In the last fifty years, the meteoric rise of agribusiness giants like Monsanto and Cargill has wreaked havoc upon our global food supply, bankrupting small farmers while endangering the web of life with pollutants and genetically modified foods.
But a growing movement is striking back and taking action to maintain our food security in the 21st Century.
These “greenhorns” are creating Community Supported Agriculture, tending urban gardens, building aquaponic systems, learning permaculture principles, starting Transition Towns and eco-villages, urban homesteading, saving seed varieties, and practicing slow food ethics to ensure agricultural sustainability.
This month, Shift Long Beach invites you to join our community discussion of our evolving consciousness around the topic of food, and the local food networks that are cropping up here in Long Beach. Shift LB will also be launching a guide to local food networks for participants to take home and share.
The event will take place at The Chestnut Lot (729 Chestnut Ave) on Thursday July 18th, from 6-8pm.
Limited neighborhood parking is available, and alternative transportation is encouraged.
Food networks participating in the discussion include:
Foodscape Long Beach (Ryan Serrano) Long Beach Grows (Donna Marykwas) Beach Greens (Aliye Aydin) Farm Lot 59 (Sasha Kanno) Rainbow Juices (Chrissy Cox) Green Long Beach (David Hedden) So Cal Harvest (Cindy Goss) City of Long Beach Sustainability Commission (Elliot Gonzales)
Media contact: Tony Damico (562) 346-4617
This event is also made possible through the support of The Catalyst Network of Communities, our fiscal sponsor, and The Long Beach Time Exchange.
Here are some pictures from our April event, Creating a Culture of Tomorrow which was attended by 27 folks, and included breakout groups, presentations from inspiring leaders, and a performance by Feed the Feeble.
We also hosted a screening of Money and Life in May which was attended by nearly 50 residents at Cultural Alliance of Long Beach.
Shift LB members voted to explore Intentional Communities in our next event, so we've scheduled a field trip to the most successful, long-standing transition movement in Southern California, the Los Angeles EcoVIllage on Saturday, Sept. 16th.
We'll plan to take the train, and have great conversations along the way!
The Blue Line train leaves the Pine Ave. (and 1st Street) at 8:45am, so we'll meet at 8:30am. A day-pass will cost $5 and can be purchased at the station. We'll return in the afternoon, around 2:30pm.
We'd love for you to ride with us and have a conversation about intentional community, but if you'd like to meet us there, the tour runs from 10:30-1pm.
The tour itself costs $10, and an optional lunch is an additional $10 at the site. Cash only :o)
****TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP TO LBEVOLVER@GMAIL.COM, or send Tony Damico a private message by Weds. Sept 12th. Be sure to state if you will purchase lunch, so they know how much food to prepare****
The tour covers the following:
-Introductions and interests among members of tour group.
-History and context for the L.A. Eco-Village
-Definition of an ecovillage and our place in the the international movement for more sustainable communities
-Walking tour to observe actual conditions, actual and planned changes to the neighborhood as well as visionary possibilities.
-On-going questions and answers throughout the tour with Eco-Village guide(s) and spontaneous encounters with neighbors.
-Problems and progress in healthy development of an intentional community.
-What you need to know if you are considering entering a process with us or starting ecovillage processes in your own neighborhood.
This Spring/Summer, Shift Long Beach is working with T's Space, Project Narra, and Center Space (a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities) to bring weekly activities to Admiral Kidd Park in West LB.
These occur every Saturday between 9am-2pm, alongside The Greener Good Farmers' Market. Check the website for updated schedule of workshops, discussions, performances, yoga and zumba, and film screenings!