Community Partners

Farm Lot 59's partners represent friends and partners in our community from both non-profit and for-profit models. We work with outstanding businesses tackling real challenges but with creativity to allow the economy, community, and our shared environments to thrive.
We are supported by organizations committed to sustainability and working to build a more vibrant future. Together, we collaborate on edible education accessible by all, urban agriculture in its many forms, programs, food policy, events, and more. 

We rely on these relationships to help us both spread the word of a more healthy and nutritious lifestyle. 

A Good Carrot

House to Home - Fine Gardens

LB Community Foundation

Amy Tanaka Art & Design


Compound LB


Long Beach Gives


Catholic Charities

Luther Burbank Savings

Ground Education

LB Community Compost



Howard CDM

City of Long Beach

Food Finders

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Board of Directors



Sasha is the founder of Long Beach Local, an agriculture-based non-profit, and the vision and farmer for Farm Lot 59. 


Since 2010 her mission is to utilize Farm Lot 59 to grow produce and specialty flowers for the community of Long Beach. 

Not only growing produce, herbs, fruit, and cut flowers but also growing the next generation of regenerative urban farmers. 


She has been awarded numerous grants and awards for her work in the community as a leader, innovator, and driving force in the local food and floral movement. She is a member of Slow Flowers, the Association of Speciality Cut Growers Association, and an active member of the USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee serving Los Angeles County.  

She lives in Long Beach with her son, partner, kitties, and her dog Mango.



A Southern California native and a life-long cyclist who competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials, Martin D. Howard projects the type of self-assurance that is common in those who have proven themselves time and time again. In 1972, Martin’s father, Michael Howard, started a small construction business out of his garage after teaching himself the trade and obtaining his contractor’s license. Martin grew up working “in the trades” surrounded by the business he learned by being hands-on while working side-by-side with his father on the weekends and after school. 


Following his college graduation, Martin competed in the United States and Europe as a member of the US National Cycling Team. With close to 40 years of experience in the industry, Martin has grown the small family business his father began into a successful, multi-million-dollar company with over 50 employees.


Martin is involved in cycling and community development in Long Beach where he, his wife, and their three children make their home. He is the president of the nonprofit organization BIKEable Communities, a board member of Farm Lot 59, and also played a major role in the revitalization of a mile-long commercial corridor along Long Beach Boulevard in Bixby Knolls.


VICE President

EDCO is one of the largest family-held solid waste companies in the State of California. In his duties, Mr. South is responsible for oversight of all operations in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, including refuse and recycling collection, processing/marketing/transportation of recyclables, customer service, inter-governmental affairs, market development, transfer, and transport operations.


In addition, he has directly overseen the development, permitting, financing, design, and construction of ten new Solid Waste / Material Recovery Facilities.


Mr. South has been officially recognized by the United States House of Representatives, the State of California Senate and Assembly, the County of San Diego, and the Port of San Diego among others, for outstanding business leadership and community support.



C.J. Crockett, is a 3rd Generation LB native, with gardening and farming in her blood. Her grandfather was a land lease farmer at Rancho Los Alamitos, where her father was raised growing corn & watermelon among other things. C.J. has been married 30 years and has two adult sons.

She owns and runs House to Home - Fine Gardens, a landscape company for 17 years, after receiving a Certificate in Horticulture from LBCC. Her company specializes in small-scale and patio gardens often found on waterfront property. She is well versed, both through education and hands-on experience, in the use of native plants, lower water gardens, and other components that blend to fit the Southern California lifestyle.

Prior to founding House to Home, C.J. spent many years working in school gardens, guiding youth programs, and as a volunteer. She is a regular guest lecturer and instructor to various groups throughout the community on multiple garden topics and at all age levels.

C.J. is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is on the designer list for the LB Lawn to Garden Program.



Liana Prieto is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Luther Burbank Corporation and Luther Burbank Savings, a $7.0 billion community bank.


She is responsible for leading a team of legal, human resources, Bank Secrecy Act, and third-party risk management professionals; she is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Luther Burbank, Liana served as Counsel at Buckley Sandler LLP from 2009 to 2014; and as a trial attorney in the Enforcement & Compliance Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.


In addition to her role at Luther Burbank, Liana has also served in leadership and advisory roles in various legal associations, including the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and the American Association of Bank Directors. She holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School and a B.A. from Georgetown University. 


Liana is also a principal of Dirt Days LLC, a tour company specializing in off-road Baja adventures.

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Samantha Schwartz has a long family history of farming and gardening. Her grandparents are from Sumatra, Indonesia, where they worked for many years in their rice fields before immigrating to the US with her mother. The green thumb passed down through the generations and now Samantha has a large plant family she tends to!

As Executive Assistant to Martin Howard at Howard CDM, Samantha met Sasha while she tended a rooftop garden on one of the company’s buildings. She knew immediately this was an organization that she wanted to be involved with. Not only for what Farmlot 59 is but for what they do. Food insecurity is a social cause that is near and dear to Samantha and Farmlot 59 has worked tirelessly to help alleviate some of that throughout the community. Samantha is excited to be a part of that growing opportunity.

Samantha is a Long Beach Native, proud mom, avid indoor cyclist, and chicken owner.

BOARD secretary