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Seed to Sky: Building an economic bridge from LA's community gardens to LAX

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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.

Planning the curriculum for Alba Community Center

Planning the curriculum for Alba Community Center

Urban Farm Alliance

We are a coalition of organizations dedicated to sharing resources to create more resilient communities.  https://alliance.farm/

We are a coalition of organizations dedicated to sharing resources to create more resilient communities. https://alliance.farm/


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” ~ Hippocrates

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” ~ Hippocrates

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.

Goals

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

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

Education

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.

Opportunity

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.  

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Food Labs + SDG + Veterans

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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

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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

“This pilot program at Arroyo High School will serve as model for other schools to follow,” said Marianne Zaugg, the Eco Urban Garden’s executive director.


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.


Gilman Greenhouse Programming

Our Future Farmers

Our Future Farmers

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.

YMCA - Whittier

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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.

Food Day LA at LA City Hall - Building the Good Food Economy: We Mean Business!

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On the steps of City Hall the next generation learns about vertical farming.

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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.

"1 Million Meals" Tower Donation by PLENTY/BRIGHT

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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. 

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Barriers broken down.

Barriers broken down.

Time to move these towers to a secure location. Thank you PrimStore for your generous donation of land and time.

Time to move these towers to a secure location. Thank you PrimStore for your generous donation of land and time.

Enter the calvary! With hearts of gold the men of Organic Harvest helped us move these to their new home.

Enter the calvary! With hearts of gold the men of Organic Harvest helped us move these to their new home.

Thank you Pedal Movement for your generous use of your shipping container!

Thank you Pedal Movement for your generous use of your shipping container!

We worked past sundown

We worked past sundown

Proud of our accomplishment!  Nano Farms™ is evolving into a separate social enterprise with partnerships with other local entities and with an ethos that reflects our own. We believe food should be grown in the community, by the community for the community.

Proud of our accomplishment! Nano Farms™ is evolving into a separate social enterprise with partnerships with other local entities and with an ethos that reflects our own. We believe food should be grown in the community, by the community for the community.

Where are we going?

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.

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The Great Wall of Long Beach being measured out

The Great Wall of Long Beach being measured out

The M.A.Y.E. Center

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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.

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DIRECTOR   Rothmony Laura Som   Biochemist (BS), holistic healer, survivor of the Khmer Rouge massacre

DIRECTOR

Rothmony Laura Som
Biochemist (BS), holistic healer, survivor of the Khmer Rouge massacre

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