areas! This method simplifies rows of organic produce into manageable bites, allowing you to conserve money, time and resources!  Square Foot Gardening is a wonderful activity for gardeners of any ability!  Whether you consider yourself a green thumb or a hopeless gardener, you will discover that Square Foot Gardening is the way to grow!  Jennifer van der Fluit is a certified Square Foot Gardener and teacher in Long Beach, California.  She is also a master composter.  She has been featured in the LA Times for her living mural planted in front of their Wrigley home.

If there is interest, we will schedule follow up classes: a box-building workshop and seed starting.  With a planting session on another Saturday.

Available on Saturday for purchase:
The Square Foot Gardening book –
2’x4′ and 2’x2′ boxes –
Fresh Hens’ Eggs –
Assorted produce from our farm –

To attend this class on Saturday April 23rd at 10am, there is a $10 fee that goes directly to our instructor for materials, knowledge and her precious time!  You may pay at the door.  No reservation is required. 

Please park in the LBCAP lot at 3012 Long Beach Blvd.  The class will be held in the Green Lab garden, located 1/2 block north – entrance through the alley.  Walk toward the Spring Street Farm and picnic area and turn left.  See you in the garden!!

Future Farmers and Urban Agriculture

Much of the soil study and mapping of the South Bay areas from Compton to Seal Beach has been researched specifically for soil responses during earthquakes. With lots of historical data from the Long Beach earthquake of 1933.  But the results give us the information we need from an agricultural perspective too.

The surface deposits are Quaternary.   The Pleistocene strata are mainly of marine origin and consist of slightly to moderately consolidated beds of silty sand, clayey sand, and sandy silt.

Up to 50 m of Holocene sediment occurs in the valleys eroded by streams. The upper parts of Holocene deposits usually are fine grained and consist mainly of unconsolidated to partly consolidated deposits of sand, silt, and some clay, mixed with estuarine and marsh deposits near the coastline.

Lense deposits composed of medium to coarse sand and gravel occur occasionally in upper Holocene but predominate at depths of 5–12 m in Holocene, which is designated as the Gaspur aguifer zone. Subjacent Tertiary sediments are composed of shale, siltstone, chert, and limestone.  At a depth of 2100 m in the southwest corner of area-the Tertiary section overlies the northwest-trending axis of Wilmington anticline, so that the depth to the basement ranges from 2100 m near Terminal Island to 6100 m near Compton.  West of the Newport-Inglewood fault zone, the Tertiary layers lie over the Catalina shist.

What does all of that mean?  Let’s find out!  I for one would love to talk to geologists about our soil, and understand the science of it all.  Our food safety and maximum production per square foot all begins with soil health.

The Soil Kitchen art installation in Philadelphia is a brilliant temporary project that we would love to make a more permanent feature at our Spring Street Farm Project.

This project was put together by the Futurefarmer collective of twelve individuals – a blend of artists, engineers, gardeners, scientists and illustrators—Futurefarmers has used civic art to respond to social, economic and political systems for nearly two decades, to discuss urban agriculture.  They tested over 350 soil samples from all over the city, discussed the results with EPA scientists and held work shops on a variety of topics such as how to build a wind turbine and composting.  Fascinating!

Agriculture has been pushed out of our urban areas for decades and people are beginning to recognize the value of welcoming it back in to our midst. We should do everything we can do to help move this process forward.  Please join this site for information about future soil events….and please let me know if you would like to be a part of the LB Soil Study group…I would welcome partners in this effort!!