Farm Lot 59 benefits Long Beach by serving the community in a myriad of ways. Our working organic farm is an educational center that is used to foster inspiration and exploration into food and farming. We envision a world where all people have access to healthy food and value where it comes from. Farmers have the tools and knowledge to succeed on our farm or on their own. Teachers can incorporate an edible education into their classroom using organic practices. Chefs use farm to table principles promoting locally sourced ingredients, seasonality and direct purchasing.
From the very beginning we taught the importance of food production and the elimination of food miles. We pride ourselves on varietal choices picking only what grows best in our climate and passing on the knowledge of holistic farming principles. Since 2010, over 5,000 people have visited or attended an educational program at Farm Lot 59.
Farm Lot is a proud advocate for local food policy and was a key instrument in the adoption of AB 551 and for modernizing our city’s outdated agriculture ordinance and the Good Food Purchasing Policy. We have worked with many diverse organizations, representatives of local and regional governments, public agencies, other farmers, ranchers and food businesses. Our collaborative work is beginning to change local food access in Long Beach.
Now a ten-year-old farm with a committed growing board and strong support from City leadership. We are building on that foundation to implement our vision, elevating our educational program to extend the reach of our edible education through teacher training and increased focus on advanced farmer training and the holistic approach to farming and efficiency. We value farming as a career choice and see its importance in the local economy. And, we believe access to healthy food is a right and understanding where your food comes from is empowering.
Our farm demonstrates a market-scale model of sustainable agriculture using current best practices with the 2016 USDA-funded high tunnel extension. Modern tools suited for our small-scale have also come a long way since our beginning. We have worked with different tool makers to advance these technologies.
We believe that farming in the form of big agriculture is not the path to a healthy food system. We’re working to change the future of food by proving that vacant property can be transformed into a sustainable urban farm scape. When farming on a smaller scale one can take pride in the land and show diversity in one’s ecosystem and restore the soil back to its healthier state. As a result of the way we appreciate and value the soil at the farm, we are rewarded with vegetables, fruit and flowers that we share with the community. You can taste the difference in what our farm produces, not only because it was grown locally with care, but also because it was harvested from the earth, which we nurtured.
During these challenging and uncertain times, Farm Lot 59 is stepping up to help those in need through its newly launched Farm to Family Program. With our restaurant partners shuttered, we designed a program to make the best use of our harvest to meet the immediate needs of our community. Together with Chef Eugene Santiago of Baryo, we have served over 400 nutrient rich meals to the most vulnerable in Long Beach. We are providing 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 crisis situations to stability and self-sufficiency. Farm Lot 59 has secured funding to continue this program through [Month] and is actively seeking additional donors to extend the program.
The mostly women and children that reside at the Seton House have not had farm fresh food in years. Farm Lot 59’s Farm to Family program is providing farm fresh, organic produce that is mostly inaccessible to this demographic. Additionally, the preparation of meals at Thunder Studios and delivery of complete meals provides some relief to Seton House staff who can then continue to do their work to support residents in a multitude of other ways.
Past and Present Partners:
Boy Scouts of America
The City of Long Beach
Conservation Corps of Long Beach
Friends of the LA River
Long Beach Organic
Long Beach City College
Long Beach Community Foundation
Long Beach Non Profit Partnership
Long Beach Tree Planting Program / Port of Long Beach
University of California Master Gardeners
Wrigley is Going Green
CAFF – California Alliance of Family Farms
Young Farmer Coalition
Elizabeth Anne Seton House
Local LB area farmers markets