My mother was born and raised in Iowa on a farm that her father ultimately lost during the Great Depression. The family moved back into the city to live with her grandmother – her mother's mother – and then her father died suddenly at the age of 52 when she was only nine years old. My mother is 82 now, and still talks about her early childhood of living on that farm.
In Long Beach, the fifth largest city in California, in a sprawling city of 500,000 people, sits a small urban farm called Farm Lot 59. I had heard about the farm and farmer Sasha Kanno through some of the restaurants I represent as the founder of Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week. Remembering my mother's stories and memories she continues to share, I wanted to know more. I wanted to know more… and then I wanted to get involved.
When I discovered that Farm Lot 59 not only grows delicious, organic produce for local restaurants I frequent but is an actual Living Classroom that gives our "city kids" a unique opportunity that they would not likely get to experience if it wasn't for Sasha's commitment, hard work and perseverance. But she can't do it alone. Farm help, volunteers and most of all donations are needed to keep it going and build on her vision.
Consider giving monthly to Farm Lot 59. It helps us to sustain our farm community. We can plan and feel our budget is secure. We are looking for year end support from you.
Come visit the farm this spring, take a tour. Ask questions. Then rest easy that your donation will go toward something small but great: the continuation of Farm Lot 59's Living Classroom that can be enjoyed by everyone of Long Beach and surrounding areas, providing memories that will last a lifetime.
We have come so far and we continue to farm because of YOU!
When we started Farm Lot 59 in 2010 it looked like this, an illegal dump in an otherwise unused piece of city land. Since those humble and crazy beginnings we have done so much our our little 1/2 acre that I didn't even realize was possible.
We have taught 1000's of people the importance of small scale agriculture and have grown our community 10 fold. We continue to be better farmers, stewards of the land and openly share all of this knowledge with you.
Help us this giving season to continue our work at Farm Lot 59. Urban farming is the wave of the future but our future is now. This truly is a community farm and we need you to help us keep farming it.
Your tax deductible donation supports the work we do, future programs and awesome farm events.
For the third consecutive year Farm Lot 59 will partner with Long Beach Creamery on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving that encourages philanthropy following the frenzy of widely known shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The #GivingTuesday event, "Help Farm Lot 59 Flourish," will be held on November 28 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at Long Beach Creamery to raise funds for infrastructure improvements at the urban farm.
"Long Beach Creamery was launched on the Farm in 2013, Farm Lot 59 is part of our DNA and we want to see it flourish in the future," Dina Amadril, owner of Long Beach Creamery, said in a statement. "Even through one tough year, Farm Lot 59 provided us the best tasting herbs and produce - they make our ice cream flavors stellar. We want to give all of Long Beach a delicious reason to support our one-of-a-kind agricultural treasure on #GivingTuesday."
In addition to Long Beach Creamery's seasonal, organic ice cream flavors made with herbs and flowers from the local farm, limited edition "Flourish" cookies will also be available. Fifty percent of every ice cream purchase and 100 percent of every cookie purchase will be donated to Farm Lot 59 to support its ongoing infrastructure improvements, while neighbor to the farm EDCO, a waste collection and recycling company, and developers Howard CDM will match all donations up to $5,000, according to the release.
Those wanting to contribute online can donate via the link here.
"We are so grateful for our farm community. This year was a true test of our will and drive to continue to farm on our small plot and we want to make this #GivingTuesday an occasion to come and celebrate where we've come from and where we are going," said farmer Sasha Kanno, founder and operator of Farm Lot 59, in a statement.
"It's amazing how our community has embraced us during the constant theft, vandalism and hurdles," Kanno stated. "It showed us how important Farm Lot 59 is and the importance of us continuing to farm. The need is greater than ever for us to provide our city with produce but more importantly to be a resource for others."
Long Beach Creamery is located at 4141 Long Beach Boulevard.
#GivingTuesday "Help Farm Lot 59 Flourish" fundraiser Is coming soon! Save the date and join us for seasonal organic ice cream flavors made with herbs and flowers grown at Farm Lot 59, Long Beach Creamery will be offering limited edition "Flourish" cookies. 50% of every ice cream purchase and 100% of every cookie purchase will be donated to Farm Lot 59 to support an on-going effort to fix and upgrade infrastructure on the farm. Farm neighbor EDCO and Howard CDM will match all donations up to $5000.
Long Beach Creamery located at 4141 Long Beach Blvd