The Growing Experience
October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
On October 22, the local chapters of the AIA and USGBC co-hosted “The Growing Experience,” a panel and tour dedicated to urban farms in our communities. Michael Bohn, principal at Studio One Eleven, was one of four presenters at the event which also featured Kathleen Irvine, farm manager of New City School; Jimmy Ng, project manager of The Growing Experience; and Jeffrey Biben, architect of Carmelitos Urban Garden.
Presenting to AIA and USGBC members, students and supporters of urban farming, the panel focused on the role of architecture in urban farms. The presentation was followed by a tour of The Growing Experience, an active seven-acre urban farm located in north Long Beach within the Carmelitos Housing Development. The farm is operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and food is made available to the community and local restaurants through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.
“Over the last several decades we have seen a growing interest in community farming, particularly in the consumption of local organic produce,” said Bohn, who led our design effort on the New City Urban Farm. “With 16 community gardens and farms in Long Beach, there is a great opportunity to not only create a place for harvesting produce, but also make sure that the farms are properly weaved into the community through good design.”
The tour covered some of the latest advancements on the farm, including vertical gardening techniques essential for a community that has found a need to harvest beyond the existing seven acres. The Growing Experience is also on the verge of raising fish for human consumption. Tanks are in place, including filtration through plan material.