Exploring Urban Farming: Tanaka Farms

Over the long weekend, I had the chance to check out an urban farm in Irvine, just a short drive from my hometown in La Mirada. We arrived early in the morning to beat the crowd for the Strawberry Festival at Tanaka Farms, which is a multi-generational family run farm and produce stand open to the public. They are devoted to sustainable farming and educating people on how produce is grown, how it is harvested, and how we can all be more responsible eaters! Here are some more photos from my day on the farm:

All in all, it was an adorable farm, an excellent way to spend a slow Saturday morning, and an easy way to pick my own fresh berries, check out some local, raw honey, and most importantly, realize how easy it is to build urban farms- we just need to be willing to do it! For more about urban farms and the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zoning policy in SoCal, check out here and here.

Easy ways to live greener

Sustainability can seem like a Big Idea that doesn’t fit into your daily life. When you’re trying to get through Monday without tripping on air and spilling your oatmeal in the middle of Starbucks (haha, just hypothetically), recycling the oatmeal container is the last thing on your mind. Here are some really simple/cool start up ventures I’ve come across that apply sustainability concepts to every day consumer goods- all you need to do is use them!

Nohbo Drops
A Shark Tank venture, Nohbo offers biodegradable shampoos and conditioners in a cute raindrop shape. It’s both aesthetic and reduces plastic consumption. Check it out here: http://www.nohbodrops.com/about/

These are spoons made out of grains and hot water- you can eat them after you’re done with your meal, or simply throw them out in your garden/outside of the Starbucks where you lost your self-pride after use. Comes in flavorless or in Savory/Sweet: http://www.bakeys.com/product-category/products/

Imperfect Produce
20 billion pounds of produce go to waste in the U.S. annually simply because they don’t look good enough to be displayed on your Trader Joe’s shelves. Imperfect Produce reduces food waste by delivering these ~born this way~ fruits and veggies at a reasonable price per box to your doorstep. Check them out here: https://www.imperfectproduce.com/food-waste-101

….and that’s it for this post. tldr; you don’t have to be a hardcore hippie to be an eco-hero (aka Not An Asshole). Switch out things you use every day for natural alternatives!