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Meet David De La Torre and the Jardin del Rio Community Garden

Meet David De La Torre and the Jardin del Rio Community Garden
Tucked between two modest homes, and not 500 feet from the LA River, sits Jardin del Rio Community Garden, a serene oasis of greenery and community. With its 28 plots, Jardin del Rio is a refuge for many older local residents, and a crucial source of food for families and children. But before it was a treasure, this small parcel of city-owned land was a blight on the neighborhood. In the 60’s and 70’s, the lot had been a popular…

Meet Trina Calderon

Meet Trina Calderon
I met the garden’s treasurer and former coordinator of the Manzanita Community Garden, Trina Calderon, on a golden weekday evening and she leads me up the garden, stopping us often to enjoy the sights and scents emanating from vegetation growing out of the dozen or so terraced garden plots. The planters, which are made of weathered steel, are a gift from a local company and enhance the bold, modern aesthetic of the garden. The garden is bisected by a steep…

2013 in Review

2013 was a year of growth for Los Angeles Community Garden Council! Highlights of the year are: Opened five new community gardens in LA County Partnered with 31 community gardens to help with the business side of gardening Initiated a bi-weekly gardening program at the Pitchess Detention Center Exceeded our fundraising goal for the Autumnal Equinox Event Held a Gathering of Community Gardens with 12 hands-on workshops Offered gardening and community organizing services upon request Visited over 30 potential sites…

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!  

Vote to turn a parking lot into a learning Garden

Gardeners, our friends need your help to earn a Seeds of Change grant. Help start an outdoor garden classroom for local schools by voting for the White House Place Learning Garden. Vote daily and help them win!   The Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust helped turn the White House Place Learning Garden from a parking lot to an outdoor organic gardening classroom for teachers, students, and families belonging to 8 schools within walking distance. The Seeds of Change grant will directly help this densely populated area…

Free gardening classes: Pruning, pests and so much more!

Free gardening classes: Pruning, pests and so much more!
Learn how to prune your fruit trees! Saturday, January 18, 9 a.m. Mike Woodward from the Eagle Rockdale Community Garden shares everything you need to know about getting your fruit trees in shape for spring. La Madera Community Garden 3805 La Madera Ave. El Monte, CA 91732 Learn the “square foot method”! Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. Grow more veggies in less space using these high-efficiency techniques. Pasadena Community Gardens 721 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 Are aphids killing…

A Grand Gathering of the Gardens!

The 7th Annual Gathering of the Community Gardens was a tremendous success. We hope we got to see you there, but if we didn't, here are a few of the highlights. The event was held Saturday, October 19th at the gorgeous Garden School Foundation in the West Adams district, and thank you to Executive Director Julia Cotts for being an extraordinary host to us. We had lots of great exhibits, from beekeeping and chicken raising, to how to make great…