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.

March at Fairplex

march March at Fairplex Wait, it’s already March?! Somehow the past two months have flown by and here we are, at the start of the third month in 2017. Keeping reading to see which events may interest you:

2017 BHKC Logo final A 239x300 March at Fairplex Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show (March 4 & 5):

The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show is filming at Fairplex THIS weekend! The show itself will debut on USA Network on Easter Sunday (April 16).

You can watch it on TV… or you can be at the taping itself! Spectators are welcome to come to the show and see more than 1,000 purebred dogs compete for Best in Show and other categories. More info here.

 

Fairplex Events ArtReach logo 300x119 March at Fairplex ArtReach 2017: The Art of Dreams (March 4-26): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this month! The theme: Dreams. We’re very excited to see what paintings, sculptures, photos and other pieces of art these talented students have created.The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony is this Saturday, with the gallery open Fridays – Sundays March 5-26 in the afternoons. More info available at millardsheetsartcenter.org!

Fairplex Events SpringintheFarm 300x259 March at Fairplex Spring in The Farm (March 25): Warmer weather means more outdoor fun at The Farm! 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.

Fairplex Events Dinosaurs thumbnail March at Fairplex Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): Dinosaurs are coming to Fairplex at the end of March! 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.

Other Events: We also have the BrideWorld Expo (March 5), Pomona Swap Meet (March 5), The Big Spring Home & Garden Show (March 10 -12), Insane Inflatable 5K (March 11), Palates & Palettes (March 11) and Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19) returning to Fairplex this month.

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

Fairplex Snapshot: Filming Things Green at The Farm!

The Farm at Fairplex is home to many things: farm-to-table dinners, agriculture classes, field trips, weddings… and it’s also one of the places where Nick Federoff films his Things Green show for PBS! Today’s topic: the California drought.

Our Farm keeps water-efficiency a top priority at all times, from using vertical crops to the way we do irrigation. Our horticulturist Don Delano weighed in on best practices for sustainability and what we’ve done to reduce water during the drought.

You can watch this Things Green episode and others Monday-Friday and Saturdays on KLCS Channel 58!

To learn more about Things Green click here.

To learn more about The Farm at Fairplex click here.

Life On The Farm

The Farm at Fairplex has expanded greatly over the years. In 2014 we grew from a one to five-acre Farm, which now includes a kitchen, new crops, learning opportunities and foodie events. Here’s a quick look at what we’re up to this month:

Chef’s Potluck
About once a month we host a Chef’s Potluck, where chefs, sommeliers and other industry experts cook for one another and share ideas, best practices and community. They had a great turnout this past weekend:

New Crops & Food Projects
We’re constantly growing new crops and harvesting ripe ones. Last week our volunteers and Farm staff produced about 100 pounds of pomelo hoja santa marmalade in the kitchens. They also made kimchi using fresh Kohlrabi and Yellow-star carrots.

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Livestock
Our chickens are also doing wonderfully well! We recently welcomed Turkin and American Bresse chicks into the world.

Field Trips
With a new year comes new opportunities for learning! We started up our field trip program again at the start of 2017 and look forward to teaching new students about urban farm life and the basics of agriculture.

These are just a few of the things happening out in The Farm. We’ll be starting our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series again in March, and our Career & Technical Education Center agriculture / horticulture classes will be using the facilities for on-hands learning.

Stay tuned for future updates! You can learn more about our Farm at Fairplex projects at fairplex.com/farm.

Fairplex Weekender: Roadsters & Gardening

Wait… how is it already the last weekend of January? Time sure flies when you’re having a good time (and we’ve been having a blast!) Here’s how we’re ending the month:

Fairplex Events GNRS expohall Fairplex Weekender: Roadsters & Gardening Grand National Roadster Show

Grand National Roadster Show (now – Jan 29): The 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show is in full swing. We can hear the doo-wop music and see some of the vendors and vehicles from our offices. More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards, and another few hundred will join in the fun on Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In! If you’re an auto enthusiast, this is a must-do. More info at fairplex.com.

FREE Farm Gardening Workshop (Jan. 28): The Learning Centers at Fairplex is hosting a free gardening workshop this Saturday in partnership with the LA County Smart Gadening Program, CA Farm Water Coalition and The Farm at Fairplex. Learn how to use composting and grass cycling to create a healthy, water-savvy garden! More info here.

Public Auction (Now – Jan. 28): The US Public Auction is auctioning off cars, trucks, vans and more at our White Ave. lot. Admission and parking are free at Gate 23 on Arrow Hwy.
Have a great weekend! Make sure to tag us on social media if you visit us!

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Fairplex Weekend Recap: LA Boat Show + Farm Projects

We had a great weekend at Fairplex, despite the heavy torrents of rain that hit us Friday and Sunday. Here’s what we had happening on campus:

Los Angeles Boat Show
The Los Angeles Boat Show was reigning king this weekend as guests shopped kayaks, cruisers, jet skis, catamarans and more.


It may have been overcast outside but just one brief walk through the LA Boat Show and we were daydreaming of sunny days at Lake Havasu and leisurely trips on the Pacific Ocean.

Farm at Fairplex Projects
Meanwhile out on The Farm, our volunteers and Farm kitchen staff were busy canning, planning and taking care of our livestock.

We started our weekend by infusing small batch liqueurs. They’re now all set to go for the next Chef’s Potluck Dinner on The Farm.

We were also busy canning the last of our San Marzano green tomatoes in a miso pickle base.

Fairplex Farm greentomatoes Fairplex Weekend Recap: LA Boat Show + Farm Projects Fairplex Farm greentomatoes2 Fairplex Weekend Recap: LA Boat Show + Farm Projects In addition to all of this, we also sorted and cleaned Turkish eggplants. These will be prepped to try into an eggplant jerky. Stay tuned to see how that turns out.

Fairplex Farm eggplant Fairplex Weekend Recap: LA Boat Show + Farm Projects All in all it was a productive and fun weekend, rain or no rain. That being said, we’re definitely looking forward to clear skies and a gorgeous view of the mountains in the days ahead!

For more information on Fairplex, The Farm and upcoming events, visit us at Fairplex.com.

Did you stop by this weekend? Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on Instagram!

FREE Gardening Workshop on The Farm!

A core focus at Fairplex is to provide a wealth of learning opportunities for our diverse community. One of the ways we do this is through educational programs, like our upcoming gardening workshop!

Fairplex Events gardenworkshop2 FREE Gardening Workshop on The Farm! Learn backyard composting, water-savvy gardening, worm composting and grass cycling. This workshop is being offered by the Los Angeles Smart Gardening Program.

If you would like to join us, please RSVP by Jan. 25th to Barbara Tuyen at (909) 865-4638 or tuyen@fairplex.com.

This event is in partnership with the 48th District Agricultural Association, The Learning Centers at Fairplex and The Farm at Fairplex.

Cheers to another year of learning!