Long Beach Organic, Inc. operates seven organic community gardens in Long Beach, CA. Residents and groups may become members to acquire plots in which to grow their own organic produce. To become a member, please visit the membership page.
Pacific and Sixth Community Garden
612 Pacific Avenue, 90802
Established in 2001 on a vacant city property, the Pacific and Sixth Community Garden is a small patch of green on busy Pacific Avenue. The north wall hosts a land-to-sea tile mural by Steve Elicker and Joseph Giri, based on children’s drawings of sea life. The Garden received a facelift in 2011 with the help of a Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant, with rebuilt beds and a whimsical red caterpillar sculpture on the fence. Though most of the garden plots are reserved for senior citizens at the nearby Park Pacific Tower, several are open to the greater public. There is a waiting list
Grace Park Garden
401 East Plymouth Avenue, 90805
The Grace Park Garden is contained a pocket park at Plymouth and Elm streets, part of a collaboration with the city to provide more green space in North Long Beach. Both park and garden were built in the spring of 2008. A beautiful wrought iron fence encloses large raised beds with wide aisles, where nearby residents grow food for their families. Several plots are available now.
Mary Molina Community Garden
1640 West 20th Street, 90810
The Mary Molina Garden began with a donation of the westside property to the City of Long Beach by the Molina family, who wished for a community garden to be created and named after their mother, an avid gardener. The L.B. Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine obtained a grant for the project, and honored LBO with the task of designing and building the project. Students from nearby Cabrillo High School and Jordan High School in north Long Beach were instrumental in building the planting beds, shady arbor, and a tool shed. Other features include a custom iron fence, herb beds and native plantings. Several plots at Mary Molina are available now.
Orizaba Park Community Garden
1435 Orizaba Avenue, 90804
As part of a major expansion of Orizaba Park, space was set aside by the Parks Department of Long Beach for this neighborhood garden in 2010. The garden was built by the Three Sisters group, who set up small raised beds for 13 gardeners, plus areas for communal plantings. Since Long Beach Organic was asked to assume the lease in 2016, the garden has had an influx of new members and renewed energy. There is a short waiting list.
Seventh and Chestnut Community Garden
348 West 7th Street, 90813
Opened in December 2013, the Seventh and Chestnut garden is in the heart of downtown Long Beach, with 20 small plots. This garden is a favorite of nearby apartment dwellers. Located in the Willmore City Historic District, it features a Victorian-inspired wrought iron fence, a small citrus orchard, a shady grape arbor, and a demonstration garden tended by the Wells Fargo Green Team. A curbside planting of California natives attracts butterflies and pollinators. There is a short waiting list. The Seventh and Chestnut Garden was made possible by a Neighborhood Improvement Grant from the city and a donation from Lowe’s Charitable Fund. Use of the lot was donated by local realtor, Erik Bueno.
South Forty Community Garden
2813 East South Street, 90805
Started in 2010, the South Forty Community Garden is a green oasis located in an industrial area. It has 43 plots, with many currently available. Gardeners and students from Jordan High School helped build a shady grape arbor, wooden tool shed, kiosk, butterfly pond, chicken coop and bee hive. Long Beach Beekeepers offers a bee class every first Saturday at 8 a.m. South Forty is also a site for the Grow LA Victory Garden classes each April. The South Forty contains a special garden, Jardín de los Santos, to grow food for charity. It is a tribute to the Francisco de los Santos Family, who donated the use of their property. Special raised beds provide local groups of special needs adults easy access, and a greenhouse is available to the gardeners.
Zaferia Junction Community Garden
3709 East 10th Street, 90804
Zaferia Junction Garden at 10th and Grand streets is our largest garden. It is the site of 90 garden plots, a large composting operation, a communal grape arbor, an orchard, and an earth oven. Space is set aside for a charity garden, which supplies donations to the Long Beach Rescue mission, and a shared herb garden. Many classes, field trips, and festive events are held here. Because it is located in the densely-built area close to the beach, Zaferia Junction has a long waiting list.