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.

Fairplex Farm gardenclass 300x216 Learning Opportunities in The Farm at Fairplex Gardening Workshops: We’ve partnered with Green Media Creations to offer free community gardening classes this month!

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!

Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop

Fairplex plantdrop 300x266 Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop Last week 25 members from our leadership team joined Miguel Santana (our CEO) as we hand-delivered more than 400 plants from our Farm to our neighbors in celebration of Earth Day!

Taking care of the environment is a top priority for us, not only in The Farm at Fairplex, but throughout the rest of our 487-acre campus as well.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts here and here.

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.

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.

Happy National Ag Day!

2017AgDay 235x250 Happy National Ag Day! National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture and if you’ve ever visited our Farm you know we are all about ag!

Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in a day of appreciation for the agriculture in our nation.

We at Fairplex are proud to have a part in the history and future of American ag. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, our five-acre urban farm is home to numerous California specialty crops, animals, educational programs and field trips and other agricultural projects.

We’ll be celebrating this weekend at our community-centered Spring in The Farm event but for today, here’s a few photos of life in The Farm at Fairplex:

To learn how you can participate in National Ag Day by visiting agday.org.

Spring has arrived at Fairplex!

gg 576x1024 Spring has arrived at Fairplex! Spring has arrived at Fairplex, and nowhere is that more apparent than in The Farm. While it’s supposed to rain later this week, we’re too busy soaking up the warm rays and fresh air to worry too much.

New crops, new projects, healthy animals… there’s a lot of agricultural activity happening with the arrival of the new season and we look forward to seeing progress in the coming months!

To celebrate the new season, we’re inviting local communities to join us this Saturday for our annual event, Spring in The Farm. Enjoy the fresh spring weather and celebrate all things American agriculture.

Activities and workshops include: rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting, science projects, live animals, gardening workshops and more. The event is FREE and all local communities are invited. We hope to see you there!

For more information click here.