As of June 30th, 2011 the Wrigley Community Garden is closed. This two year project was a great success. We were very fortunate to have been able to bring something positive to a depressed neighborhood. With all of our hard work I feel we made a lasting impression on our neighbors. It was sad to let the garden go but I do feel we made something wonderful out of nothing.
If you are interested in buidling a community garden in your neighborhood let us know and we will be more than happy to help you get started.
The Wrigley Community Garden is located at 1950 and 1960 Henderson Ave. This two year project will help in the transformation of Henderson Avenue. We will teach these and other residents basic gardening skills that can be applied to grow their own food here in the demonstration garden and later on in their own homes.
Our mission is to aid in the continued transformation of the Henderson Avenue neighborhood. Our vision is to create a positive, unifying element to a block previously blighted with drug trafficking. This site will also serve as a demonstration garden to potential landlords for the garden’s future site.
Since opening in the summer of 2009, The Wrigley Garden has fed 40 plus families from its raised garden beds on the site of two former drug houses. The subject of a recent LA Times article celebrating the positive effects of gardening on the community, the Wrigley Garden is a two-year project located on land owned by the City of Long Beach. Supporters include The Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, Wrigley is Going Green, The Long Beach Community Foundation, Connected Corridors, 6th and 7th District Council Office, and Parks Recreation and Marine.
Our mission is to create a positive environment for the youth and their families through gardening, sustainability practices, nutrition and exercise. This urban garden serves not only the Henderson Avenue residents but also neighbors along the LA River corridor. In addition to creating a garden that puts food on the tables of families, our vision is for this garden to serve as a demonstration garden for the garden future site. We are currently working with district seven as well as the city Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine to develop a permanent site for Wrigley Garden.
In the short amount of time that the garden has been in operation, we have already seen a huge change in the neighborhood. Henderson Avenue is heavily impacted by gang activity and crime. With the presence of the garden, there is less crime, and a burgeoning sense of community, with neighbors looking out for their common goals and needs. We are also a fresh set of eyes looking at a neglected neighborhood. Per our request, the Long Beach Police Department has also stepped up their patrols of the area, which is a deterrent for the drug trafficking that often takes place on this block. This project, with the help from the Connected Corridor and the connections we have made through the grant process, will make a difference in the lives of the Henderson Avenue residents, and could be a model for the city of Long Beach. We hope our project will become an inspiration for other communities throughout Long Beach. The Wrigley Garden is thriving, and has become an innovative and cost-effective model for what residents can do when we work together.
If you are in the Long Beach or South Bay area and need help starting a garden in your community please contact us. We would be more than happy to help you get started.