The Growing Experience is a 7-acre urban farm and community garden located within the Carmelitos Housing Development that provides fresh produce and safe green space. The community garden has been serving the Carmelitos community for over 20 years. In 2008, the Growing Experience was established and transitioned the site into an urban farm with programs and a farm stand available to the community. With 4 acres of farm land and 3 acres of community garden, including 60 raised garden plots and a variety of free programs, the Growing Experience is dedicated to making sustainability and fresh produce accessible in a park-poor area of North Long Beach.
The Growing Experience farms over 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs through organic and aquaponic agriculture methods. The aquaponic system has over 100 vertical towers with two 650-gallon fish tanks, and produces 20lbs of greens per week including herbs and lettuce greens. The Growing Experience distributes approximately 100 pounds of produce every week through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription box. The CSA box is available for pick-up for $20 and contains 8 to 10 seasonal fruits and vegetables and one herb. The Growing Experience is also home to a farm stand that provides fresh, organic produce every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.*
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the farm will be closed until further notice as a safety precaution. Compost may be deposited in marked bins outside the gate. The farm stand and CSA will be cancelled until further notice.