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Long Beach to Add an Urban Farm near Downtown

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Long Beach really wants to be the greenest city in the country. They are working towards being a truly walkable city, complete with a large bicycle network. Another sustainable goal of theirs are community gardens and urban farms. To date, there are 15 of them with a 16th to be announced on Monday.

For Meredith Reynolds, the city of Long Beach's Sustainability Coordinator, the city's approach to gardens is found in their history. "This was all a farm," she explained over the phone. "It's getting back to that deep seeded history of what Long Beach used to be."

In October, the Trust for Public Land -- that's the group behind saving the Hollywood Sign -- ranked Long Beach as the number 3 city in the country for most urban gardens per capita. And come Monday, they might edge out the competition for a higher ranking spot.