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.More »