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

City Council to Vote on Styrofoam Ban Tuesday

Do you feel a tinge of guilt when you take out food, and are left with a pile of snow-white Styrofoam? The Surfrider Foundation feels your pain, as well as the well-documented environmental harms of polysterene products which are so commonly used in local eateries and stores. The Foundation explained in an email this week that […]

Legalize Good Food – Expanding Homemade Food Sales Opportunities

Legalize Good Food – Expanding Homemade Food Sales Opportunities 6-8pm Tuesday, September 20th at BHC Long Beach (920 Atlantic Ave, Suite 102) (español abajo) Long Beach is a city with rich cultural diversity which is often reflected in our communities’ ability to create mouth-watering healthy foods with seasonal ingredients. For many, these skills can create much-needed […]

Tell Gov Brown – Restore Food Dollars To SSI / SSP Recipients

(En Espanol abajo) During the recession, the Federal government supplied cost of living increases to SSI/SSP recipients, but they never made it to them. Instead, Governor Brown used these cost of living increases to balance the state budget. Long Beach Fresh is working with our partner advocates to make AB 1584 become law, restoring 1.3 million elderly and Californians with disabilities’ […]

Now Hiring – North LB Community Coordinator

Long Beach Fresh seeks to hire a community coordinator for their work in the Kaiser Heal Zone in North Long Beach. The community coordinator will work 15-20 hours per week for 8 months, assisting with outreach, resident engagement, and project coordination. The position may be renewable for an additional 16 months after the initial period. Long Beach […]

Night Market Kicks Off on Sunday

The long-awaited launch of the Midtown Night Market in Cambodia Town is set for this Sunday, July 10th, and is scheduled to occur every Sunday until November 20th from 4-8pm at MacArthur Park (1321 E. Anaheim St) in Long Beach. Sandy Nou from Cambodia Town, Inc. shared some of the initial vendors with us, so you can […]

California Budgets $5 Million for Nutrition Incentives

Long Beach advocates for healthy communities, including the Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness, The Long Beach Time Exchange, and Long Beach Fresh, recently joined food movement leaders in urging Governor Brown to keep the five million dollars allocated in the state budget proposal to implement the California Nutrition Incentive Act, passed last year […]

LB County Fair Draws Thousands, Local Growers Awarded

Our third annual Long Beach County Fair was a success! Yes, we know Long Beach isn’t a county (tongue-in-cheek) – still, we can’t help ourselves but to celebrate our local food movement. We hosted dozens of food-focused organizations and local food crafters, and Long Beach residents surely got a taste of the city! Of special note […]

Long Beach County Fair 2016

New Photo Gallery (scroll down to view) Yee-haaaw! For the 3rd year in a row, Bixby Knolls First Fridays partnered with the local food community to showcase homegrown talent and a new LB-Grown Fruit & Veggie Blue Ribbon Competition at First Fridays on Friday, April 1st from 6:30-9:30pm. Thank you Bixby Knolls BIA, Vendors & Exhibitors: Primal Alchemy Catering Little Owl […]

Imagining a Food Hub in the LBC

Would you like to see a regional food hub in Long Beach to help make fresh produce and food products more affordable and accessible? We sure would! That’s why Long Beach Fresh is assisting The Growing Experience Urban Farm in researching the feasibility of developing a food hub through a USDA grant program. The envisioned […]

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Farm To School Rules!

Thursday October 22nd is National Farm To School Action Day! Long Beach Fresh supports this common sense approach to child nutrition, and urges locals to promote your school gardens and urban farms with the hashtags #FarmToSchool #F2S and #FoodWeekLB! Of course, there’s much more you can do to support this effort, which  aims to draw funding […]

Celebrate Food Day All Week!

National Food Day is October 24th, and Food Day Long Beach has been hard at work – announcing 10 City-Wide Food Champions, and coordinating a buffet of events listed below – and in our calendar – that highlight sustainability, food access, and innovation! 1) Food For Change FREE | 10/18, 11am | Art Theatre LB (2025 E […]

Urban Farming to Take Root in Vacant Lots

Can we grow food, community, and the local economy all at once? Of course! Using space more creatively for food production is a big piece of the puzzle of changing our food system for the better – and it’s just what the newly approved Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones program, launched this November, aims to encourage. On Tuesday, […]

10 Food Champions in Long Beach

Food Day Long Beach announced the first annual local “food champions” this week at the Sustainable City Commission. The awardees represent each of the nine city council districts, plus one city-wide champion. Each of the nine districts featured “a tremendous amount of candidates,” says Food Day Co-Coordinator Valerie Smith. “It was incredibly difficult for our team […]

Downtown Market Moves Back To City Place

The Harbor Area Farmers Markets’ Long Beach Downtown Market will be moving back to City Place Shopping Center in Downtown Long Beach, effective Friday August 21st. Accessible from Pine Ave or Long Beach Blvd and 4th St, the market boasts 2-hour free parking and many more perks!                     […]

Long Beach Fresh Releases Policy Agenda

Long Beach Fresh recently completed a summary of policy areas that can most benefit public health and the local economy in Long Beach. As a project of Leadership Long Beach, supported by The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, policy change is a key focus in LB Fresh’s mission. We want to increase good food […]