Civic Center Edible Garden Project
Join us for free gardening workshops at the Civic Center Edible Garden!
Monday August 6th, 11am-12pm
Drought Tolerant Plants
Learn about the most popularly planted drought tolerant plants. Incorporate them in your garden to attract pollinators, add color to your landscape, and grow a beautiful garden while avoiding the high water bill.
Monday September 10th, 11am-12pm
We will go over how to collect and store a variety of garden seeds, so you can grow your favorite crops again in years to come
Monday October 1st, 11am-12pm
Use your kitchen scraps and other household or office wastes to create compost. Compost is a natural, healthy fertilizer to boost the health of any plant. We will mostly talk about composting within a backyard space, but will go over options for composting in smaller apartment spaces as well.
To access the Civic Center Edible Garden, walk into the Civic Center Plaza entrance off of Ocean, and enter the first gate on the right. It will lead you up the stairs to the garden. If you require special service, contact Kelsey.Forster@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-5927 for alternate ADA arrangements.
The Civic Center Edible Garden uses rain barrel water collection, 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/
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?
Creating An Urban Garden using 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.
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 Pocket Florafelt and Woolly Pocket along Fence
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.
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 Civic Center 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