Last Friday, the city of Long Beach, California celebrated a green jobs project that will support returning veterans, grow fresh produce for the local Salvation Army food bank and create a drought-tolerant demonstration garden too.
Coordinated by the Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP), several rows of the newly-prepared one acre garden will be planted with fruits and vegetables to help re-stock The Salvation Army’s food pantry. The initiative is appropriately called, “Grow A Lot. Give A Lot.”
While I was there visiting the new “urban farm,” I walked around the corner to have a look at a smaller garden planted and maintained by at-risk teens in the LBCAP program. There were tomatoes, herbs, lettuce plants, a well-stocked chicken house and so much more!
The Salvation Army owns the land on which both gardens are located and is thrilled to donate use of the land to help feed the hungry, build skills and preserve precious green space.
Here are some photos from the new plot of land and the thriving teen garden around the corner. Click on the white arrow to have a look at the slideshow.
Thank you to our friends at the Long Beach Community Action Partnership for their work caring for people in need and tending God’s creation. We appreciate what you do!