JJCPA first harvest pic
CSA pick up 7-12
Molina Healthcare Volunteer Day Pic 3

WELCOME TO THE GROWING EXPERIENCE!

We are a 7-acre urban farm located in North Long Beach, California, within the Carmelitos public housing development, which is operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.  TGE is a resource serving the residents of Carmelitos as well as the greater Los Angeles-Long Beach community. Programs and activities showcase environmental sustainability, such as our aquaponics system which produces three to four times more fresh produce than traditional growing methods in a smaller footprint. Further, we are proud of our efforts in water/resource conservation, and research/implementation of new technologies to increase productivity.  We look forward to future opportunities to expand the scope of services offered, while keeping on pace with agricultural technologies.

Contact Us


Holly Carpenter, Program Manager
The Growing Experience
Housing Authority of the 
County of Los Angeles

Mailing Address:
1000 Via Wanda St.
Long Beach, CA 90805

Farm Address:
750 Via Carmelitos
Long Beach, CA 90805 (Map)

Phone: (562) 984-2917
Fax: (562) 984-9549
Email: Holly.Carpenter@hacola.org



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CSA Program
CSA Program

What is Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)?  CSA Subscriber Agreement

The CSA subscription consists of a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly pick-up of a box of vegetables and fruits grown at our farm in Long Beach.  Varieties of produce depend on what is seasonally available and includes heirloom and unusual types not typically found in supermarkets because of short shelf life or difficulty transporting.

The box contains high-quality fresh vegetables and fruit grown locally using sustainable and ecologically sound practices, reducing “food miles” and pollution caused by transportation of the produce.  A subscriber benefits from a close consumer-producer relationship, eliminating the middle-man, and an awareness of where the food actually comes from.

Each box will contain between 6-10 varieties of seasonally fresh produce.

How does it work?  

Choose from a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly subscription, available for $20 per weekly pickup.

Pickup Times: 

Thursdays 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Fridays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
 
How do I sign up?  

Please complete the subscriber agreement and return to The Growing Experience, along with payment for your subscription. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt.

Recent Events

11/20/15  Community Food Forest Volunteer Day – Employees from Senn Delaney, a culture-shaping firm in Huntington Beach, CA, volunteered their time to help with installing native plants and drip irrigation at TGE’s new Community Food Forest.

10/29/15 Visit from Will Allen of Growing Power – Participants from throughout Southern California convened to discuss the state of composting, food waste reclamation, and developing a pilot composting project for the Carmelitos Housing Community.

10/25/15 - Dia de Los Verdes – TGE hosted the 2nd Annual Dia de Los Verdes festival, which showcased all things green and sustainable, in a daylong celebration that opened with folklorico dancers, featured live music, local food trucks, farm stand, and altars with environmental sustainability themes. TGE received official proclamation for National Food Day in Long Beach from Mayor Robert Garcia.

Onsite Programs

Aquaponics & Vertical Towers Growing System - Raising of fish and leafy greens in a closed-loop system, in which liquid fish waste provides nutrients for plants growing in vertical towers. System maximizes use of vertical space, and provides training opportunities for youth and young adults in afterschool and summer programs.

Farm-to-Preschool Program - Funding from Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) to introduce fresh food literacy, healthy snacks, and story time at the farm to preschool students attending the Carmelitos Headstart program.

Farmstand - Weekly mobile produce stand in which fruits and vegetables grown onsite are transported in front of the Carmelitos senior complex and sold at affordable cost so elderly and handicapped residents have increased access to healthy food options.