Here at 562CityLife we spend a lot of time thinking green and looking for ways to spotlight our city's green efforts. Long Beach has already been recognized as a "Tree City USA
", and now it has also been ranked No. 3 out of 10 featured cities for having the most urban gardens per capita, according to the Trust for Public Land.
According to the press release out of City's Office of Sustainability,
Nine urban gardens are located throughout Long Beach, where neighbors produce fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, while satisfying their green thumbs. Long Beach's urban gardens help foster a green community within the gardens and the neighborhoods they are found in, as well as enhance nutrition through access to local, healthy food. Many of these gardens open their gates to the public for festivals and educational events, and they serve as an example for small scale, sustainable farming in an urban setting.
Three examples of community gardens established in Long Beach this past year include the following:
The Wrigley Village Garden, 2044 Pacific Ave. Long Beach Organic, a non-profit organization, has turned this once vacant lot into a thriving community garden space. The garden is noted to grow anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes.
The Long Beach Community Action Demonstration Garden, Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street. People who visit this educational "demonstration" garden learn about basic gardening skills so they can grow their own food. The non-profit Long Beach Community Action Partnership created the garden to show how edible gardening can save money, bring physical and mental wellness, and create a sense of community.
The Civic Center Edible Garden Project, located within the courtyard of Long Beach Civic Center, helps the community recognize the environmental benefits and natural beauty of native landscaping. This garden was built with sustainable and organic practices and is specifically designed to require less water.
"Urban gardening is the act of gardening within the confines of an urban area," said Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator. "Urban gardening is ideal for Long Beach residents who live in apartments, condos or houses without a yard, or anyone who wants to increase their physical and mental well being, develop fresh and healthy eating habits, and reduce their weekly grocery bill by growing your own vegetables."
According to the Sustainability Office Long Beach is looking to expand urban gardens within the community and is designing a streamlined process in an effort for community members and organizations to establish community gardens throughout Long Beach. We'll keep an eye out for more specific information on that claim, but in the meantime you can get more information on urban gardening resources, atwww.sustainablelb.com.
Do you have an example of urban gardening that you'd like to share, or do you get down on a little urban gardening and want to show of your skills? feel free to post some pics and show us what you've got. We'll also be heading out to a couple of the spots mentioned above, or if you'd like us to feature a garden that you're involved with let us know!
GO GREEN OR DIE!