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“Urban Farm with a Farm stand and GREAT tours and Education”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fairview Gardens

Fairview Gardens
Ranked #7 of 31 things to do in Goleta
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Owner description: Come visit the farm! Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is one of the oldest organic farms in southern California and preserved for all to enjoy. Fairview Gardens is a non-profit organization and plays a unique role in the community, providing its neighbors with food, educational events, and a connection to the land. Pack a picnic, visit our farm stand, and take a self-guided tour through our fruit orchards and open space. Bring a camera and get ready for some delicious fun.
Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Urban Farm with a Farm stand and GREAT tours and Education”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

I appreciate Fairview gardens as a local urban farm. I attended a field to plate farm tour cooking demonstration that was interesting & fun

Visited September 2011
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English first
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Summer day camp at Fairview Gardens”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

This place is an oasis among suburban Goleta. My 7 year old daughter had an amazing experience at their summer camp, planting seedlings, making strawberry jam, feeding the goats, playing in the avocado tree orchard, and doing arts and crafts by using plants from the farm The philosophy of the 110 plus year old organic farm is so wonderful, and we were lucky to be able to bring her for the week. If we lived closer, we would bring her more than a week.

Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Kuidaosumi
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Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Go Organic!”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Fresh from the fields nearby, it doesn't get any more healthy than this. They have the best cauliflower, in season. And strawberries to die for. yum.

Visited January 2012
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1 Thank L. K
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Huntington Beach, California
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Self Guided (Self Motivated)”
Reviewed 22 October 2011

There is an array of beautiful crops that greet visitors as soon as you exit your automobile. Unfortunately, the beauty of the farm doesn't expand beyond the beautiful frontal crops. The remainder of the farm consists of odd looking yurts which people live in, an eerie farmhouse, free range chickens, and less than glamorous vegetation. It was ultimately a disappointing experience as it was completely self guided, and the guide was about ten pages of helpful information, in Spanish.

Visited October 2011
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Santa Monica, CA
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2 reviews
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“10 Acres of food as an Artform.”
Reviewed 13 April 2010

I recently attended a Sunday lunch and tour at Fairview Gardens. The farm is small, all organic, and the staff seems more like a family than workers. The menu was extensive, as orchestrated by local chef Erik Stenberg. 90% of the fare was grown on their property and supplemented with food (such as dates and raisins) from other local farms. Some menu items were Raw Kale-walnut date salad; Lemon-marinated kohlrabi with fava beans; and Roasted beets with farm eggs, olive oil green onion, and candied lemon peel!

The conversation during the meal was stimulating, and I found I was in company with many like-minded individuals. We exchanged thoughts on food preparation all the way to food politics. Additionally, I am a raw foodist and found there to be plenty for me to eat in the meal (as well as vegan options- everything was vegetarian).

I had an incredible time and am looking forward to more farm Sunday lunches. I hear there is acoustic music in mind in the future, as well as another diverse menu.

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