Growing Cities – Long Beach: a Screening, Discussion, and Mixer

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Growing Cities examines how cities across the United States are taking food security into their own hands, using innovative approaches to grow food in urban and industrial environments.

The 60-minute screening will be preceded by a mixer where attendees work with organizers to identify spaces in their communities where they would like to see community gardens, farms, and other food production sites.

After the screening, a discussion panel will include inspiring leaders including Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Long Beach; Abel Ruiz and Isaac Michaca from the Youth Empowerment Network in Santa Ana; farm-to-table restaurateurs from Boldo Bol in Santa Ana; Jesse Frutos of Lincoln Spring Farms; and Captain Nancy Caruso, aquaponics expert from Get Inspired Inc.

A number of local food organizations, including Foodscape Long Beach, American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, Long Beach Heirloom Seed Bank, School Produce Stands – Kelli Johnson, The Growing Experience Urban Farm will also be on hand to share and get input on their work!

The event is sponsored by the Harbor Area Famers Markets, and is supported by Project Plateful, a healthy food access and advocacy organization. Additional partners include Long Beach Fresh, dedicated to expanding Long Beach’s local food economy and infrastructure; Long Beach Public Library; Sustainable Long Beach, providing support for sustainability projects city-wide; and Shift Long Beach, creating positive social change through empowering, educational events.

Growing Cities – Long Beach, a screening, discussion, and mixer is Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) from 5pm – 8pm, at the Long Beach Public Library 101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90822. Free tickets can be found online at: GROWINGLB.EVENTBRITE.COM

About Shift LB

The mission of Shift LB is to create and support consciousness-raising events, initiatives, and projects in Long Beach, California.

We believe that economic, social, spiritual, and environmental crises of our time are deeply connected, and that they negatively affect the lives of Long Beach’s diverse residents today. We also feel that there are many opportunities for deep learning and transformation when people are able to share their insights with the broader cross-section of residents through discussion and creative arts.

To these ends, we specialize in collaborative partnerships, event logistics, community outreach, online media and street promotion of consciousness-raising events, initiatives, and projects aligning with our mission.

Ultimately, we envision a city where all communities share high quality of life, and where all communities deeply value cultural exchange, compassion and mindfulness, and mutual respect as paths to innovation and sustainability.

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