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 and those eager to do more for their health and well-being and to the benefit of their wider neighborhood, community, food system and planet.

This month’s theme: “Recovery.” Sign-up Free here.

This month, join Co-Director Ryan Smolar as we explore stories of “RECOVERY” from the front-lines of the local food system.

We will hear from Gilian Doplemore, a high-school student also known as The Gardening Girl Scout. Gilian has started a garden produce recovery program where she is matchmaking backyard produce with the food distributions supporting families in our community.

Photo from The Gardening Girl Scout

Next, we’ll visit with Lee White, who leaned into local food after many of her family members passed away from heart disease. She discovered gardening at the NLB Victory Garden as a means of recovering her family’s health and as a lifeline to good food and fitness. Lee went from total greenie to “Master Gardener” in such a short time, we have to hear the story. 

Lee White hosting, teaching and sharing at the North Long Beach Crop Swap

With a Cornell University degree in Urban Planning, Demitrius Ziegler is helping Southern California recover its lost agricultural lands with his innovative, decentralized gardening model that supplies his Long Beach Farms CSA (community-supported agriculture subscription).

Photo from Long Beach Farms

Finally, we’ll speak with Joe Corso, the Garden Director at Long Beach Organic, an organization dedicated to recovering our soil, our ocean’s water quality and vacant lots blighting our town. To double down on the “recovery” theme, Joe will also be speaking about LBO’s food recovery effort serving the CSULB Beach Pantry.

Joe Corso, Garden Director for Long Beach Organic

Thanks for joining us — these sessions are a great space to hear about something good happening in your community on our collective journey to grow, cook, share, and eat more local, healthy food.

We’ll save a seat for you at the table!~

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