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Posted on 24 January 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Documentary Shows the End of America’s Largest Community Garden

garden2By Vanessa Richins

The 14 acre garden in South Central Los Angeles, California, started as a way to repair the damage done by the LA Riots in 1992.

The end came due to problems such as government corruption.

Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary film, “The Garden”, tells the story of the largest community garden in America.

The film chronicles how the garden came to be a source of hope and healing after troubling times. Lower income residents were able to feed their families healthier food and work with their neighbors.

The troubles began when Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 27 October 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Join the GardenSwap

By Vanessa Richins

Do you have land, but no time to do any gardening?

Or do you love to garden, but don’t have a space to use?

A new service would match landowners with urban gardeners.

Cultivating Sustainable Communities (CSC) is starting a new program called GardenSwap. Participants could sign up, noting whether they have garden space, or are looking for a yard to use. They would then be matched together and share in the produce harvest.

As their website GardenSwap explains, “Urban food gardens are not only fun; they support low-carbon food production, create economic development, inspire healthful eating, build community, create opportunities for education, address watershed health concerns, create Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 21 October 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Vertical Farming in L.A.

By Cindy Naas

Earlier this summer, UGC writer Vanessa Richins wrote about some lovely wall gardens designed by artist Patric Blanc.

His beautiful creations are living works of art.

A non-profit group, Urban Farming, has taken the vertical growing idea and run with it.

A series of four walls in L.A. have been turned into urban farms in a collaborative effort between Urban Gardening and Cal Poly students. 180 growing panels were planted up with organic veggies and herbs and installed in the four designated areas.

The produce was donated to area food banks. One wall was tended by residents of a low-income apartment complex and the food was Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 05 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

LA Unified School District Garden Program in Danger

By Vanessa Richins

It all comes down to money.

Administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School district find themselves with a $460-million budget deficit, which will likely mean increasing class sizes and discontinuing programs.

One of the threatened projects is their blossoming urban garden educational program.

It was started years ago when a man named Mud Baron started volunteering in the district. Years later the district was able to hire him and others as garden instructors.

As quoted in an article from Read the rest of this entry »

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