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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,…

East Hollywood Garden Achievement Center project accepting construction bids

East Hollywood Garden Achievement Center project accepting construction bids
We are excited to be working with Osborn Architects to design the East Hollywood Garden Achievement Center at 1070 Madison Ave, LA 90029! Scheduled to open in January 2015, the Trust for Public Land and LACGC are transforming a 24,000 sq. ft. lot into a public park and community garden. Plans include 35 plots, large communal gardens, and a classroom where you can learn gardening, landscaping, nutrition, and cooking skills. LACGC is accepting  construction bids for the modular building through 3:00pm…

Meet the No Ho Community Garden

The North Hollywood High School’s agricultural program has been running continuously since the school opened in 1927 on 100 acres of land.  Today, the school’s footprint has been reduced to eight acres but students continue to learn to grow fruit and vegetables and care for rabbits, turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, 2 donkeys and a llama.  The school’s caretaker used to live in a small Craftsman cottage on a one-acre site next to the school farm but the cottage…

Community Garden Space Ready for Planting at Fremont High

Get growing in South LA! Over an acre of community garden space is ready for planting @ Fremont High School, 7676 San Pedro St. Los Angeles, 90003.  This new project is a joint effort of the University Muslim Medical Assoc., the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, and LAUSD. Open plots available for just $5/month. For more information: Christine Morales,, 323 586-2200.  

Meet Crenshaw Community Garden!

Founded in the 1970s, Crenshaw Community Garden thrives in one of LA’s most densely populated neighborhoods. The 36 plots are a patchwork of crops from around the world: peanuts, Korean pumpkins and greens, taro, sesame leaf, garbanzo beans, and fairy squash grow alongside Jerusalem artichokes, sweet potatoes, and chard. On a recent Saturday morning, Garden Manager Danila Oder was mentoring a young gardener while her family harvested lettuce. Jesus Rincon proudly showed his frjoles de milpa twisting around 7-foot corn…

Meet Project Youth Green!

The Youth Speak! Collective transformed a forgotten dump site behind Roger Jessup Park in Pacoima into the Project Youth Green Community Garden in 2008, and today the garden is a thriving community providing Pacoima residents access to green space and healthy food. Gardeners, ranging in age from 20’s to 60’s, pay a monthly fee and give two hours of community service each month in exchange for membership. The garden contains 60 individual 8 x 20 ft. raised beds for individual…

Seeds of Carver Garden in West Adams is ready to plant!

The Seeds of Carver Community Garden in the historic West Adams district is ready to be planted! Big thanks go to landlady Wanda for offering LAGCG the space; and to the LA Conservation Corps for building the garden. The garden at 2319 2nd Ave, LA 90018 has 18 raised beds and lots of space for communal gardens. Meet co-leaders Marie-Alise and Ben and hear about their vision for the garden at the opening celebration on Sunday, May 4 from 2-5pm.

How Can LA City Help You?

Take this 5-minute survey to help us learn how city regulations affect local farmers and gardeners.  UCLA and the Food Policy Council are conducting a study of city regulations that relate to urban agriculture so that farmers and gardeners know what is possible in LA and which issues may need more advocacy. Your anonymous responses will be available to the public. Thank you for your participation!