Learning Opportunities in The Farm at Fairplex

Ever since our five-acre expansion, The Farm at Fairplex has served as a real-life classroom for students of all ages. Keep reading to see what programs you can join this summer:

Photo Mar 15 9 42 17 AM 300x225 Learning Opportunities in The Farm at Fairplex Farm Field Trips: K-12 students are invited to take a field trip to The Farm. Students have the opportunity to learn about urban farming, animals, crops, product and farm economics, and the importance of nutritious, wholesome food. It’s a great way to introduce students to California’s rich agricultural past!

All our field trips include educational hands-on activities and are aligned with California Core Common Standards. For more information on our field trips, including registration info, availability and cost, click here.

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Residents can learn how to remove turf from their yard and replace it with drought-tolerant plants. Topics include design considerations, soil preparation, irrigation systems and garden maintenance.

Classes are FREE, but registration is required. Choose between Friday, July 21, 6 – 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Click here to register.

For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, including upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and our history, visit us at Fairplex.com/Farm.

New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex!

Our summer crops are doing great in The Farm at Fairplex! Five acres of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and our team is busy harvesting already. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks:

Our Farm team has been busy drying a number of fruits and vegetables for future use. The combi ovens are being used to dry peaches and nectarines, which will eventually be used for chili sauce and chili peach chips.

Fairplex Farm peaches New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex! We’re also drying radishes, white turnips, daikon and Nero Tondo radishes. We’re soaking them in a simple marinade of teriyaki sauce, red wine vinegar, tumeric, cayenne pepper flakes and leftover peach and nectarine juice from our previous efforts at slicing and dying. Delicious!

Fairplex Farm radishes New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex!

Fairplex Farm peppers 225x300 New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex! In our nursery we’re growing a variety of herbs and vegetables: peppers, eggplants, cinnamon yams, sweet, purple, cinnamon Thai and lemon basil, chives and others.

We’ll be selling them to the public for $1.50 each! The Farm will be open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. but please call us first at (909) 630-6965 to ensure availability.

These are just a few of the activities happening in The Farm right now. Add to that our Farm Dinners, the chickens, rabbits, turkey and quail, not to mention our preparations for the Fair and we have a full plate! Check back soon for more updates on our urban farm, or you can learn more at fairplex.com/farm!

Field Trips on The Farm

We started hosting field trips in The Farm a couple years ago and haven’t stopped since!

This week we had the pleasure of hosting Upland High School students. It was fun to see them explore our urban farm and learn more about agriculture, horticulture and the culinary industry.

Fairplex TLC FieldTrips cooking4 1024x768 Field Trips on The Farm Our very own Chef David Teig took time out of his day to teach students on the importance of good food, and taught them how to make Farm vegetable pizzas using our Farm kitchen facilities.

All in all, a fun day for everyone!

To learn more about our Farm Field Trip offerings, click here.

Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more

The warm weather is back this weekend! Soak in the sun’s rays and check out one (or more!) of these events happening at Fairplex this weekend:

pexels photo 30 1024x682 Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 19 & 20): The annual 48th District Schools’ Ag & Nutrition Fair is ending this weekend. We recommend checking it out while you’re here! See thousands of student exhibits and projects about the importance of agriculture and nutrition in everyday life. Admission is FREE. More info available at Fairplex.com.

So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo (May 20): We’re very excited to welcome the So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo to Fairplex this Saturday! Sample all the delicious BBQ competition entries, listen to live music, attend cooking demos and workshops and sip on ice cold craft beer (for the 21+ crowd!) Kids 11 & under get in free — and there are plenty of fun kids’ activities for them to enjoy. For more information, including tickets, hours and a schedule of events, visit SoCalBBQBash.com.

SoCal Sports Club Soccer Game (May 20): The Southern California Sports Club returns to The Fields at Fairplex to play against the City of Angels FC Saturday night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. More info here.

SoCal MFA Exhibition Opening Reception (May 20):The SoCal MFA Exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center features nearly 50 MFA students from San Diego to Santa Barbara in varying media. We invite you to join us for the opening reception on Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition is open May 20 – June 10 on weekends; admission is free. For more information regarding our MFA exhibition click here.

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K (May 21): Closing out the weekend is the Los Angeles Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K on Sunday morning. While registration is closed now, you can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and their other events here.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Like we said earlier this week, May is a busy month for us and we’re excited to get going. Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

April Farm Dinner Menu Announced

We take the farm-to-table movement to the next level with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series! Guests of this unique dining experience watch our chefs select vegetables, fruits and herbs straight from our crops for a truly authentic farm-to-table dinner.

farm dinner 1024x588 April Farm Dinner Menu Announced Each dinner is paired with wine, spirits or local craft beer. Our next event (Friday, April 7) features selections from Banfi Wines. Take a look at the menu:

Cocktails at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.


FIRST COURSE

Charred cardoon, easter egg radish, shaved fennel, tatsoi, burnt honey and miso vinaigrette
San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana 2015

SECOND COURSE
Wood fire roasted white seabass, dried lemongrass butter, arancia cauliflower, micro arugula
La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana 2015

THIRD COURSE
Brioche, leek stuffed jidori chicken, romanesco, crispy spigarello, star anise jus
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Castello 2011

FOURTH COURSE
Coffee crusted smoked beef tenderloin, vanilla bean parsnip puree, braised mustard greens
Belnero Toscana IGT Castello 2013

DESSERTS
Dark chocolate pots du creme, lemon balm and loquat chutney, 2017 farm olive oil, maldon sea salt
ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2013

Pricing:
$95 prepaid
$110 at the door
$150 Chef Table experience, limit of 4 seats
All prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity.

If you wish to join us for our upcoming Farm Dinner, please call McKinley’s Grille at (909) 868-5915 to make your reservation. We’d love to have you!

More information on our Farm Dinners can be found here.

Weekend Recap: Learning & playing

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Spring in The Farm
Our annual celebration of all things agriculture was a huge success! More than 1,000 guests of all ages visited The Farm at Fairplex and learned about the ins and outs of one of America’s largest industries. From animals to food tastings, gardening workshops to hay baling demonstrations, the fun and learning were non-stop all day.



Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED
Meanwhile in Expo Hall 4, learning of a different — bigger — scope was taking place in the form of life-size dinosaurs, fossil digs and prehistoric fun for the kids. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED provided the perfect blend of entertainment and education as guests went back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.



SoCal Sports Club Soccer Match
Fairplex has soccer fields! That’s right — we’ve revamped part of our infield into gorgeous grassy fields perfect for soccer. Soccer team Southern California Sports Club (SCSC) now calls Fairplex their home turf, and they had their first ever home game Saturday night against the Riverside Coras.

Although SCSC lost to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Southwest Conference leaders Deportivo Coras 2-1, the game was exciting to the very end on both sides.

We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Snapshot: Spring in The Farm

We’re celebrating all things agriculture today in The Farm at Fairplex! We take pride in being a part of the American agriculture industry and today we’re opening our gates to the community for a first-hand look at life in an urban farm. Check it out:

Check out our Instagram story for more pics + vids! For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, The Learning Centers at Fairplex and all other programs associated with our campus. visit us at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Dinos, soccer and ag oh my!

Say hello to the weekend! See what’s happening on our campus:

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Spring in The Farm (March 25): We’re celebrating American agriculture at our annual Spring in The Farm event. Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening. Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Southern California Sports Club (March 25): Did you know we have soccer fields at Fairplex? Located near the old barns, the fields are now officially home to the Southern California Sports Club. Watch their first home match Saturday night, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. against the Riverside Coras. Tickets are $10 per person, parking available at prevailing rates. For more info click here.

Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): We’re going back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 24 – 26): The Art of Dreams opened to the public at the beginning of the month and will continue its run through the end of March. You can visit the gallery (Millard Sheets Art Center) Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. We are always impressed by the talent and creativity of the high school students who participate every year. We highly recommend walking through if you have the time!

If you’re hanging out with us this weekend, make sure you tag @fairplex and use #fairplex on your social media posts. We’d love to see our campus through your eyes!

For more information on all current and upcoming events at Fairplex, visit us at fairplex.com.