Long Beach Urban Gardens
Urban gardening is any gardening within the confines of an urban area. It can have many meanings — community gardening, rooftop gardening, sharing a neighbor’s garden, or container gardening to name a few. Urban gardening is ideal for people without a yard, who still want to engage in sustainable eating and experience the many benefits of growing their own food.
The City of Long Beach will host a public celebration for a new vertical edible garden demonstration project at the Civic Center Edible Garden, located just outside City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., on Friday, July 27, from 10 am to 1 pm.
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.
Rainwater harvesting is a way to conserve water while also reducing local pollution.
Residents who want to learn how harvesting rainwater can lower water bills and reduce stormwater pollution are invited to attend a free presentation at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue, on Saturday, October 29, from 2 – 4 pm.
“Every drop of rain is an opportunity, every storm a resource” ~ Nate Downey
If we want thriving landscapes, abundant food, strong communities, and sustainable economies, we can start by treasuring the rain.
Local, sustainable and under the stars! The Long Beach Farm Dinner on October 23 is a rare chance to dine al fresco in an urban garden, and a smart way for garden organizers to raise money for The Growing Experience in Carmelitos.
Talk to anyone who has ever followed the “100-mile Diet” and you’re likely to hear stories about food that fills the soul and the unexpected friendships that grow out a search for locally-sourced, fresh foods.
Master Gardener Adriana Martinez author of the slightly subversive always entertaining urban gardening blog Anarchy in the Garden launches further into the backyard farming foray with a start up business designed to encourage environmental stewardship and promote healthy lifestyles.
Mayor Bob Foster will join Councilmember Robert Garcia to kick-off tomorrow’s Build Day for the New City Farm at 225 East 15th Street, just off Long Beach Blvd.
Community volunteers, local dignitaries, parents, students, teachers and staff of the New City School will be spending the day constructing the urban farm.
The Growing Experience began in 1996, as a joint collaboration between the Community Development Commission (CDC), County of Los Angeles and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCOOP). The program seeks to provide public housing residents with an opportunity to access a community garden in an urban setting while also giving them an opportunity to learn valuable skills in the multi-million dollar “green industry” in a paid job-training program.
On Wednesday, April 21, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department released a citywide Community Garden Policy, which helps identify available park locations where Long Beach residents and organizations can establish a community garden.