SMARTS Farm is sharing the spirit of the season at its new home in downtown’s East Village neighborhood. As the community’s only non-profit urban garden, SMARTS Farm actively gives back year-round, connecting nearby residents, families and underserved youth to gardening practices and academic enrichment programs.
On Saturday, December 17th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., SMARTS Farm is inviting neighborhood friends and local San Diego families to take part in their Holiday Open House. Learn, grow and give back as the non-profit opens its garden doors for a morning filled with holiday horticulture and winter wreath making alongside a line up of family-oriented festivities and education. The event is open to the public and is free to attend, with a $5 suggested donation for adult participation. All proceeds directly benefit SMARTS Farm’s future neighborhood garden projects and youth enrichment programs.
Holiday Open House Activities to Include:
DIY wreath making
Holiday tree decorating
Kid-friendly holiday arts & crafts
Hands-on winter gardening class led by expert Jim Horacek of Armstrong Garden Centers
Complimentary hot cocoa & garden fresh pizzas from SMARTS Farm’s on-site coal-fired oven.
About SMARTS Farm
Since its inception in Spring of 2013, SMARTS Farm, a non-profit urban garden and learning center, has become an instrumental building block to a formerly park poor community—connecting nearby residents, families and underserved youth to gardening practices and academic enrichment programs that encourage conservation of natural resources. SMARTS Farm has established a record of success—engaging more than 3,000 underserved youth, ages 5-18, through garden exploration and art initiatives, hosting 150+ programs including multi-day educational classes and one-day field trips, and partnering with over a dozen local schools and organizations including e3 Civic High, Father Joe’s Villages and the San Diego Padres to educate, promote life skills and self-esteem to a younger generation. In November of 2016, SMARTS Farm found new roots within the Makers Quarter neighborhood on the corner of 13th Street and Broadway in East Village. The farm’s new home welcomes the addition of community events, evening performances, lunches and meetings. An on-site farm stand will sell fresh produce daily, and a new chicken coop will provide a home for the farm’s flock to lay fresh eggs. In addition to its expanded youth programs, SMARTS Farm plans to host a variety of family fun days and special holiday events that are open to the public.