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Urban Agriculture

Volunteer at Farms and Gardens

Urban Farms and Community Gardens serve the community, and are enriched by volunteers. Here are a few ongoing opportunities.

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Long Beach Organic

Opportunities

Garden Volunteer

Saturday mornings, other times to be announced. Assisting with ongoing garden projects at their sites across the city, as well as intensive efforts for new garden builds.

Perks

Green Thumb

Opportunity to learn from garden experts and support their growth in creating access to green space for diverse local residents, while boosting the environment by transforming vacant lots to health-promoting spaces.

Neighborhood

Citywide

Long Beach Organic operates several gardens across the City.

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Santa Fe Community Garden

Opportunities

Garden Volunteer

Volunteer hours vary during the week, and local residents contribute to growing at this small and unique site in order to learn and share the produce.

Perks

Garden share

Regular volunteers gain access to produce from the garden.

Neighborhood

West Long Beach

Located at 2800 Santa Fe Avenue, 90810 behind Casa Chaski's restaurant. 

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Farm Lot 59

Opportunities

Farm Volunteer

Seasonal volunteer opportunities are announced at FarmLot59.org and on Instagram.

Perks

Youth Education and Food Aid

Volunteering at this space helps create an educational space for thousands of youth, and crops grown for direct food aid in West Long Beach through Food Finders. 

Volunteer opportunities are not constant, but are shared on their website and Instagram.

Neighborhood

Central Long Beach

Located at  2714 California Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755

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Growing Experience Urban Farm

Opportunities

Farm Volunteer

The MAYE Center currently operates this urban farm, working with community partners to grow and share produce with Carmelitos Residents and beyond. They offer opportunities to assist with growing, harvesting, and distributing their produce at their farm stand.

Perks

Helping at this farm gives a unique opportunity to learn about urban agriculture, and serve a local community. 

Neighborhood

North Long Beach

Located at  750 E Via Carmelitos, Long Beach, CA 90805 across from Carmelitos Housing.

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Firehouse Community Farm

Opportunities

Farm Volunteer

Firehouse Community Farm is a small educational site that offers certificate training, crop sharing opportunities, and various activities for the local community.

Perks

Helping at this farm gives a unique opportunity to learn about urban agriculture, take home nice crops, and support the neighborhood.

Neighborhood

North Long Beach

Located at 6509 Gundry Ave in Long Beach.

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Sowing Seeds of Change

Opportunities

Farm Volunteer

Sowing Seeds of Change is an an educational farm that encourages healthy living, environmental stewardship through vocational training, youth entrepreneurship, and leadership opportunities at their site West of Downtown. They offer volunteers the opportunity to work on the farm, assist with educational programming, help with social media, fundraising, or administrative tasks. 

Perks

Helping at this farm gives a unique opportunity to learn about urban agriculture, work with youth toward entrepreneurship, and help a young organization grow.

Neighborhood

Downtown Long Beach

Located at 620 San Francisco Ave

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LB Community Compost

Opportunities

Composting Helper
Compost Contributor

Located at Willow Springs park, this non-profit organization processes organic scraps back into local soil. Composting is a great way to regenerate our environment and grow more local food. This organization accepts drop-offs of kitchen scraps on Friday mornings at the Willow Springs site, and at Downtown Long Beach Farmers Market, and welcomes volunteers who want to learn the process Friday mornings as well. Inquire by emailing with the link below!

Perks

Generating soil health for local urban farms and gardens

Learning how composting works and reducing waste

Gain access to high quality compost for your garden

Neighborhood

Central Long Beach / Signal Hill

 In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, their composting hub is located on the west side of the Native Restoration Area in Willow Springs Park. 

2714 California Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755

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