Due to open in 2016, this 24,000 square foot site in a residential neighborhood close to the Vermont/Santa Monica metro station will comprise of a public park at the front and a community garden at the rear. We plan to have 35-50 individual plots, educational plots, a communal garden with fruit trees, and a classroom for teaching gardening, landscaping, nutrition, and cooking. Check out our Events Page for upcoming volunteer opportunities as we build the East Hollywood Community Garden.
Digging-in Against Diabetes (DAD) Project
The DAD project is a series of educational workshops designed to inspire men with diabetes to eat healthily and exercise in order to reduce their dependence on diabetes medication and to get in shape. The workshops, to held in Spring of 2016, will include inspirational words from Teague and other athletes, an introduction to gardening & nutrition, soil preparation/planting, composting, chronic disease management and reversal through diet and exercise. Participants will be encouraged to walk or bike to the workshops, and each workshop will end with a 1-mile walk or run in the neighborhood. Participants will be invited to attend optional exercise activities between workshops including hikes, runs, swims, and bike-rides. The project is seeking funds to make this program available at no cost to committed men from lower-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles who will benefit from this the most! Learn more about the project, how to participate or how to make a donation.
Lavender Hill Urban Farm
The Lavender Hill Urban Farm sits alongside the 110 freeway near Chinatown in Los Angeles, directly behind the Solano Canyon Community Garden. An educational site, the urban farm comprises of an orchard, outdoor teaching center, and a terraced hillside where all sorts of organic vegetables are grown and donated to shelters and other receiving agencies in Los Angeles. Soon, we’ll be tracking all the donated produce here on our website but for now, come out to visit and see for yourself! Volunteers are accepted at the Urban Farm on Saturdays at 10:00 AM.
Mott Street Urban Farm
Opened in February 2013 in Boyle Heights, this is the LA Community Garden Council’s first urban farm! Led and managed by dedicated volunteers, the farm grows organic food efficiently to distribute to the local neighborhood at low cost. Surplus produce from the farm is donated to the Downtown Women’s Center. The farm includes a small classroom area and we hope to install a demonstration kitchen for plant-based cooking classes. We welcome volunteers at the farm every Wednesday and Saturday between 9am and 10am!
Pitchess Detention Center
LA Community Garden Council teaches two classes per week at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, a maximum security complex housing 1500 inmates. The students learn valuable gardening skills and ensure that they will never go hungry again! All produce from the garden is used by the kitchen, providing fresh local produce for the inmates.
Solano Educational Center
The Solano Canyon Community Garden is visible from the 110 freeway, just north of downtown Los Angeles. It comprises the Lavender Hill Farm, an orchard, and a garden with 50 traditional family plots. We plan to construct an open-air amphitheater in the garden in 2016 to provide seating for approximately 25 students from a local school to attend gardening classes. In the meantime, join us every 3rd Saturday of the month for our year-long series dedicated to gardening through the seasons! Check out Events page for the next workshop!
Stanford-Avalon Community Garden
Opened in 2006, Stanford-Avalon Community Garden in the Watts area of South Los Angeles is LA Community Garden Council’s largest partner garden with 180 30’x30’ plots. Many of the gardeners are first-generation immigrants to the US who rely on the produce for their families’ livelihood. The garden runs under LA Department of Water and Power lines for seven city blocks from 109th Street to 116th Street.
For additional information on any of these projects, please contact Noelle Beals, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323.942.9676