Friday, April 15, 2011

Free produce exchange comes to Long Beach Bluff Park on alternate Saturdays

Produce Exchange Long Beach
Share your excess fruits and veggies this Saturday 9AM at beautiful Bluff Park at Junipero and Ocean Boulevard, overlooking the beach from the park’s high grassy vantage point. Bring a blanket to stay awhile and enjoy meeting other Long Beach gardeners willing to share their fresh and seasonal harvest.

The Produce Exchange is scheduled to continue the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month until the growing season wanes, beginning at 9 AM.  Although it is called an exchange, you are welcome to participate whether or not you are able to contribute to the offerings.

If you garden and are lucky enough to have more than your family and friends can eat, think about sharing your excess here. If your fruit trees bear more than you need, you can prevent waste and protect your trees from being damaged from overly burdened limbs, share your bounty here.

Sarah Rosenberger says “This is a place to connect with your community.” She is a member of Foodscape Long Beach. Sarah organizes their Produce Exchange, something she says “I have dreamed of forever.”

Foodscape Long Beach, founded by Ryan Serrano, is a community group recently adopted, or fiscally sponsored, by the Catalyst Network of Communities. Ryan has 9 years of experience as a landscaper/general contractor replacing lawns with California native plants. He started  Foodscape, a not-for-profit gardening service, to build and maintain food gardens on peoples’ private property. The Foodscape mission is to “foster the culture of local growing, increase community interconnection, and to aid the poor and impoverished.”

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You might also be interested in Donna’s other work as  Long Beach Urban Agriculture Examiner, National Science News Examiner and founder and executive director of Long Beach Grows.

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