Updates from Long Beach Fresh about local food: from farm to fork

Local Blue Ribbon Winners

This year, LB Fresh’s Foodways Summit included two contests for local growers and makers. While our report on the event series is forthcoming, we are excited to share the contest winners and participants and celebrate their bounty! This year’s contests saw many impressive entries, and our judges from the broader food community showed great discernment […]

2022 in Review

Long Beach Fresh released its annual report, highlighting the year’s activities, partnerships, and collaborative efforts toward food security and local food system development in Long Beach, California. “We used our convening power of good food actors to accelerate, catalyze, and organize the growing, cooking, selling, sharing and buying of good food across our city” Ryan […]

Urban Farm to Launch Homebound Delivery, Seeks Sponsors

Long Beach Fresh is excited to partner with Long Beach’s Grow2Zero FARMS, as they launch a food delivery program for homebound residents in West Long Beach. The delivery program will provide fresh produce grown at Grow2Zero FARMS and food from Food Finders, Food Forward, and Rockenwagner Bakery. Currently, we’re seeking local businesses, agencies, and offices […]

Discover Great Grub during Black Restaurant Week

Leading into Black History Month with Long Beach Food and Beverage’s Black Restaurant Week just makes sense. And with this year’s inaugural event series featuring 13 businesses, there’s a lot of great food to discover. At Long Beach Fresh, we work to raise awareness of local BIPOC food businesses year-round, while supporting policy change, convening and […]

Phil’s Farmstand

Every other Wednesday afternoon, Phil’s Farmstand is loaded up with free produce to share with the neighborhood at 6509 Gundry Ave from 4-6pm. A combination of donated farm excess, and sustainably grown-on-site seasonal produce, it’s been a great connecting point for the North Long Beach Victory Garden. The site trains gardeners through UC Master Gardeners’ […]

This Garden is a Miracle – Fresh Impact Features

This garden is a miracle. It came to exist, seemingly against all odds, in the first year of the pandemic, and Long Beach Organic is now fundraising to create a ninth garden, while Long Beach Fresh fundraises to create more support city-wide. In this “Fresh Impact” series, we feature projects that we’ve supported throughout the […]

Long Beach Gives – Fresh Impact Fund!

We have joined Long Beach Gives for our second year to raise funds for our important programming for local food access. We’re inviting the community to make a “Fresh Impact” by supporting Long Beach Fresh. Long Beach Gives is a “Giving Day” campaign and 7-day online fundraiser hosting over 200 nonprofits in Long Beach this […]

Chefs Speak at Our Foodways Event

Long Beach Fresh is pleased coordinate free food learning event series at Compound Long Beach called Food For Thought! The family-friendly series brings local experts in food sustainability, gardening, healthy cooking, and local food cultures to the table. The event series takes place on Fourth Fridays. It kicked off with the theme “Scrap to Soil,” […]

Local Markets Find Boost Through CalFresh Benefits

A study by the University of Southern California finds that during the height of the pandemic, one in four Los Angeles County households experienced food insecurity. Food security continues to be a prominent concern even as restrictions lift and re-openings continue. COVID-19 pointed to a lack of resilience within our food system, Dr. Libby Gustin, […]

Composting Input Sought, Prizes Offered!

Long Beach Fresh, a community-based non-profit organization, is seeking input on composting via a short, new survey. The survey results are intended to inform City-level decision makers as local government works to come into compliance with new California mandates for organics collection. Survey participants through the end of May will be entered into an opportunity […]

Expanding Food as Medicine

According to a study by the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators, diet is the leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in half a million deaths a year.  At a recent event, “Healthy Food as Preventative Medicine: California and Beyond,” hosted by SPUR, leaders using food as medicine share what policy, health care, […]

Healthier Meals, Happier Kids and a Better Planet

A recent webinar series, “Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success,” hosted by Friends of the Earth highlights experiences of food staff and stakeholders in creating healthy meals for students. The final panel last Thursday, focused on a new report, “The State of School Meals in California”, that finds a significant disparity between California’s climate […]