Growing City Gardens

As Angelenos, we like to do our part by supporting our local farmer markets, and appreciate those who grow gardens in raise beds on their rooftop. But the true beauty of this city is right under our nose, around the corner in indistinguishable lots, where those who love to grow food, foliage and flowers are digging up new and unique ways to plant their gardens. While chatting with Teague Weybright, Board President, Los Angeles Community Garden Council, we stood in awe of natures beauty, fascinated by the endless variety of ideas these Urban Garden farmers chose to planet for their piece of land.... all the while sitting under a mulberry tree eating fresh berries.

What was especially nice seeing was Teague's kiddies gobbling fresh picked Kale, plucking figs off a tree they just climbed, and having them show me the importance of larva bugs and dirt.  More than anything, I appreciated the dedication and creativity that goes into being an Urban Garden Farmer, and the parents who are teaching their children old but new ways of playing in the garden.

Here are some good- to- know facts about the Los Angeles Urban Gardens.

 

Did you know?

There are over 125 public Community Gardens in the City of LA, serving over 6,000 people annually.

Did you know?

There are waiting lists at almost every single one of these.

Did you know?

Communities with a CG in their neighborhood show a drop in crime, an increase in property value, and an increased community awareness.

Did you know?

CG serves as a food hub for many local communities.

Did you know?

CG's can be built anywhere there is vacant land and with property owners consent.  The LACGC can help you.

Photos taken @ Oceanview Farms on Centinella.

For more on Community + Urban Gardens http://lagardencouncil.org/  

Our thanks to Teague Weybright, Board President, LACGC  for taking the time to show us Oceanview Farms. Special thanks to Ada Berman for connecting us with Teague.

 

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