Edible Garden Project
Join us for free gardening workshops at the Civic Center Edible Garden!
December Garden Classes
Sustainable Wreath Making
This is an hands-on workshop where we will be sharing how to make sustainable holiday wreaths. Participants are welcome to join and work on a wreath or any other craft you'd like to create. Materials will be supplied, free of cost, and participants are welcome to bring in any natural OR up-cycled materials they have to combine with what is provided.
Wednesday December 4
Alamitos Library, 1:30-2:30pm
Tuesday December 10
Ruth Bach Library, 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday December 11
Mark Twain Library, 12:00-1:00pm
Thursday December 12
Michelle Obama Library, 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday December 19
Los Altos Library, 4:30-5:30pm
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/
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 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