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Farm-to-table eating is everywhere now, from fine-dining establishments to neighborhood markets. And now the popular new Baldwin Hills restaurant Post and Beam is taking the fresh-and-local ethos to the next level with gardening classes.

Starting Saturday, the restaurant is launching the garden club, a series of fun half-day how-to sessions that use the restaurant's on-site garden as a laboratory. Classes are taught by Manhattan Beach-based horticulturalist Geri Miller, author of the Home Grown Edible Landscapes blog.

On May 5 at 10:30 a.m., there's a $25 introductory class on setting up an organic edible garden, with tips on soil management, plant selection, positioning and irrigation. Later classes include organic pest control (June 16), growing a cocktail garden (July 28) and a harvesting tutorial (September 8). At all classes, everyone gets a box lunch from Post and Beam.

The gardening classes are part of owner Brad Johnson and chef Govind Armstrong's attempt to make Post and Beam a community center as well as a place to eat. They?re well on their way with these sessions of food for thought.

Post and Beam, 3767 Santa Rosalia Dr., Baldwin Hills; 310-944-1151 or

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