LONG BEACH ORGANIC

Planting seeds, growing community

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.

Board of Directors: Kim Campanelli, Valerie Condon, Tony Damico, Christina Dolkiewicz, Alison Flowers, Karen Haney, Carrie McCraw, Karl Snider, Gabriela Yates

Introducing the Gateway to Gardening Newsletter: Recipes, gardening tips, news, and more.
  •  3/26/2022 09:00 AM
  •   Zaferia Junction Community Garden

Save the date! Stay tuned for further details.

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  •  12/11/2021 11:00 AM
  •   Zaferia Junction Community Garden

On Saturday, Dec. 11, LBO Director of Education and UCCE Master Gardener Karen Haney will be preparing saved seeds for planting next spring. Join Karen for an informal exploration of seed saving techniques and ideas to incorporate planting with seeds into your gardening practices. Please bring your own envelopes or containers to bring home some seeds! Where: Zaferia Junction Community Garden 3709 E 10th St, Long Beach, CA 90804 When: Saturday Dec. 11 from 10 -11:30 a.m. Email Karen at knhaney@verizon.net to reserve your space

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grants to fund all-abilities renovation
LBO had been selected as the recipient of two generous grants. The Long Beach Community Foundation has named Long Beach Organic as the sole recipient of its Philanthropy Day Grant. This grant includes a monetary award of at least $5,000 and a day of collaborative volunteer work. The work day is scheduled for National Philanthropy Day on Saturday, Feb. 26. Wells Fargo has also selected LBO for a Community Impact Grant. This grant includes a monetary award of $8,600, and also includes a day of Wells Fargo employees joining our own volunteers on Tuesday, March 15.

The grants will help fund the Interactive Multi-Sensory pathway and other portions of the Zaferia Junction Community Garden All-Abilities Renovation. The vision for the project includes wheelchair- and walker-friendly decomposed granite in the pizza oven area, an interactive multi-sensory garden walk to the education garden, an accessible tool shed with adaptive gardening tools, and an accessible porta-potty.

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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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

Plot rental:  $0.70 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 $0.70 = $70.00 per season
Total for one year of gardening: $140.00

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!
Regulations
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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$70.00

Donation Amount

$25.00

Donation Amount

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.

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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