Harvest Moon Celebration held in Irvine

September 24, 2017 by  

Irvine’s Tanaka Farms was the host venue for the Harvest Moon Celebration held earlier in September.

Approximately 400 people came to enjoy the event, which was a fundraiser for Solutions for Urban Agriculture, an Irvine nonprofit. The organization was founded by A.G. Kawamura, a former secretary of California’s Department of Food and Agriculture.

Tanaka Farms is a family-run, organic urban farm located in Irvine. People who attended the celebration were treated to tractor rides up the hill to the party, where they enjoyed food from local chefs like Dee Nguyen from the Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills, and Cathy Pavlos from Provenance in Newport Beach. Live music was part of the fun, and the keynote speech was given by David “Mas” Masumoto, who is an organic grape and peach farmer, as well as an author.

Solutions for Urban Agriculture (SFUA) works to establish innovative ways to use urban land to produce food, while protecting the environment and its resources at the same time. The organization uses technology, vocational training for farmers working in an urban environment, and education to repurpose urban areas to farms. SFUA wants to demonstrate that establishing working farms within urban areas can build healthier cities and towns.

Events like this can make it particularly big if organizers work with a flyer printing company to create a handout for guests. This could explain the venue and the work undertaken by the organization benefiting from the event.