These spaces may be the perfect combination, offering some greenery to soothe the soul along with produce to fill your belly.
Before the arrival of CSUN or the tract homes or even the movie star ranches that preceded them, the 400 Valencia orange trees here were part of a much larger commercial grove, back when citrus was king. Twice a year, volunteers gather the fruit for local food banks. Between harvests, stroll back in time as you pick an orange and wend your way to the duck pond. 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
More than a pick-your-own farm, it’s an agrarian playland. A teeny train, a petting zoo, pony rides, and wagon tours are among the diversions to keep the family entertained, but the 200 acres of fresh produce, located near the Reagan library, offer their own rewards. Pull some mandarins (or strawberries or carrots; options abound) and find a spot in the shady picnic area to dig into your bounty. 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark
When the mount Lowe Military Academy closed in the 1970s, neighbors started planting crops on its lawn. Today the two-and-a-half-acre site hosts 72 garden plots for members, but everyone can visit the weekly farmers’ market, take a tour, and participate in workshops. The loquats, tangerines, oranges, and pomegranates grown in common areas and outside the fence are available to visitors, too. 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena
Visit the greenhouse, gardens, and fields of Cal Poly Pomona’s agriculture school, and you can pick your own strawberries (planted in waist-high containers) and oranges. The school sells fruit trees, grapevines, and cacti cultivated on its 150 acres. The farm store sells some of the bounty, too, along with locally produced wine, honey, and other goodies. You can even make your own peanut butter. 4102 S. University Dr., Pomona
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