Roughing it
Roughing it

Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner THIS SUNDAY!

Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) are not only another way to eat well, but they help local growers. The Growing Experience - An Urban Farm out of Long Beach is a CSA that sets up shop at Uptown farmers' market in Bixby Knolls every Thursday afternoon. However, what makes them unique is their joint collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.

Started in 1996, a vacant, seven-acre lot within the Carmelitos Housing Development was transformed to a fruit and vegetable garden. Crops are grown year-round without synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides. Residents with an interest in green industries and landscaping can hone in on their skills while participating in workshops and tours. This year marks the fifth anniversary of their autumn harvest event.

Featuring a chef lineup with names like David Coleman (Chianina, Michael's Pizzeria), Rich Mead, Dean Kim and Dave MacLennan of James Republic, this will be a labor of love. Guests will be served appetizers, agua frescas and a multi-course dinner (Note: They want you to BYOB!). The $95 price tag benefits The Growing Experience.

Due to fluctuating weather conditions this time of year, diners are welcomed to dress casually and bring a jacket. The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the urban farm. Inquiries are directed to Dana Buchanan at (562) 708-6998 and

The Growing Experience - An Urban Farm is located at 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach.

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