Updates from Long Beach Fresh about local food: from farm to fork

Phil’s Farmstand

Every other Wednesday afternoon, Phil’s Farmstand is loaded up with free produce to share with the neighborhood at 6509 Gundry Ave from 4-6pm. A combination of donated farm excess, and sustainably grown-on-site seasonal produce, it’s been a great connecting point for the North Long Beach Victory Garden. The site trains gardeners through UC Master Gardeners’ […]

This Garden is a Miracle – Fresh Impact Features

This garden is a miracle. It came to exist, seemingly against all odds, in the first year of the pandemic, and Long Beach Organic is now fundraising to create a ninth garden, while Long Beach Fresh fundraises to create more support city-wide. In this “Fresh Impact” series, we feature projects that we’ve supported throughout the […]

Long Beach Gives – Fresh Impact Fund!

We have joined Long Beach Gives for our second year to raise funds for our important programming for local food access. We’re inviting the community to make a “Fresh Impact” by supporting Long Beach Fresh. Long Beach Gives is a “Giving Day” campaign and 7-day online fundraiser hosting over 200 nonprofits in Long Beach this […]

Chefs Speak at Our Foodways Event

Long Beach Fresh is pleased coordinate free food learning event series at Compound Long Beach called Food For Thought! The family-friendly series brings local experts in food sustainability, gardening, healthy cooking, and local food cultures to the table. The event series takes place on Fourth Fridays. It kicked off with the theme “Scrap to Soil,” […]

Local Markets Find Boost Through CalFresh Benefits

A study by the University of Southern California finds that during the height of the pandemic, one in four Los Angeles County households experienced food insecurity. Food security continues to be a prominent concern even as restrictions lift and re-openings continue. COVID-19 pointed to a lack of resilience within our food system, Dr. Libby Gustin, […]

Composting Input Sought, Prizes Offered!

Long Beach Fresh, a community-based non-profit organization, is seeking input on composting via a short, new survey. The survey results are intended to inform City-level decision makers as local government works to come into compliance with new California mandates for organics collection. Survey participants through the end of May will be entered into an opportunity […]

Expanding Food as Medicine

According to a study by the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators, diet is the leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in half a million deaths a year.  At a recent event, “Healthy Food as Preventative Medicine: California and Beyond,” hosted by SPUR, leaders using food as medicine share what policy, health care, […]

Healthier Meals, Happier Kids and a Better Planet

A recent webinar series, “Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success,” hosted by Friends of the Earth highlights experiences of food staff and stakeholders in creating healthy meals for students. The final panel last Thursday, focused on a new report, “The State of School Meals in California”, that finds a significant disparity between California’s climate […]

Stina’s Fresh Food Hack For Sickle Cell

The change from lots of packaged foods and fried drive-thru foods to eating mostly fresh veg(etables) and fruits changed my health and life for the positive. I’m sharing this story about how changing my diet positively impacted my Sickle Cell. I hope that the story will resonate with someone else with a chronic illness or […]

Urban Ag: Stories of Recovery

Join us at the CompoundLB (online during COVID) for “Food for Thought” a monthly live and recorded series that drops you into the Long Beach trenches in the fight for local food justice! Join Long Beach Fresh, our city’s collective voice for Eaters, Feeders and Seeders: good food actors like urban farmers, gardeners, chefs, markets […]

Renate Boronowsky Helps Long Beach Re-think and Re-purpose Food Waste

Armed with knowledge, empathy, and vision, Long Beach resident Renate Boronowsky is a local leader in the quest to address the enormous challenge of global food waste. “If harmful emissions from global food waste were rated as if they were a country, they would be third on the list — right behind the United States […]

How Supporting Home Kitchens Can Help Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on many, especially those in the food industry.  A report by the  Independent Restaurant Coalition finds that 5.9 million restaurant jobs were lost between February and April of last year. And according to the National Restaurant Association, 17 percent of restaurants in the United States have closed permanently due […]

Long Beach Duo is “Sowing Seeds of Change” for Disadvantaged Young Adults

The friendship of Lindsay Smith and Dina Feldman has quickly blossomed and borne fruit since they met this May: The two gardening and nature enthusiasts hit it off immediately, and for the last several months they have been busy formulating plans for Sowing Seeds of Change, a nonprofit agricultural education and vocational center for underserved […]