Greenbelt Gardens

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 demo farms and stopping at a farm stand that sells the fresh fruits and vegetables you saw growing…that’s The Greenbelt Gardens area of the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way greenbelt.

Goals:

  • Create and present ideas about multi-use gardens and a community-appropriate organic demo farm and market
  • Find partners like Spring Street Farm, Long Beach Organic and Studio 111 to professionally articulate a multi-site use
  • Achieve a long-term and sustainable structure for management of the property that is accountable to the neighbors, farmers, city and visitors

What We Need

  • Connect professionals and student groups with the project including CSULB, LBCC, Studio 111, etc.
  • Get buy-in from a variety of potential tenants including: Spring Street Farm (market farm), Long Beach Organic (Community Plots) and other potential partners.
  • Visit with adjacent neighborhood associations to gather support and understand concerns
  • Separate the vision of the areas South of 7th st. (which are already completed) and the areas  north of 7th St. (where demand of a Farmway is)
  • Work with the city, neighbors and possible mixed-use garden tenants to create a design that fits all needs

Next Steps:

  • Public neighborhood meeting July 16th to discuss the project with the City and Belmont Heights Neighborhood Assoc.
  • Identify neighbors in neighborhood who want to see mixed-use gardens and get feedback from residents to marshal the best appropriate potential uses and sites.
  • Continue to meet with Zaferia Junction neighborhood association, City of Long Beach – Department of Parks and Recreation and City Council District 3 to discuss “north of 7th” Greenbelt.

Latest Status:

  • 5/8/2014 Exploration phase: Let’s see what’s possible.
  • 5/15/2014 LB Fresh spoke with Studio 111 who is interested in helping plan gardens and farm sites.
  • 6/1/2014 Joe Corso from LB Organic expressed interest in expanding their community garden currently on PEROW by 50-80 plots
  • 6/23/2014 Spring Street Farm expressed interest in opening a demo farm and market stand at PEROW
  • 7/2/2014 Met with Long Beach Organic, Studio 111, Spring Street Farm, residents Barabara Sommars and Dana Buchanan and Maureen from Belmont Heights Neighborhood Assoc. to discuss the project. We decided to pursue a neighborhood meeting to talk with more neighbors about the idea and were very supportive of the idea for the area north of 7th st.
  • 7/12/2014 Neighbors met to discuss the greenbelt and supported it!
  • 7/16/2014 “Garden Folk” attended a Belmont Heights neighborhood meeting to support gardening north of 7th street. The City committed to meeting with the newly formed Zaferia Junction neighborhood association to discuss mixed-use gardens on the Greenbelt.
  • 7/26/2014 Volunteers met to canvas the Zaferia Junction Neighborhood to inform neighbors about the Greenbelt Gardens concept. Walking was postponed by neighbors request to changing the language we were approaching people with.
  • 7/28/2014 We adjusted the language of our support request to an interest list for meetings about mixed-use gardens and open space and notified the neighborhood leaders about the change.
  • 5/18/2015 Will be looking to see if members of the neighborhood are interested in visiting the Food Lab at the OC Great Park in Irvine, an inspiration for what Greenbelt Gardens could be.

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