The relationship between food and our culture, lives and history are so intricate and inexplicable — these stories need to be told. There are places in Long Beach preparing and sharing traditional time-honored ancestors, growing cultural and medicinal herbs, reveling in farm-to-table delights, supporting fair trade and local workers with their purchasing power and more. […]
Opportunities are projects that the food community has requested in general. Each project is growing, and they all need your help.
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To truly change food in Long Beach, it will take resident and organizational leaders championing for local, healthy food. Long Beach Fresh wants to connect with food-minded individuals who want to help their neighborhood, business, church, school or social group eat more local, healthy food. The Food Champion Program will create a stronger relationship between […]
In Montreal, Canada, they call Jean-Talon Market the “Chef’s Pantry” because it is where restaurants all over the city come to stock up for the day’s cooking. Long Beach is served by many Farmer’s Market which give chef’s an opportunity to meet farmers from all over the local foodshed, establish relationships and begin to really […]
Imagine being able to check-out seeds, tools to plant and even a parcel of land with your Long Beach Public Library card. The innovators at the Long Beach Public Library and Long Beach Grows are working to establish a Seed Library and a Tool Library at the Main Branch Maker Lab of the Long Beach […]
You could experience 100 different fresh fruits and vegetables and animal species thriving in the farms and gardens on any day in Long Beach. A strong connection to nature, our food and environment can be achieved without leaving the city. We’d like to organize regular tours of Long Beach’s farms, gardens and craft producers. Goals: […]
“I got Okra, I got Collards,” shouts New Orleans’ Mr. Okra, a roving produce store on wheels. Long Beach is ripe for a similar development of a mobile produce stand who picks up fresh local vegetables and fruits and deliver them to a dense network of restaurants and pop-up markets in Long Beach. Goals: To […]
A text-chain for local growers to share news of upcoming produce releases for chefs and buyers. Goals: Create a system that easily exchanges info on upcoming and available produce for chefs Uses technology that is easily accessible and non-obtrusive Maintain integrity, trust and a strict lack of spam What We Need: Farmers to sign-up for […]
Long Beach has an abundance of vacant lots owned from the Redevelopment Era, some of which could be used for farming. Long Beach acquired a lot of property during the redevelopment years that became frozen when California Governor Jerry Brown dissolved redevelopment agencies across the state. In 2015, California gave Long Beach the nod to […]
We need to fill print, broadcast, radio and social media channels with intriguing content about local food and health. Goals: Increase media coverage of local food and health issues Work with stakeholders to amplify their PR efforts Identify and develop “voices” of the local food movement for media share media coverage about local food issues […]
As Tupperware parties were an excellent way for neighbors to gather and learn about future-aged plastic food storage containers, our neighborhood food parties invite neighbors to gather for an evening of fun and education about the local food system. Goals: To educate neighbors and social networks across the city about local food options in Long […]
Imagine being introduced to the entire food community on your first day in Long Beach. We’re developing a local food “Welcome Basket” to give and sell to realtors who are working with a family or individual about to call Long Beach home. Goals Introduce new residents to local food restaurants, services, and markets Distribute “Welcome […]
A definitive list of local, sustainable sources for meat, produce and everything else. Feeders want access to an awesome list of local producers who they can build relationships with. Goals: Create a distributable booklet and website featuring local producers Create an incentive for local food buyers to utilize vendors in our booklet (coordinated with the […]
We’ve heard many different people mention at different times, “we should use the green belt for greening Long Beach!” In response, we began researching and gathering input about creating a multi-use green space for pedestrians, bicyclists, local food growing demos, and local food buyers. Imagine walking your dog or biking through native organic herb gardens, small […]