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Meet Fountain Community Gardeners

Meet Fountain Community Gardeners
It was a hot Saturday morning in Hollywood when I arrived in the residential neighborhood where Fountain Community Garden is located. The vibrant green that saturated the lot stood out between the houses and apartment buildings. I stepped from concrete to dirt as I entered the garden and made my way through the plots to the back where I met Alex Alferov, the garden manager. Joining Alex were Laura Guzman and Jessica Tarr, two members of Fountain’s steering committee. We…

Meet Don Francisco at the Stanford Avalon Community Garden

Meet Don Francisco at the Stanford Avalon Community Garden
               It was 7:00 am on a Saturday morning, and I was sitting with Don Francisco under his little open hut to avoid the early morning sun and share some freshly cut pepinos from his garden with tajín and lime juice. We were in the Stanford Avalon Community Garden, an eleven city block-sized garden with 206 plots, located in the South LA community of Watts, between liquor stores and corner markets, abundant in sodas…

Get to Know South Pasadena Community Garden

Get to Know South Pasadena Community Garden
Get to Know a Garden: South Pasadena The South Pasadena Community Garden at 1028 Magnolia Street is an example of persistence, creativity, and volunteership. On May 14th, South Pasadena Community Garden participated in the Eclectic Music Festival featuring the bands Picture Show,Lagoonatix and a flatfoot dancer, Rebecca Stout. Folks of all ages enjoyed live music among the sunflowers, green onions, swiss chard, and strawberries. The land was formerly assigned as a staging lot for the 710 Freeway extension and now boasts…

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 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…

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…
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