Farm + Food Lab, Agriculture

Farm + Food Lab

The Farm + Food Lab is a unique and interactive outdoor classroom for visitors of all ages, featuring themed raised-bed gardens, fruit trees, vertical gardening, a chicken coop, a worm compost bin and solar and wind-powered lights. It is a working and dynamic organic horticulture area with a mission to educate visitors about gardening, inspire innovative and unique ideas and facilitate a thriving community of people working in partnership.  Visitors can experience the Pizza and Spaghetti Garden or Butterfly Garden, witness a brood of hens provide eggs, or take a class on pickling or canning. Open seven days a week and staffed by University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, the Farm + Food Lab is the perfect place to enhance your gardening knowledge or learn the basics about starting your first garden.

Hours & Directions:
Open daily, weather and safety permitting

Monday–Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.*

*Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Free Parking and Admission

Farmers Market

The certified Great Park Farmers Market showcases the best local farmers have to offer each week on Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  All fruits and vegetables sold are grown by local farmers and prepared-food vendors, artisans, and live entertainment surround this busy weekly event. Health clinics, nutritional seminars and author meet-ups also are part of the Farmers Market on a monthly basis.

Hours & Directions:
Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., weather permitting
Free Parking and Admission
Note: The Farmers Market opens at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of the month.

Great Park Farm

Before it became a military air base, the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was the largest lima bean field in North America. Seventy years later, the rich soil of El Toro is giving life to the Great Park Farm.

The Great Park Farm produces healthy, organically grown produce, which is sold at the Sunday Farmers Market and donated to local food banks. Through the Park Without Borders Program, fresh produce have been given to needy families. This certified organic farm is operated by OC Produce, a third-generation Orange County farming company run by AG Kawamura, the former California Secretary of Agriculture.

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