We are currently fundraising for the ongoing support of our Farm Lot Gives program.
Starting in March of 2020 Farm Lot 59 decided that due to the pandemic and ongoing needs of our community we would no longer serve the restaurants that supported our farm since 2010 but donate 100% of edible produce to those who need it most. In previous years we grew and sold produce to local resuaurants and worked directly with chef's to make a true farm to table experience for their guests. As awesome as that was to have our prduce on the best tables of Long Beach it was never the original mission. It did however pay the overhead for us to be able to provide our community with a working farm to vist and have a relationship with. We love all our restaurant partners and appreciate the years of support that they provided us.
After most of our restaurant partners closed in early 2020 we decided to switch ghears completely. We were no longer needed as our chef friends were struggling to stay afloat and keep their doors open as best they could. We donated produce to their fundraisers and did as much as we could as a small farm to help those who had helped us all these years.
We quickly switched gears and started working with Chef Eugene Santiago of Baryo, to provide healthy weekly meals for residents of the Elizabeth Anne Seton Residence (“Seton House”), which is operated by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. The goal of the Seton House is to move homeless individuals and families from crises to stability and self-sufficiency. This was a great first step for us to help those who need it most.
After our commercial kitchen agreement expired we were no longer able to make meals and began donating produce to the food pantry on 14th St that is also part of the Catholic Charities family. We have supplied over 3,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce to this location.
We are currently seeking new partnerships for our Farm Lot Gives program. If you are interested in donating or volunteering we would love to have you. The more you give the more we can also give.
Farm Lot 59 believes in a healthy and just food system that should be accessible to all. We envision a world where all people have access to healthy food and value where it comes from. Future farmers have the tools and knowledge to succeed on our farm or their own. Teachers can incorporate edible education into their classrooms using organic practices. Chefs use the farm-to-table principles promoting locally sourced ingredients, seasonality, and direct purchasing.
Thank YOU for the support to keep Farm Lot 59 available to serve the community.