Together with coalition partners, RootDown LA (RootDown) and LA Kitchen, we were funded for building the first food production site, Alba Community Center, featuring hydroponic and aquaponic technology, that would serve as a training ground and provide jobs for youth. L.A. Kitchen would purchase the produce to enhance its existing supply channels, creating an economic bridge from LA gardens to LAX.
Collaboration In Action
We are building a coalition to revolutionize the role of gardens in communities - not only as a training ground for food access and education but as an economic bridge to bring food dollars back into our LA neighborhoods. This coalition builds on this prior investment and commits to share resources - in South LA and other communities - to strengthen our capacity to create culturally relevant, equitable, and sustainable food system changes, one neighborhood at a time.
To build an economic bridge from community gardens across LA, to share resources and create more resilient communities.
We are partnering to change the face of philanthropy and invest in our local communities together to create dialogue and share cultural traditions through food.
Health of Individuals by consuming nutrient-dense food that can prevent or reverse chronic disease
Health of Communities by creating skill and business models that allow food to be grown in the community, by the community for the community
Health of Planet by growing food in the most water/energy efficient ways possible
The demand for ag tech will continue to grow & how can we start teaching these skills at high school to community college level. The specific skills that the world needs now That’s specifically what we bring to the table including certification programming.
It’s about jobs and directing people on a specific pathway to get one. What we envision is that we implement those technologies that will create a hub. A paid workforce development program.
We are proud to have had Farm Lab™ chosen as a vehicle to be considered to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. The broad goals are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve. The SDGs are also known as "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" or 2030 Agenda in short.
El Monte Arroyo High School Garden
The project is managed by Eco Urban Gardens, a 2017 Healthy Living Grant recipient. This life-transforming farm, sponsored in part by a grant from the Conrad F. Hilton/City of Hope Partnership, will expand on the current footprint and build an aquaponics system, more garden beds, an outdoor kitchen, a garden labyrinth and a Hugelkultur demonstration garden. The ultimate vision is to create a culture of health and well-being through a fully integrated garden. The garden involves school stakeholders (students, teachers, maintenance/facilities, STEAM, culinary arts) who participate in all the planning and execution of the project
Students and educators held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 2,400-square-foot greenhouse they hope will soon serve as the anchor of the technical pathway program. It will house aquaponics equipment, which combines raising fish alongside plants without soil and serve as the primary outdoor classroom and kitchen for the program.
Trainers: Two part-time trainers, possibly one depending on expertise.
Trainees: each cohort is one group with approximately 15-20 participants
Duration: 16 weeks or 4 months; 10 hours of weekly instruction
Frequency: Mon, Wed, Fri for 2-3 hours each day (time of day?)
On site: aquaponic training
Off site: landscape training or allocate space near green house for landscaping instruction.
Project Vision: To create a food garden that would replace the playground at the YMCA
Above are renderings for the food garden reflecting 24 towers per row, 4' towers with a 1' base unit. Towers are in rows under shade cloth with 3 raised beds for herbs and in-ground crops and repurposing the pergola area for harvest along with a 3 compartment sink and storage/lockers. The main entrance is at the south-west corner, did not interfere with existing ramp/elevated railing on the north side and one picnic table for misc.
Another successful year at Stoneview!
Stoneview Nature Center was created to be an urban garden sanctuary “focusing on health, art and the environment.” The 5 acre center was sponsored by the Baldwin Hills Conservancy and its garden plans were partly inspired by the Fallen Fruit project.
On the steps of City Hall the next generation learns about vertical farming.
Food Day is a national initiative designed to raise awareness of food system issues and bring together organizations in the Good Food movement across the country. We joined over 5,000 Food Day events nationwide.
The theme this year was Building the Good Food Economy - We Mean Business! A Good Food Economy is one that provides healthy food, jobs, and economic opportunities inclusive of historically impacted communities.
At Food Day, they highlighted this year's Good Food Champions and
hosted the first ever Good Food Marketplace, a vibrant outdoor market at City Hall featuring delicious food from local vendors and innovative demonstration projects from leaders in Los Angeles’ emerging Good Food Economy.
Thriving Classroom Nano Farm™ maintained by interns who are responsible for site maintenance and training at the various K-12 school Sites.
It is our intention to leverage the donation from Plenty/ Bright to help us reduce the cost of goods to allow for broader market access.
Under consideration is creating a growing/learning experience on the rooftops of 3 of Skid Row Housing Trusts properties with Nano Farms™. Ideally we would be able to train from within to continue the care of the Nano Farms™.
In 2013, Sustainable Little Tokyo embarked on a community-based vision process to design a scheme for equitable and sustainable development of three pieces of public, city-owned land: First Street North, the Mangrove block, and suggestions for the Metro Regional Connector station site.
A Custom Hydro System built to support the emerging field at CSUN is florishing!
Organic Harvest Farm | Long Beach
Organic Harvest Gardens, your personal, local, urban “Mini-Farm”. They specialize in Naturally Grown, Non-GMO, chemical free Herbs and Vegetables, from commonly known to unique and exotic offerings, specifically for Chefs and restaurants.
The M.A.Y.E. Center
M.A.Y.E. is a center for self-healing through the cultivation of well-being and the integrated practice of physical, spiritual, and community growth. Since agriculture; farming and its attendant activities and positive outcomes begin with nature as its core, agriculture is used as the basis for all elements in our healing process and therefore, it was decided to make it part of Our Vision.