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Fairplex Snapshot: Farm Crops

One of the best parts about having an urban farm in Los Angeles County? The weather is pretty warm all year long, meaning we always have crops in season. Menus at our hotel restaurant, McKinley’s Grille, and our catering offerings at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center are based on which crops are in…

Fairplex Embraces Aquaponics System

Aquaponics System at The Farm We love The Farm at Fairplex. Besides being one of the most peaceful places on our grounds, this place is LIFE and constantly changing. We’ve shown you the crops, the lovely animals and now we want to explain the purpose of our aquaponics system. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (the raising of…

Urban Farming: Our new pond!

Our Farm team is constantly experimenting with various urban farming methods, one of the latest being aquaponics. We started work on our above-ground fish pond a couple months ago and it is now fully functioning! The pond connects to our Agustin lettuce culture crop, which is being grown in DIY plant tubes. Eventually our fish…

Urban Farming: Fairplex Hydroponics

Growing an urban farm like ours takes a little creativity and a lot of agricultural know how. Thankfully we have plenty of both! While the majority of our crops are grown traditionally, we practice many farming techniques. We covered vertical farming in a couple months back and now we’re taking a look at our hydroponics…

Infographic: Sustainability on The Farm

ICYMI, we covered a few of our water preservation and energy saving techniques that we use out at The Farm on a daily basis. We thought it would be fun to convert some additional facts into an infographic. Check it out! For more information on The Farm at Fairplex and our environmental footprint please visit…

Urban Farming: Water Preservation

It’s no secret that The Farm at Fairplex is sustainability-conscious. We make an effort to make all our systems as energy-efficient and resource-savvy as possible, including the way we regulate irrigation. Beneath the peaceful exterior of The Farm lies intricate sustainability systems  Along with our vertical farming system, we also use a state-of-the-art weather reactive…

A farm-fresh Thanksgiving at McKinley’s Grille

McKinley’s Grille is whipping up a delicious feast for Thanksgiving dinner. We can’t wait for the smells of roasted turkey, candied yams and house baked pumpkin pie to come wafting through the air. www.mckinleysgrille.com Many of our dishes will be made with ingredients selected fresh from our Farm! With the new expansion we are able…

Urban Farming

Sheraton Fairplex is home to McKinley’s Grille, a restaurant specializing in “farm-fresh cuisine” grown at our on-site urban farm. Berries, apples, grapes, herbs, leafy greens, peppers, broccoli, squash and a number of other fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown throughout the year. Fairplex isn’t the only event center moving towards the locally grown as a…