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Greeting Letter

Annual Report

 2016 Annual Report

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Fellow Gardeners,

Since 1998, the Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC) has been helping people grow and maintain community gardens in LA County. We are proud to have helped build 38 community gardens and to have offered gardening and community organizing advice to more than 125 community gardens in LA County. Each of these gardens is a unique place where the plants flourish, but human life flourishes here too.

Have you harvested your own homegrown lettuce from the soil and served it for dinner? If so, you know how different this tastes from the salad we buy in grocery stores. Have you seen the joy in the eyes of children who pulled up their own homegrown carrots, realizing for the first time that carrots don’t come in bite-size pieces in a plastic packet? Have you shared the experience of building a raised bed with a neighbor? If so, you know the sense of bonding and satisfaction it produces.

We live in an exciting new era! More and more people around the globe are realizing the benefits of community gardening. Growing our own food gets us outdoors and exercising, it is a way for us to meet our neighbors, and it makes eating healthily so much easier. Community gardens are places where people come together to share their love of gardening, regardless of their ethnic or socio-economic background. Community gardens transcend social barriers and they are proven to help reduce crime in our neighborhoods.

Our goal at the Los Angeles Community Garden Council is to ensure that all people in LA County can grow healthy food in their neighborhood. I am thrilled to work with you to help build stronger, more resilient communities in LA County. Community is about relationships, and I look forward to getting to know you better as we connect over the nurturing act of gardening!

Sincerely,

Julie Beals