Community Programs

We would love to have you on the farm for a volunteer day, community service, field trip or tour.

Please fill out this waiver and bring it with you.

Farm Volunteer

If you are looking for a meaningful and positive outdoor volunteer experience and to be able to give back to the Long Beach community in 2020, join Farm Lot 59’s family of volunteer farmers or financial contributors.

 

Our volunteer farmers and financial contributors help FL59 fight hunger and food waste by growing, harvesting and distributing what we grow throughout the year.

 

Join us to make the 2020-growing season our most productive ever! We are looking for folks interested in being trained as FL59 farmers and financial contributors.

Dates and times are 8-11 unless otherwise posted:

Feb 1 - orientation (this day we will meet at 9 up by the farmstand)

Feb 8 

Mar 14

April 11

May 2nd - DATE CHANGE 

June 13

 

How you will use your skills to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable

gardening practices?

 

You don’t need to know a thing just come shovel ready!

 

•   NO prior knowledge of farming or fruit tree production is required. We will train you to plant, grow, harvest and distribute what we produced.

•   We are seeking folks who can commit to being trained and volunteering 1 or 2 times per month, for 2-4 hours at a time.

• You will occasionally need to lift and carry objects from 30-40 pounds.

•   You will regularly need to stoop, squat, bend & reach.

•   You will be on your feet the entire time you’re volunteering.

•   Farm work involves being outdoors even when it’s hot or cold, in the rain and in the sun.

•   Come prepared to get dirty! And Please NO OPEN SHOES!

•   Bring water, sunscreen, hat, gloves and snacks and your favorite tools if you have one.

•   Please let Sasha know, ahead of time, if you will be bringing children.

•   No dogs please. Thanks!

 

We know you have mad skills and abilities! Here are some of the things you might learn when working with FL59.

 

·       Bed prep

·       Soil health

·       Seed saving techniques

·       Seeding

·       Transplanting

·       Crop rotation

·       Proper tool usage

·       Watering / basic irrigation

·       Weeding

·       Pest id and management

·       Harvesting

·       Processing

·       Pruning

·       Sales

·       Marketing

·       Teamwork

·       Fundraising

·       that Mother Nature is in charge

·       And much more

 

Please arrive on time. Park at the top by the main entrance off California Ave and walk down the road, the entrance to the farm is at the bottom.  

Public Programs

Farm Lot 59’s Public Programs directly reach a growing and diverse group of adults and youth from around the South Bay area. We offer monthly tours, seasonal workshops, weekly volunteer farm days, quarterly potlucks, plant sales, and farm dinners.

Check the calendar section to see what's happening. 

Work Readiness

Engages students from Long Beach City College (LBCC) & CSULB who are focused on culinary, dietetic and nutrition as well as horticulture careers by providing job skills training and instruction on how to work directly with a farm to source ingredients for menu offerings.  This program also provides a source of volunteer labor to assist with crop production at the farm.

Youth Education

Engages middle school and high school age students by teaching them principles of environmental stewardship, food justice, nutrition, regenerative agriculture, leadership and community action.

Elementary Education Program

Long Beach area students are exposed to seed starting and composting. They learn how to take care of seeds, what makes a seed happy, and how to be a good farmer to a seed. They use fine motor skills and listening skills. They learn the difference between dirt and healthy soil. Children learn just how important little worms actually are.

Scouts

We have a great location for your Scout Service Project. If you are interested in planting trees, something involving sustainability and farm infrastructure improvements. We can help guide your passion to get the project completed. 

Farm Lot 59 has a lot of opportunity for green projects. Building benches, living roof, rain barrel, mulching, weeding, native planting, habitat restoration. If it's outside and green we can help make it happen!

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Long Beach Local is an agriculture based official 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on donations, grant funding and the sale of our farm products to cover our operational costs. Our mission Incubating Urban Farming & Food Education from the ground up. We serve Long Beach and the surrounding area. 2714 California Ave, 90755