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City Farmers Nursery
Address: 4832 Home Avenue, City Heights CA 92105
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM
Best For: Gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, fresh produce eaters, learners
Serving San Diego for over 40 years, City Farmers Nursery is a one-of-a-kind destination in the heart of San Diego. The nursery features a wide selection of plants including sections devoted to California native plants, butterfly gardens, fruit trees, garden selections, and many more. All of the plants in the nursery are raised organically and the staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. If you are buying a plant at City Farmers you can be confident it will grow in your yard – they test every product on-site and don’t sell plants unless they are proven to be well-suited for the San Diego climate. (Although with the wide variety of elevations and climates in the county this won’t hold true for every yard.)
City Farmers also regularly has classes on a variety of topics that are free to attend, although an RSVP is recommended and in some cases required. A sampling of upcoming classes gives a good idea of the wide breadth of subjects:
- Advanced Beekeeping (March 16)
- Build a solar oven (March 17)
- Raising chickens (& ducks!) 101 (March 23)
- Introduction to Seed Saving 101 (April 6)
- Basic woodworking class (May 26)
If you have children and are looking for a fun activity City Farmers also has many animals at the nursery that they can see up close (and sometimes pet) including chickens, goats, rabbits, turkeys, turtles, and fish. There is also a small playground area with small slides and play houses for them to enjoy.
Recently City Farmers celebrated the reopening of the adjacent Nate’s Garden Grill, named for owner Bill Tall’s father. The grand opening was last weekend and hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8 AM – 10 PM and Sunday 8 AM – 3 PM. Nate’s features 21 beer taps and a food menu that looks delicious and has an emphasis on produce. The goal of Nate’s is to “provide tasty fresh food, local ingredients, a friendly atmosphere, and an expansive selection of craft brews and local wines all at a good value”.
This Saturday there is another grand opening at the nursery, this one of Hornbill Produce Farmers. Ran by Burmese refugees, the produce stand will be open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. For the grand opening event there will be live bluegrass and folk music, as well as traditional dance performances from Burma/Myanmar. The produce stand is a joint effort of City Farmers and the International Rescue Committee of San Diego.
If you’re riding a bicycle to City Farmers they have a newly installed ‘horse-rack’ for you to park your bike at, as well as a recently expanded parking lot if you’re in a motor vehicle.
Whether you’re interested in raising crops, chickens, or bees, or simply looking to spend a little time walking through the nursery and enjoying the abundance of plants City Farmers is a great resource for both purchases and information. For an idea of what the nursery looks like, check out Annie Lane’s January photo gallery here.