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Mark Twain Neighborhood Library Launches New Community Garden
Public invited to first garden workshop on November 17
Jennifer Songster
Senior Librarian
Mark Twain Neighborhood Library

Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, located at 1401 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach 90813, is partnering with South Bay Center for Counseling (SBCC) Thrive LA and to install an open harvest community garden at the library.

“This open-harvest community garden is a great way for our community members to grow healthy produce while spending quality time with friends and neighbors,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Thank you to all who worked hard to bring this project to life.”  

The community is invited to this inaugural event, “Making Raised-Beds for the Garden,” on November 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the event, participants will gain hands-on experience learning how to build raised beds. Raised-bed gardening has many advantages including ease-of-access for people who find kneeling and bending difficult. The beds are easy to design and create, even from scratch.

The creation of this garden at Mark Twain Neighborhood Library has been a community effort. Clean Wilmington, Midtown Business Improvement Association, Cambodia Town Inc., and other groups of volunteers removed the former garden landscaping in September 2018 to make way for over 20 raised-beds, where a variety of fruits and vegetables from Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the United States will be planted. The Maye Center has also offered to provide plants and seeds to jumpstart the new garden. This "open-harvest" community garden will be a community asset, where anyone is free to harvest fruits and vegetables grown onsite., a local urban agriculture organization that was instrumental in starting the garden at the Michelle Obama library, secured a donation from Kellogg Garden Products for potting soil for the Mark Twain Library garden.

The Neighborhood Action Council, which is open to the public, meets on Wednesdays, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The group will maintain the garden and utilize the space to present educational programs to the community. For information about joining the Neighborhood Action Council and volunteering at the garden, those interested can call Darlene Moreno with SBCC Thrive LA at (310) 414-2090 or email Child care, as well as translation services in Spanish and Khmer, are available during group meetings.

Funding for the garden was provided by:

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