Community Crop Swaps

NOTE: Due to COVID19, regular crop swaps are on hold.

For now – free tomato and pepper plant distribution has been announced by North Long Beach Crop Swappers.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Fullerton College horticulture department, we again have a large, varied and very robust supply of tomato and pepper plants to give to our crop swappers.

Given the Covid-19 restrictions, here’s how you can get the plants on either Friday or Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the North Long Beach Victory Garden, the old fire station at 6509 Gundry at 65th:

* Bring a bag, box or tray to carry your plants home — most of the plants are in 4-inch containers.

* Park on the side or front of the old station and walk in the front gate — the Gundry (front) side of the building.

* Get plastic gloves from the table.

* Tomato and pepper plants are organized by variety — we have about a dozen different varieties of each. Most of the tomatoes are heirlooms and produce fruit in a great range of shapes, colors and tastes.

* Peppers range from sweet to very hot. Info tags on each plant indicate the variety and heat level.

* We also will have some other veggie starts that you can take home.

* After you have picked up the plants you want, exit the side gate — 65th street.

By offering the plants over two days, we can spread out the attendance and make it easy for everyone to keep a six-foot distance from others.”

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Community Crop swaps are a way for neighbors to exchange what they’re growing in their community gardens and homes. Since we helped start one in North Long Beach, they’ve been popping up all over town. Most swaps are 1-2 hours long and focus on fruits, veggies, and herbs – but many also invite neighbors to bring potted plants, seedlings, seeds, or even a snack to share. Join the different swaps’ online communities linked below (there’s some great advice to swap, too) – or just show up and see what it’s all about.
First Saturdays at North LB Victory Garden,
10-11am at 6509 Gundry Ave
Facebook Group
Second Sundays Crops and More
with LB Community Table
1-4pm at 9038 Artesia Ave
Facebook Page
Third Saturdays Crop Swap 90813
at St Luke’s Teaching Garden, 10am at 7th and Atlantic
****UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, CLOSED DUE TO COVID19****
Facebook Group
Fourth Saturdays Westside Swap
starts in March 2020 at Casa Chaski’s at 10am
****UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, CLOSED DUE TO COVID19***
Facebook Group

Download our How to Start a Crop Swap Guide if you’re interested in starting your own fruit and vegetable exchange. We based our guide off our three years of experience catalyzing and encouraging crop swaps across Long Beach.  For more background on how we developed the concept with community input and partners, click here. 

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