Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Happenings

Hello Long Beach Locals-

I wanted to let you all know about our first work day at the farm. On Saturday, February 19th starting at 9am we will be cleaning up the site. Its not just cleaning up the farm but the entire gulch property. If you have not had the chance to come and check out the land this would be a great opportunity to do so. The clean up is being hosted by Cal Heights Clean Streets, 7th District Council Office and Litter Free Long Beach. Community hours will be signed for, tools and refreshments will be provided and two lucky volunteers will win tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Litter Free Long Beach will also be collecting tires and e-waste - if it has a cord attached, it’s e-waste, excluding large appliances. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat. There is parking available along California Avenue as well as 28th Street.

Farm Box has been a huge success, especially after our write up in the LA Times. Our next pick up is tonight, Feb 2nd at Bella Cosa store in Bixby Knolls. I have changed the pick up hours to 5-6:30 as most people are coming after work and needed a later pick up.

Each box is $30, there are 2 pick ups in February so if possible its best to pay for both pick ups at the same time. Its a little easier for me to keep track of payment this way but if you would like to try it out first I completely understand. If its something you would like to continue with I ask everyone to bring payment with them when they pick up their last box for the month. For instance the last pick up in January was the 19th so most people paid for February on that pick up.

Each box is packed full or seasonal veggies, fruit and herbs. I am one of the farmers contributing to the boxes. Everything is grown organically or beyond organically and with ethical practices. Recipes are posted here on our site under the recipe section. If you are interested in signing up or have more questions please let me know.

This past week a few of us attended the Ecological Farming Conference in Pacific Grove, California. It was inspiring to be among my farming peers and other land stewards. I met with Michael O'Gorman from the  Farmer Veteran Coalition and was able to hear more about the wonderful work they are doing. I hope to be working with them soon. People were amazed that we were farming in Long Beach and excited about the food shed we are creating. It was a great conference to attend and I feel inspired once again.

Thank you everyone for your efforts and hope to see you on the 19th.

Happy Growing!
Sasha Kanno
Executive Director, Long Beach Local