Cultivating gardens and community at LA’s first edible-only organic nursery and supply store.
It’s rare to come across a neighborhood business as organic as Fig Earth Supply located along N. Figueroa Street in Northeast LA.
Owner Conor Fitzpatrick started building his own raised garden beds 15 years ago. A raised bed is a plot of soil put on top of the native soil or a non-dirt surface. Think of it as a really big flowerpot. The number one reason raised beds are planted is because of poor soil quality. There are other advantages to raised beds, such as: more control over the soil quality specific to the items you want to plant; the soil is less compacted than the ground; raised beds require less maintenance over time than traditional garden beds; and, raised beds warm up faster than the earth making early garden planting more realistic in colder climates.
Wanting to share his passion with others, in 2008 Conner started MinifarmBox, custom cedar-raised beds and planters for gardeners who are inspired to grow their own food.
On March 5th of this year, Fitzpatrick opened Fig Earth Supply, a weekends-only nursery pop-up that offers organic edible seedlings, soil, fertilizer, pots, planters, tools and just about anything else an organic gardener could need.
Conner started hosting Crop Swap/Food Truck Saturday’s back in August, which have become a wildly successful community driven outdoor summer event.
Neighbors from all around the Northeast LA area (and beyond) are invited to bring their homegrown produce, herbs, flowers or eggs and take whatever items they would like home with them in exchange.
There’s a wide array of yummy items to choose from, including peppers…
…fresh farm eggs…
…lots of interesting herbs…
…and even tobacco.
The courtyard is filled with family style tables and benches custom built by Conner himself.
Farmer’s Belly Food Truck brings a true Farm-to-Table taste with a unique blend of all-organic ingredients and food made with love. Their Pretzel Bun Truffle Burgers are to die for.
As the sun goes down, the space is transformed.
Great people, good music and tasty libations (which you are free to bring) come together to create a perfect SoCal summer evening.
Crop Swap and Food Truck Saturday’s at Fig Earth Supply are scheduled to continue through October. This week’s event will include free flower-arrangements courtesy of ‘floral event specialist‘ Katie Wilhelm of Berry Branch Floral Design and live music from the super-talented-singer-songwriter, Kate Bass. So if you’re interested in learning more about edible gardens or just want to meet up with some pretty amazing folks while enjoying good food and refreshing drinks, come on out to Fig Earth Supply this Saturday and have an organic evening with your friends and neighbors.