Urban Farming Proponent Donna Marykwas To Detail Plans For Local Gardens

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founder and director of director of Long Beach Grows

Donna Marykwas

Despite pockets of community gardens, the promise of urban agriculture in Long Beach hasn’t moved much beyond the talking stage. Cities like San Francisco and Seattle encourage urban gardens and even allow the raising of chickens and goats.

In Long Beach zoning rules and red tape make urban agriculture a challenge few residents can meet. That’s where Long Beach Grows comes in. The organization promotes green, healthy, sustainable urban agriculture and has the goal of building a network of urban farm co-operatives in the heart of the city.

Donna Marykwas, founder and director of director of Long Beach Grows, will talk about her efforts to encourage urban farming in Long Beach at the Feb. 1st meeting of the Long Beach Sierra Club group. A former professor of microbiology, Marykwas holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Cornell Univesity.

The free presentation will include an update on the city’s Community Garden Program and the success Long Beach Grows is having getting the city to be more flexible in permitting urban agricultural development. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 East Willow St., near Temple Ave. in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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