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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…

Makena’s Corner: Got Mulch?

One of the easiest ways to keep your soil moist and cool is to apply a layer of mulch on your garden.  Start by checking with your local city or municipality. LA, Glendale, and Santa Monica all offer free mulch for residents. It generally requires being picked up from their facility. Another easy way to get copious amounts is by hitting up the tree services that work in your area. If they are trimming trees and chipping it on site,…

Meet Annet Sasser

  As a child, Annet Sasser learned to garden from an aunt in San Francisco who taught her all the domestic arts to keep her out of mischief!  For thirty years, Annet lived in Georgia and grew many varieties of fruits and vegetables at her home.  When she returned to California, she missed having a yard and one of her daughters suggested that she join a community garden. Just over two years ago, Annet obtained a lot at the North…

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, cmorales@yahoo.com, 323 586-2200.  

PVH cares for Mott St Urban Farm

LA Community Garden extends a BIG THANK YOU to PVH Neckwear Los Angeles who partnered with the LACGC to care for the Mott St Urban Farm, which provides organic produce to local residents, women's shelters, and food banks. A great day was had by all.

Warren and Lovejoy of Milagro Allegro Community Garden

Warren and Lovejoy Ontiveros, native Angelenos who met as students at the LA County High School for the Arts, cherished their childhood memories of gardening and wanted to share that experience with their own children. They joined Eagle Rockdale Community Garden & Art Park in 2006 with their son Nathanael and daughter Lilana. In 2009, the family moved to Milagro Allegro Community Garden, a few blocks from the house they bought in Highland Park. Over time, they set up a…

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…

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…

Meet Jose of Project Youth Green

A resident of Pacoima, Jose Landeros has been a member of the Project Youth Green Community Garden since 2008. He is active on the garden’s leadership team; he manages the assignment of plots to new gardeners, offers help and advice on getting started, and oversees the crops in the large communal gardening space. His favorite vegetables to grow are beets, cilantro, and onions, which he grows in his individual plot. Gardening has helped Jose’s well-being and resulted in close friendships.…

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…