Food Stories

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.

We want to help restaurants, schools and institutions, families and organizations that are preparing either local, healthy, sustainable, authentic or otherwise interesting food to share their stories, techniques and recipes.

Goals:

  • To help those with good food practices tell their story
  • To help Eaters find good food places and appreciate them more
  • To preserve and spread traditional and sustainable food practices

What We Need:

  • Connect with those producing and serving good food who want to share their stories and techniques
  • Interviewers, Artists, Videographers, Photographers and Documentarians to help tell the food stories
  • Develop real-world and digital ways to share the stories on-site and on-the-web

Latest Status:

  • 8/1/14 Discovered the Community Story Grant which we hope to apply for in February 2015
  • 8/14/14 We are looking for contributors to help make this project happen
  • 9/20/14 Got quotes from local writers for creating food stories (~$75 per story)
  • 12/7/14 We will be hosting a community editorial meeting to discuss food stories
  • 1/15/15 Ordered 4 bright green bikes to be placed in visible areas of Long Beach and feature healthy food information
  • 2/6/15 Applied for the Community Story Grant to produce an anthology of local food stories
  • 2/15/15 Hired a videographer to tell 1-2 minute stories about the local food economy
  • 2/25/14 Produced and began distributing the Central Long Beach Good Food Guide
  • 3/12/15 Created LB Fresh’s Youtube Channel
  • 3/15/15 Shot a Video for Long Beach Organic
  • 3/22/15 Shot a Video for SoCal Harvest
  • 4/3/15 The 2nd Annual Long Beach County Fair featured over a dozen local food participants showcased at the EXPO Arts Building during First Fridays. LB Fresh debuted a new “Food Jeopardy” game that interactively tests and/or introduces players to local food in Long Beach.
  • 5/2/15 Produced and began distributing the West Long Beach Good Food Guide
  • 5/18/15 Long Beach Fresh Intern, Michelle Azurin, begins collecting and chronicling food stories to expand the LBFresh.org website as a go-to-resource to learn about good food providers and issues in Long Beach and the Long Beach Food Shed.
  • 5/24/15 Shot a video for Kress Market
  • 5/26/15 Shot a video for the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens at Alvarado Elementary
  • 6/6/16 Produced and began distributing the North Long Beach Good Food Guide
  • 6/7/15 Shot a video with Chef Paul Buchanan at Zaferia Organic Garden
  • 6/11/15 Shot a video for Guanabana
  • 6/28/15 Shot a video with Chef Paul Buchanan at Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market
  • 7/10/15 Shot a video with Jimmy Ng at The Growing Experience urban farm in North Long Beach
  • 7/14/15 Shot a video with Shannon and Chef Sean Forsha at Little Owl Preschool
  • 7/21/15 Developed criteria for selecting content for future videos
  • 7/21/15 Began drafting a plan for the publication of an editorial that will contain profiles of local food movement champions, LB Fresh good food guides, an overview of policies we are focusing on and major issues in the food system, and other food related content.
  • 8/4/15 Made previous videos directly available on Facebook

Get Involved:

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