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Edible Garden Project   

Join us for free gardening workshops at the Civic Center Edible Garden!

February Garden Classes

Fruit Tree Pruning

Join us at our new Long Beach Sustainability Garden! We will be learning how to prune fruit trees in an orchard within Willow Springs Park. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with the trees. Gloves, pruning tools, and water refilling station will be provided.

Please wear close-toed shoes, and be prepared with sun protection and a reusable water bottle.

Saturday February 22 - RSVP Required
Willow Springs Park, 2755 Orange Avenue, 9:00 – 10:30am

Making Herbal Extracts

Herbs are easy and nutritious plants to grow in any space - learn how to use them as we demonstrate how to make your own herbal teas, tinctures, and salves to use during the cold winter season.

Tuesday February 11
Los Altos Library, 3:00-4:00pm

Tuesday February 18
Ruth Bach Library, 4:00-5:00pm

Wednesday February 19
Michelle Obama Library, 4:30-5:30pm

Tuesday February 25
El Dorado Library, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Wednesday February 26
Mark Twain Library, 12:00-1:00pm

Thursday February 27
Alamitos Library, 12:30-1:30pm

The Edible Garden recycles kitchen scraps to make compost and harvests seeds to recycle for future crop plantings to grow local and organic produce.  When ready to harvest, the produce is collected and given to Food Finders, a nonprofit organization that distributes food to food pantries and shelters that serve our community. http://www.foodfinders.org/

carrots 3 carrots

tomatoes on scale Cucumbers

What is Urban Gardening?

Urban gardening involves the idea that citizens can grow food no matter where they live, whether it's a high rise apartment, a tiny condo, or a house with no backyard. Some examples of urban gardening are:

  • Community gardens (check out our map for locations all across the city)
  • Container gardening (such as this garden)
  • Rooftop gardens (speak to your landlord)
  • Garden sharing (renting out space from a neighbor who has a yard) 

What are we growing?


  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Peas
  • Arugula
  • Beets


  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
  • Okra
  • Cucumber
  • Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatillo
  • Squash

Here is a more detailed list

Creating An Urban Garden using Containers   



Earthbox Containers

Earthbox containers are ideal for small spaces and are durable containers that may last up to 15 years. The containers have a unique watering system that prevents plants from being over watered. Mulch covers complete the system by conserving water and preventing weed growth.

Vertical Planters

Through a microgrant from EcoMedia, a new vertical garden component has recently been added which showcases florafelts, woolly pockets, and grow towers. The newly introduced vertical garden system is sponsored by Waste Management. Planting vertically uses up less surface area while producing comparable yields as a larger plot. We choose to grow organic in order to reduce our environmental impact.

woolly pockets florafelt and wooly pockets

                        Woolly Pocket                                                    Florafelt and Woolly Pocket along Fence

growtower1 2012-07-03 florafelt1

                               Grow Tower                                                                         Florafelt  

When growing on non-permeable surfaces such as we are, an enclosed raised bed like this Deep Meadow is a great choice.

Deep Meadow


This Long Beach Sustainability initiative is made possible through a joint partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

The vegetable harvest, seedling giveaways, and seed packet giveaways are made possible by generous seed
donations from the following companies:

If you would like more information on the Edible Garden Project, are interested in participating in future gardening workshops, or want to organize a workshop for your group/class, please call 562-570-5927 or email us at Kelsey.Forster@longbeach.gov