In 2010, Sasha Kanno’s vision for a local food source became a reality when she transformed what used to be a trash dump in the Willow Gulch area into a one-acre biointensive farm. For more information about Kanno and Farm Lot 59’s beginnings, read the Long Beach Post article here.
With the farm’s first harvest in June of 2012, Farm Lot 59, also known as Long Beach Local, an agriculture-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, has grown to focus on training farmers and educating residents about urban farming, while at the same time providing several restaurants and retailers in the City with fresh food.
The organization houses pastured hens for egg production, grows vegetables, fruit and edible flowers without using pesticides, herbicides or chemicals. Farm Lot 59 provides jobs and practices organic and biodynamic principles with the ultimate goal of making a difference in the local and global community, by strengthening the connection between farmer and consumer.
The nonprofit is now in need of an upgrade to continue providing Long Beach with a sustainable food option and has partnered with Restauration to host an “Urban Brunch” series, the second of which will take place on Sunday, April 26, the third on May 17 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM, to raise funds to upgrade the organization’s greenhouse, replenish its seedbank for 2015 and to continue upkeep and maintenance through the spring.
“Considering we supply produce to several restaurants and retailers in Long Beach, our greenhouse is in desperate need of upgrading,” Farm Lot 59 founder Sasha Kanno said in a statement. “We’re excited to offer this unique way to raise the funds needed to rebuild it by presenting a delicious brunch that neighbors, friends and family can take part in.”
Dana Robertson, owner of Restauration, added, “We have been buying produce from Farm Lot 59 since we opened last year and are proud to support this small farm.”
The three-course, farm-to-table style brunch will be curated and prepared by Restauration’s Chef Erick Simmons and served under the canopy on the Farm Lot 59 property. The menu will feature fresh eggs, produce and herbs provided by the lot, alongside sustainable seafood and artisan breads donated by family-owned businesses Ingardia Brothers and Crema Café. Seasonal sangria, craft beer and mimosas will be served with the meal.
According to the announcement, an additional “Urban Brunch” series at Farm Lot 59 will be hosted during the fall harvest season, as well.
Tickets are $65 for Farm Lot 59 members and $75 for non-members. Space is limited and tickets can be purchased on Restauration’s website here. To for the most up-to-date information, visit the Facebook event page, here.
Farm Lot 59 is located at 2714 California Ave. For more information, please call (562) 230-7207 or visit the website here.