Long Beach establishes official Community Garden Policy

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community garden policyOn 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.

The Community Garden Policy follows on the heels of the City’s Sustainable City Action Plan, which was approved by the City Council in February 2010, and lists a goal to establish community gardens in every park 5 acres or larger by 2020.

“The Department is committed to support the goals of the City’s Sustainable City Action Plan,” said Phil Hester, Director of the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.  “This Community Gardening Policy encourages community gardening as a healthy, sustainable activity and residents now have expanded parks resources identified for community gardening.”

The Community Garden Policy includes community garden terms and conditions and is accompanied by a simple one-page application for Long Beach organizations or community groups who desire to start a community garden in one of the identified park locations. It is available at www.sustainablelb.com.

Community gardening has many benefits such as producing fresh, healthy food; creating opportunity for outdoor activity and exercise; providing an opportunity for education and awareness; and encourages community involvement.

Long Beach is proud to be ranked No. 3 for the amount of community garden plots per capita, according to the Trust for Public Land in 2009.

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