Summer Solstice in the Long Beach Organic Garden
2010-06-17 · By Editor
Long Beach Organic (LBO) once again invites community members, families and friends to attend its annual Summer Solstice Celebration, to be held at the Wild Oats Community Garden on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The largest of the LBO community gardens, Wild Oats Community Garden is the perfect venue for this traditional, country fair-style summer event. Solstice celebrants will have the opportunity to tour the garden, see the variety of abundant fruits and vegetables being produced at the peak of the growing season, and learn more about organic gardening principles.
The solstice festival will also feature an artisans market focusing on handmade and green goods. Long Beach’s own Chef Paul Buchanan—himself a Wild Oats gardener—and his team at Primal Alchemy Catering will have freshly prepared, delicious seasonal fare for purchase. Guests can also enjoy live music throughout the day, kid’s activities, gardening and green-living demonstrations, an old-fashioned cakewalk, and more. The popular Wild Oats Garden “Chickens-in-Residence” will also be on hand for photo opportunities and visits.
“Last year’s Summer Solstice Celebration was a big success, and we have more exciting things planned for this year’s event,” said Joe Corso, LBO Director of Gardens and Board Member. “We look forward to sharing another fun-filled day with our neighbors and friends in the community.”
All proceeds will benefit Long Beach Organic, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and management of organic community gardens within the city of Long Beach.
Wild Oats Community Garden boasts more than 70 garden plots, tended by garden members, who pay semi-annual dues and serve an annual requirement of 12 community work-hours contributing to the upkeep and beautification of the garden’s shared spaces. The garden is one of six managed by Long Beach Organic, a 501c(3) organization founded by local activist Charles Moore in 1994. It also features a grape arbor and fruit tree orchard.
Wild Oats Community Garden is located just north of 10th St., between Loma and Grand Ave. Parking will be available on surrounding streets, and Bike Valet service will be provided at the event by LBO volunteers.