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

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 […]

Local Food Groups Invited To Celebrate Food Day

​Local food businesses, organizations, and community groups are invited to join in celebration of Long Beach’s first annual Food Day, October 24! This year, our main Food Day celebration will be at Dia de los Verdes at The Growing Experience Urban Farm from 11AM-7PM. Live music all day, farm tours, workshops and events for all ages, are […]

Updated Ordinance for Chickens, Goats, and Bees Approved in Long Beach

Last night, Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to approve an update to the city’s municipal code that would ease restrictions on residents who wish to keep chickens, goats, or bees city-wide. The motion was brought before Council on June 23rd, and received unanimous support before going through the City Attorney ahead of the second reading. […]

Call for Submissions to Our “Little Things” Page!

If you have ideas about the little things that people can do to engage in healthier behaviors and become better connected with their food, we encourage you to write a guest post for us (click here for the interest form)! There are a lot of perceived barriers to buying local food and eating well; time, cost, and convenience […]

Cambodia Town Night Market Seeks Vendors

Last night, Cambodian Town Inc. announced their partnership with Council-member Dee Andrews in launching a new night-time farmer’s market, beginning on August 2nd and recurring on Sundays from 4-9pm at MacArthur Park. The market will include children’s activities and entertainment, local food producers, nutrition and gardening workshops, and local farmers. Potential vendors can submit this […]

Long Beach Organic Grows Community

Long Beach Fresh recently spoke to Joe Corso, garden director with Long Beach Organic (LBO), at the bountiful South 40 Farm Lot off of South Street on the benefits of community gardening. LBO was formed in 1994 by local environmentalist Charles Moore. His vision was that empty lots in Long Beach could be used to […]

LB Fresh Gathers Local Growers and Compost Enthusiasts with Green LB

Last month, Long Beach Fresh collaborated with Green Long Beach, the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability, and Growing Experience Urban Farm to host a working group of local growers and compost enthusiasts. They discussed the current policy landscape as it relates to urban agriculture, and had a strategic session in looking at how […]

Chickens, Goats, and Bees Return to City Council’s Agenda

Long Beach City Council will consider amendments to the Municipal Code next Tuesday in support of urban agriculture –  specifically the regulations for residents who house chickens, goats and bees. The item will be presented by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Council co-sponsors Lena Gonzalez, Daryl Supernaw and Dee Andrews. The agenda item brings back the draft […]

City of Long Beach Releases Land Use and Urban Design Element Drafts

Long Beach City’s Development Services recently released drafts of their Land Use and Urban Design Element for the City’s General Plan. The Land Use element in specific is a hugely impactful policy document spanning 179 pages, and contains some critical policies encouraging urban agriculture, community gardens, and health-promoting retail through the year 2035! We commend this gargantuan effort, […]

Long Beach County Fair 2015

Yeee-haw! The Long Beach County Fair is an annual showcase of local farms, gardens, chefs and food producers at the Expo Arts Building in Bixby Knolls. Here’s a list of some of the awesome interactive exhibitors we featured at last year’s Fair: Beachgreens City of Long Beach – Dept. of Health & Human Services FarmLot 59 […]

Future of Food Meeting Summary

Our recent discussion of “The Future of Food” at BHC Long Beach saw a great cross-section of local, healthy food stakeholders at the table. Attendees included representatives from Long Beach Organics, Harbor Area Farmer’s Market, Greener Good Farmer’s Market, a Latino health research fellow, Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness, Choose Health LA, City […]

Long Beach Fresh Registers with California Food Policy Council

Long Beach Fresh is excited to announce that we recently became the 23rd official Food Policy Council in California after ratifying the California Food Policy Council‘s “Founding Document” and dispatching Co-Coordinator Tony Damico to a statewide meeting of Food Policy Councils to share expertise and discuss issues. The Founding Document, created in 2012 is an […]

CA State Board of Food and Agriculture Visits Compton

On August 5, 2014, Long Beach Fresh attended a meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. It was a truly informative session, and an opportunity to share our projects with those in attendance. LB Fresh coordinators Tony and Ryan were joined by Ina Parker-Hicks from Greener Good Farmer’s Market and Griselda Suarez […]