Photo obtained from the Farm + Food Lab website

If you haven’t visited the Farm + Food Lab at the Great Park, we encourage you to check it out!

Through a partnership with the City of Irvine, the Farm + Food Lab is a collaborative project from the University of California Continuing Education Master Gardeners of Orange County and the Solutions for Urban Agriculture to educate Irvine residents about gardening, inspire innovative and unique farming ideas, and facilitate a thriving community of people working together to build a more sustainable future.

The facility offers an interactive outdoor classroom for visitors of all ages, featuring numerous agricultural methods, hands-on exhibits, and learning gardens. It’s the perfect place for beginners to obtain the knowledge they need to start their own gardens.  And those who already have a thriving garden at home can become volunteers.

The Farm + Food Lab is also home to Hart’s Worm Farm, which is the working arm behind We Compost — a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to promoting onsite composting and the benefits of composting (cleans the air and water, builds soil, and adds life).  The tri-colored composting symbol (shown on the right) communicates the elements needed to make compost (blue represents air & water, brown represents carbon, and green represents nitrogen).

Note: The farm is currently in need of organic, non-gmo food scraps to feed their worms.  If you want to help, please bring your food scraps to the drop-off bin just outside the gate of the Farm + Food Lab, near the bathrooms.  The drop-off bin is available 24/7.

All produce grown at the Farm + Food Lab is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Not only is the Farm + Food Lab donating all produce grown at the facility to families in need, their farmers are addressing food security issues in Irvine by providing residents with the knowledge, seeds, and encouragement to grow their own food at home.

Irvine Community News & Views urges our readers to support this critical project by volunteering at the Farm + Food Lab and/or donating to their continued success.

The Farm + Food Lab is open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

To learn more about the Farm + Food Lab as well as the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines at the facility, visit their website by clicking here.

ICNV Staff