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Get to Know a Gardener: Heather Oblon

Get to Know a Gardener: Heather Oblon
I talked to Heather Oblon on the phone a couple of times before I finally ventured down to Hermosa Beach to meet her in person. It's funny to talk with somebody on the phone and get an image in your head. Then you meet and you finally get a chance to see if the image matches up. But she was much more maternal than I had originally thought, because as it turns out she's not just a mom she's a grandmother, which…

Get to Know Hermosa Beach Community Garden

Get to Know Hermosa Beach Community Garden
Imagine a beautiful open green space with lots of sky! Children laughing and playing in the background as an ocean breeze blows in your hair and between your fingers, the soil of wonderful earth. Welcome to Hermosa Beach Community Garden! On my visit recently to Hermosa Beach Garden, this is what I experienced. It was fantastic! I was greeted by the manager of the garden, Heather Oblon, who is a dedicated gardener, enthusiast and activist. She shared with us the…

Get to Know NorthWest Pasadena Community Garden

Get to Know NorthWest Pasadena Community Garden
The Urge to Community Garden By Mark Rice Back in the late 20th century there was a liquor store at the corner of Howard and Navarro, considered the most dangerous place in Pasadena.  Harambee, a religious group bought a house across the street from this liqueur store and brought Bob Burnett and his family out from an intentional agrarian community in Pennsylvania to try to transform this community.  The liquor store burned to the ground and since I was the local…

3 Minutes at Mott Street Urban Farm!

3 Minutes at Mott Street Urban Farm!
Our friends at LatiNation recently stopped by the Mott Street Urban Farm to learn about the garden, chat about the benefits of community gardens, and share the great relationships that have blossomed since the Urban Farm started! A quick 3 minutes will teach you all about the Boyle Heights gem! https://youtu.be/0hD3WfqkV-E

Get to Know Lavender Hill Farm!

Get to Know Lavender Hill Farm!
The history of Solano Canyon Community Garden is one of service and redemption. It first came into existence in 1996 when future LACGC co-founder Al Renner – himself a bit of an outlaw – petitioned to the Department of Rec and Parks to take over an area of Elysian Park prone to erosion and general neglect. He had helped supervise a group of young gang members on a garden project in Silver Lake, and knew first hand the benefits of…

Meet Eastwind Community Garden

Meet Eastwind Community Garden The Eastwind Community Garden is very much like the neighborhood it is nestled in: a mixture of the laid-back, eclectic, serene, yet polished, vibes that Marina del Rey and Venice have become known for. Located smack dab in between the beach and the canals, it’s rare in LA to find a community garden only two blocks away from the ocean but this small oasis fits right in. Spending a breezy afternoon there, I was delighted by…

Join In: LADWP Meetings About Schedule F

What is Schedule F's Proposal LADWP's Proposed Schedule F will raise water bills up to 289% over the next five years. What does that mean? The $1.37 you now pay per unit of water can end up becoming $5.32 by 2019. Schedule F Meetings Lucky for us, LADWP is organizing meetings to hear from residents. Don't let your voice go unheard; Join in on the conversation and learn more from LADWP about the proposed bill. Below are local meetings: find…

Meet Villa Parke Community Garden

    The Villa-Parke Community Center in northwest Pasadena was doing great things for its clientele, with playgroups for kids, recreational activities for seniors, and help for people navigating public services. But there was one area where director Rozanne Adanto really saw her folks falling behind: their diets. “It’s a borderline food desert,” she says of the ethnically diverse, low-income neighborhood. “There are markets in the area, but if you don’t have a car, fresh, healthy, affordable food isn’t easy…

Meet Monterey Road Eco-Community Gardens

Meet Monterey Road Eco-Community Gardens
Between 2008 and 2012, the city of Glendale transformed a few unused plots of land into the beautiful Monterey Road Eco Community Gardens.  The Monterey Road East garden opened in 2008 when the City of Glendale dug up a truck parking lot and made it into a community garden.  A year or so later, the city converted a nearby vacant lot into the Monterey Road West garden.  And, the Geneva Garden was part of a 2012 Habitat for Humanity low…

Meet the Elysian Valley Community Garden

The Elysian Valley Community Garden On a street bordering the abandoned BIMBO bakery in “Frogtown” sits the Elysian Valley Community Garden. The summer growing season is in full swing, and the garden is vibrant with the colors of growing vegetables and thriving plants. The garden is home to 30 4x8 foot garden plots, a large covered meeting space with benches and a stage, and an abundance of plants. Along the fence grow berry bushes and lots of trees - apples,…
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