Garden Tour to Raise Funds for Growth…Beachcomber May 15, 2015

By Kirt Ramirez

gardenThe public can see what goes on inside the Long Beach Organic (LBO) community gardens when the organization opens its gates during its 5th Annual Spring Garden Tour Sunday, May 31.
Guests will board a charter bus at Alamitos Bay and be rolled through Long Beach streets to visit four of LBO’s nine urban gardens, for a donation of $95 for non-members and $85 for current members. At each stop healthy foodstuffs, delicate wines and live music will be celebrated from 1 to 6 p.m.

The garden tour is the nonprofit’s biggest yearly fundraiser and money raised will support the growth of community gardens.

A 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, LBO was formed in 1994 and has secured parcels of land over the years and has converted them into urban gardens. Through special arrangements, LBO pays only $1 per year for each of its nine gardens.

Anyone can rent a plot of earth from LBO for a membership fee and grow healthy fruits and vegetables without the use of toxic chemicals. The gardens are kept under lock and key and are ideal for those living in apartments where access to dirt may be limited.

David Zeligs, a Long Beach attorney and gardening enthusiast, does not have a garden with LBO but has been a member for several years. He grows his own food in his backyard but supports the organization in its mission.

“It’s a good use of open space in an urban environment and helps to raise people’s awareness about how they can supply themselves with fresh healthy produce outside of traditional shopping channels,” he said.


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