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 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. 

Interested in collaborating? Send us an email 
Our Partners

Board of Directors

Sasha Kanno

Founder & Farmer

Sasha is the founder of Long Beach Local, an agriculture based non-profit holding the lease for Farm Lot 59. She is the farmer and vision behind Farm Lot 59. Her mission is to grow the best varieties, rare and heirloom best suited for this climate of coastal desert and to train the next generation of 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 movement. She lives in Long Beach with her son, cat, dog and a tortoise. 

Martin Howard

President


A Southern California native and 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. In 1988, he returned to his roots, continuing with the family business and working in the field seven days a week.

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. Over the years, he has been involved in many successfully completed commercial, industrial, hospitality, medical and mixed-use developments. Howard CDM’s more prominent achievements in construction include the Laemmle Theatres, Centurion Plaza at Fashion Island, SteelCraft and Le Cordon Bleu. In the realm of development management, notable projects consist of The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, City Place in Long Beach, and The District in Tustin. 

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 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.

Steve South

Board 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

Board Member and Volunteer Cooordinator

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, 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 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

Board Member

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.

Dana Swarth

Board Secretary

Dana Swarth has been deeply involved in garden education and organic agriculture for over 10 years, teaching at rural elementary schools and at the community college level. She has farmed throughout Central America and the West Coast. Dana is certified in Permaculture Design and ran her own small vegetable farm with a vibrant CSA in Mariposa, CA before moving to Long Beach. She currently works for Garden School Foundation as the Garden Educator at Annalee and Leapwood Avenue Elementary Schools in Carson. Dana joined the Farm Lot 59 Board in 2020.

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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 to incubate and inspire the culture of urban farming in our community through education, food accessibility, and by being a model of sustainable agriculture practices. 

 

We serve Long Beach, California and the surrounding area since 2010.