LONG BEACH ORGANIC

Planting seeds, growing community

LBO


LBO
Long Beach Organic is a nonprofit organization operating eight organic community gardens in the city limits of Long Beach, California. Founded in 1994, the organization locates urban vacant lots from public and private owners and turns them into beautiful community gardens for local and sustainable food production. Garden plots are rented on a six-month basis, March to August and September to February. Long Beach Organic donates produce to alleviate food insecurity and holds cooking and gardening workshops for LBO members and the community.

COVID-19 Announcement: Community gardens remain open with social distancing
 and mask requirements for members-only garden visits and work parties.

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Ben Hodges Memoriam


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Board


Valerie Condon

President

A lifelong resident of Long Beach, Valerie is a practicing realtor following a brief career as an educator in the Long Beach Unified School District.

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Tony Damico

Vice President

Tony Damico is an educator, community organizer, and non-profit leader. He co-directs Long Beach Fresh, a non-profit local food system accelerator.

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Joseph Corso

Garden Director

Joe Corso developed a passion for composting at an early age and has been a gardener for most of his life. He is also an artist and a personal chef.

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Dan Rodriguez

Interim Treasurer

Lourdes Padgett

Member

Lourdes believes children will eat what they grow, and has helped bring children’s gardens into many school playgrounds. She believes gardening is therapeutic, and helps support gardeners' physical and mental well-being.

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Kim Campanelli

Member

Gardens


Long Beach Organic's newest site, the Crown Victory Community Garden includes 22 ground-level planters, two raised planters, and an 8-foot-tall grape arbor.

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The Grace Park Garden, located within a pocket park at Plymouth and Elm streets, is part of a collaboration with the city to provide more green space in North Long Beach.

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Commemorating avid gardener Mary Molina, this garden came to life with the Molina family's donation of land to the City of Long Beach for a community garden.

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The city set aside space for this community garden during an expansion of Orizaba Park in 2010.

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Established in 2001 on a vacant city property, the Pacific and Sixth Community Garden is a small patch of green on busy Pacific Avenue.

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Opened in December 2013 with 20 small plots, the Seventh and Chestnut garden in downtown Long Beach is a favorite of nearby apartment dwellers.

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Started in 2010, the South Forty is a green oasis in an industrial area with 43 plots.

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Zaferia Junction Garden at 10th and Grand streets is LBO's largest garden, with 90 garden plots.

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Regulations


LBO Gardener Requirements

  • Complete and sign a rental agreement and waiver of liability with LBO for each season
  • Maintain your plot year round.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of community work in the common areas per 6-month season (20 hours annually).
  • Pay membership dues and plot fees by March 1 and Sept. 1.
  • New gardeners must plant their gardens within 30 days of signing the rental agreement.
  • Participating in garden events is as important as paying rent! Regular communal workdays and potlucks are scheduled for completion of community work hours, fun, and camaraderie. 
  • Special arrangements can be made for those who can't attend the workdays to complete their minimum hours in other ways.

Membership and Plot Rental Fees

Annual membership: $25.00
Plot rental:  $0.40 per square foot per six-month season  (includes $0.15 water surcharge)
Seasons:  Begin on March 1 and Sept. 1
Plot sizes: Vary, 10’x10′ foot is common
Minimum plot fee per season:  $30.00 (applied to rental of plots smaller than 10’x8′)
Plot fee calculation example:
10’x10’ = 100 square feet
100 square feet x $0.40 = $40.00
$40.00 x 2 seasons + $80.00
+ LBO membership fee $25.00
Total for one year of gardening: $105.00

Priorities for Assigning Plots

  • Quarterly payment, sliding scale rent, and reduced memberships are available in some circumstances. Contact president@longbeachorganic.org to discuss assistance.
  • Some gardens have long waiting lists with little turnover. 
  • Factors other than waiting list priority may apply. LBO is interested in providing plots to low-income families, especially those with children, who might not otherwise have access to wholesome, organic produce. 
  • Long Beach residents or those who may live in a neighboring city but near a garden are given priority.
  • Some property owners have other special requirements. For example, the City of Long Beach’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine requests that those within walking distance of the garden be given priority. 
  • Special consideration is given to individuals who have no other opportunity to garden. 
  • LBO does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
LBO actively seeks new garden spaces to fill with waiting gardeners. Is there a vacant lot in your neighborhood in need of cultivation? Let us know so we can help you create a community garden in your neighborhood!
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Interested in growing your own produce? Check off the community gardens
that interest you. If you check off a garden that is currently full, you'll be added to the waiting list
and contacted when space is available.
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Membership & Plot Renewal


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Sharing the Harvest

LBO and CSULB Feed Students in Need

Long Beach Post's Asia Morris talks to LBO gardeners about donating produce to address students' food insecurity. Nearly three tons have been donated so far.

Long Beach Gives


A big thanks to everyone who donated to Long Beach Organic during Long Beach Gives

Your much-appreciated donations will help LBO continue to provide gardening opportunities for local families and individuals and supporti the community through programs such as the produce donations for CSULB's Beach Pantry.
Long Beach Gives

Blog


Harvesting Tips, from Artichokes to Zucchini

Learning the optimum time to harvest is an important part of becoming a gardener.

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Bon Voyage to Ken Yliniemi

A member of LBO since 2003, Ken has moved back to the Midwest, but leaves behind his knowledge of pickles and cover crops.

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Hill Planting: How to Reclaim an Unused Garden Bed

Hill planting can retirn your weed-choked garden bed to prodoctivity.

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COVID-19 Update

The gardens are open, but work parties and group activities are cancelled.

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LBO Cooks: Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower are showing up more on restaurant menus.

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LBO Cooks: Beans

Beans are versatile, low calorie, and nutrient rich.

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LBO Workshop: Citrus Greening

Citrus greening has devastated millions of acres of citrus around the world.

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LBO Cooks: Leeks and Onions

Leeks and onions can make your mouth water or bring tears to your eyes.

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5 Tips for a Disease-Fighting Diet

Good nutrition is the first defense against disease.

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LBO Workshop: Sustainable Nutrition

Food that’s good for you is also good for the environment.

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Citywide Restaurant Group Makes Donation

Local Win Stop supports community food access.

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Why Organic?

Organic gardening protects the environment and maintains soil fertility.

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Events


  • $125
  •  8/3/2019 06:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

An enchanted outdoor dining experience at a private residence, with garden-fresh cuisine, wine, music and dancing. Join Long Beach Organic as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a special night under the stars with music by My Funny Valentine. Enjoy a delicious dinner created on-site using freshly grown produce from LBO’s gardens, along with locally sourced ingredients. All proceeds benefit LBO, which has been providing affordable organic community garden space to Long Beach households and educational opportunities for 25 years.

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  • $75
  •  4/28/2019 11:00 AM
  •   Zaferia Community Garden

Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary with a family-friendly day in the garden Sunday, April 28 11 AM to 3 PM Zaferia Junction Community Garden Celebrate Earth Day by touring the Zaferia Junction Community Garden. Show your support for urban gardening by becoming an LBO member. Build your own pizza from our sumptuous buffet of ingredients (vegan-friendly). Non-alcoholic drinks provided. Donation $35 per person for new members, $25 for existing members. Kids under 12 free! Reserve your spot now. RSVP to reservations@longbeachorganic.org.

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