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’ Victory Gardens program, and hosts epic crop swaps on First Saturday mornings. It was started by Jeff Rowe and the Neyham Neighborhood Association five years ago, alongside crop swaps supported by Long Beach Fresh and Kaiser Permanente. The site is home of Vice-Mayor Rex Richardson’s field office, a partnership that helped the project to take root. Local artist Amy Tanaka designed and built the stand with support from the Arts Council, WhyWeRise LA, and Long Beach Fresh.
Phil Giesen, pictured at the top of this page, is a local legend who’s been caring for fruit trees for decades. He’s helped with each successive planting at the garden to date.