Community and Gardening in Long Beach, CA
As the weather begins to grow warmer, and spring is on the horizon, there are many of us that can’t wait to get outdoors and spend time in the sunshine. This time of year, seed catalogues begin arriving in the mail, and local hardware stores begin bringing out plants and gardening tools. I noticed many of my Park Estates neighbors are getting their garden beds prepared for planting as well. I am always inspired by browsing the Burpee website and seeing the perfect gardens with the lush heirloom fruits (I wish mine were that beautiful). Another great source for seeds is Native Seeds/Search, a great store located in Tucson Arizona – they specialize in plants native to the southwest, many of which are interesting varieties that are drought tolerant; this is of particular interest to Long Beach residents because of our residential water use restrictions. If you are interesting in starting from seeds this year, now is the time to start shopping.
Speaking of gardens, I just attended a work day at Unity Farm on Saturday – located at 5450 Atherton at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach campus, right behind Park Estates. This farm is sponsored by Long Beach Grows, who is “dedicated to promoting urban agriculture in Long Beach, California, and other activities that educate, enhance and grow our communities by ensuring and safeguarding local food security.” This is not a typical community garden with separate plots given to each participant, but a community farm co-op, in which participants work together in teams in one large garden. Food grown at Unity Farm will be “shared among the farmers and with the needy of the community.” Long Beach Grows has other community farms around the city – for more information, or to make a charitable donation, please visit www.LongBeachGrows.org.
If the idea of being outside sounds great, but you don’t appreciate the feeling of dirt under your fingernails, you can still get a taste of nature without getting your hands dirty. The El Dorado Nature Center underwent some renovations of their streams last year, and has recently built some new pedestrian bridges. I was there this morning, and it was a lovely walk, with the plump squirrels frolicking and the resident turtles sunning themselves on rocks. It’s my favorite place for a quick afternoon escape in Long Beach. The Nature Center hosts several programs and classes each month, including everything from bird watching, yoga, knitting, or Valentine’s night time walks. Check out their calendar for February here.
Whether through gardening, volunteering, or nature walks, I hope you find a way to enjoy the beginning of spring.
Keller Williams Pacific Estates
Park Estates in Long Beach gets a new El Burrito Grill Restaurant
We are excited to welcome El Burrito Grill to the neighborhood. In what has been a difficult economic period, it’s a good sign that new businesses are popping up in Park Estates. Adding a second restaurant in Long Beach to go along with their Bellflower Blvd. location and their El Burrito Jr. in Seal Beach, it looks like this area has fallen in love with El Burrito!
From the Orange County Register http://events.ocregister.com/long-beach-ca/venues/show/7652885-el-burrito-grill-park-estates
“At El Burrito Grill Mexican Restaurant you are assured the highest quality, freshest ingredients and great service.We take great pride in our food and hope you’ll come and love it almost as much as we do!”
If you missed the grand opening and the tasty treats they were offering, stop by and try it yourself.
Keller Williams Pacific Estates