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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Fruitstitute’s Seasonal Fruit Tree Care Workshop at Heritage Square

Fruitstitute’s Seasonal Fruit Tree Care – Citrus 101

Learn the secret to growing juicy fruit in your own backyard!

This is a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in the art of backyard orcharding (growing fruit for non-commercial purposes). Workshops will be hosted in the Orchard at Heritage Square Museum, a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century.

The series is the only one of it’s kind in Los Angeles beginning with the Citrus Tree Care 101 workshop! Over the course of one year, we will cover seasonal care of citrus, stone fruit and pommes, which are the varieties at the museum orchard. Those who attend all workshops will gain a comprehensive education in backyard orcharding.

The bi-monthly series contains seven workshops covering backyard orchard care: Citrus Tree Care 101, Tree Selection and Planting, Weekend Pruning Intensive, Fruit Tree Nutrition and Citrus Pruning, Summer Pruning (May and July), Fall Tree Care and Winterizing.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Children are not advised to attend.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

*There will be 45 minute break for lunch. Please bring lunch. Water and snacks provided.
**Wear closed toed shoes and sunglasses.

Tickets can be purchased using this link

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Annenberg Space for Photography Hosts Photo Field Trip at Heritage Square

As a tie in with their new exhibition, Not an Ostrich: And Other Images From America’s Library, The Annenberg Space for Photography will be bringing one of their Photo Field Trips to Heritage Square on Wednesday, May 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The exhibition is the result of celebrated American photography curator Anne Wilkes Tucker’s excavation of nearly 500 images—out of a collection of over 14 million—permanently housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Spanning the history of photography and including popular travel views from the late 19th century, a trip to Heritage Square ties in well.

Ticket holders for the field trip will travel back in time to Victorian-age Los Angeles. The group will have exclusive access to shoot inside three of our historic homes as well as the grounds. Learn about the history of these buildings and the families who lived in them from Heritage Square docents, while capturing images that will truly send you back in time.

You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite. This is a rare opportunity you won’t want to miss!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Earth Day at the Ford House Kitchen Garden

Sunday, April 22 from 11am- 3pm

Celebrate Earth Day by helping us in the garden! Learn about companion planting, pollinators, worm composting and much more! This is a family friendly event, and we welcome all experience levels.

Nematodes and Companion Planting
Oh no! We have nematodes in our beet garden! Instead of using pesticides, learn how companion planting can help with reducing and eliminating unwanted pests.

Worm Composting
Making compost and adding it to our garden helps build the soil, which in turn produces healthy plants and veggies. It also reuses kitchen and garden waste that would normally end up in landfills. Even though we already have multiple compost piles, we need your help to build a worm bin! Worm castings are so beneficial for the garden that they are sometimes called “black gold!”

Help Plant the Bee and Butterfly Garden
One of our beds is now dedicated to attract pollinators to our garden. Come and help us fill out the bed with more plants and learn what you can plant in your own yard to help attract bees and butterflies.

Caldera Bees
Speaking about bees, come meet our local beekeepers from Caldera Bees. They’ve installed a beehive in our garden— learn about this particular species and how essential bees are to our food system.

If you can’t attend our event, but would like to volunteer in our garden or be added to our garden mailing list, please contact Neil at

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ford House Kitchen Garden Gives Back

On Saturday, January 27 during the regularly scheduled garden day, volunteers from Food Forward and Azusa Pacific University came and picked 34 boxes of oranges from our trees. We are grateful that our bounty will reach beyond Heritage Square.



Food Forward is a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

All of the fruit was distributed to some of the 150 agencies Food Forward  sends the produce they pick to.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Ford House Kitchen Garden please reach out to Jessica Rivas Acuña or check our events listings and Facebook page for information about upcoming garden days.


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Garden Days – January 13 & January 27

Join us from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our monthly Ford House Kitchen Garden work day on January 13 and January 27. The planting season is coming so we have added a second weekend to make sure all of the beds are ready to go.

The kitchen garden is representative of side yard gardens in the Victorian Era. Run by volunteers, ours features a variety of heirloom fruits vegetables, and herbs. Crops get switched out seasonally so there are always new things to see.

You are welcome to bring your family and friends no matter their skill level, tools and instruction will be provided. We suggest you bring your own gloves but it is not necessary. Water, sunblock, and hats are also suggested.

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