Sustainable Garden Showcase at Civic Center

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The City of Long Beach hosted a Civic Center Garden Showcase on Wednesday, April 21, to celebrate Earth Week 2010.  Approximately 150 people attended and learned how easy it is to eat healthy, fresh food by joining a community garden, shopping at a local farmers market or starting their own garden.

The Civic Center Garden Showcase was a gathering of numerous Long Beach urban agricultural organizations and enthusiasts, and featured information on urban gardening, an organic cooking demonstration, composting demonstration, garden giveaways and a free seed swap.  A rain barrel, compost piles and worm bin were on display, along with numerous local gardening organizations.  Attendees watched an organic cooking demonstration from the chef of Da Vinci Restaurant in Long Beach and explored the unique tastes of items from the Civic Center Edible Garden.

“The Civic Center Garden Showcase was a great way to celebrate Earth Week,” said Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator.  “Long Beach is ranked No. 3 for the amount of community garden plots per capita, and residents have many local resources for urban gardening.”

The Civic Center Garden Showcase was held near the City’s Civic Center Edible Garden, which was established in October 2009 to show how easy it is to grow food in any urban setting such as community gardens, container gardening, rooftop gardens, and garden sharing.  Since that time, the garden has produced and donated more than 40 pounds to local food banks.

“The Civic Center Edible Garden is an example of container gardening and is especially easy and practical because of the small amount of space the containers take up,” said garden manager April Sabucco.  “All you need is a container, potting soil, water, sunlight, and plants, and you are all set.”

The Civic Center Edible Garden continues to thrive due to the partnership between the Office of Sustainability and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Hire A Youth program, which has provided the project with young adults who have helped to plant and maintain the garden while gaining valuable work experience and the knowledge about the importance of growing your own healthy food. Seeds and other gardening supplies have been donated to the garden.

Events for Earth Week 2010 are occurring April 19 – 24, 2010, and are designed to highlight the City’s sustainable initiatives and encourage the community to Make Every Day Earth Day.  For more information about the Civic Center Edible Garden Project and other Earth Week activities, visit

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