Movie and Panel Discussion Explores Urban Food Innovation in Cities

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Sustainable Long Beach presents a free screening of the award-winning documentary Growing Cities on November 12 from 5 – 8 PM at the Main Library (100 Pacific Ave).

Sustainable Long Beach presents a free screening of the award-winning documentary Growing Cities on November 12 from 5 – 8 PM at the Main Library (100 Pacific Ave).

“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.

“Urban agriculture plays a crucial role in promoting an environmentally sustainable city,” says Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Long Beach. “There have been many efforts in Long Beach to create opportunities to help meet local food needs, this is a great event that encourages fostering that connection.” 

After the screening, a discussion panel will include inspiring leaders including Larry Rich, SustainabilityCoordinator 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, aqua-ponics expert from Get Inspired Inc . The event will also see numerous community organizations attending, including Foodscape Long Beach and Long Beach Organic .

“Our goal is to engage a broader community in the food movement. We envision a city with equitable access to food, nature, green jobs…” says Valerie Smith, program director of Project Plateful and Board President of the farmers markets. “Urban agriculture has the capacity to transform communities, so it is essential to connect with our neighbors and discover what that means for Long Beach.”

The event is sponsored by the HarborArea Famers Markets, and is supported by Project Plateful, a healthy food access and advocacy organization. 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.

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