Los Angeles Food Justice Network
In Association with LACGC, Occidental College and CSU Inc.

“The State of Urban Gardening in Los Angeles”

WHAT: Tour of Urban Gardening in Los Angeles
DATE: Friday June 11th, 2004
TIME: Buses leave at 3.30pm sharp, return at 6:30 pm
Location: Buses leave from USC Gate 3
WHY: In conjunction with the Community Food Security Summit at USC, June 10th and 11th
Info and RSVP: www.StrausCom.com/cafoodandjustice, or call 310-822-5410

Tour MC’s:
  • Al Renner, President LA Community Garden Council
  • Neelam Sharma, Community Services Unlimited Inc.
  • Katy Atkiss, CSU Inc.
  • Adonijah Miyamura, Food Forestry International

Stop 1 - “The Milpa”
Located at Normandie Avenue Elementary School, and part of CSU’s Growing Healthy Project. The garden started in March 2004 and is being built with the participation of 3rd graders in the after school program. These students work directly with CSU staff twice each week, once in the classroom and once in the garden. In the classroom they learn about growing food, Indigenous agricultural history, nutrition and cooking. In the garden they get a chance to implement what they have learned.

Stop 2 - “Urban Oasis”
A beautiful 1 acre garden at Crenshaw High School, though you could easily believe you are somewhere in the tropics. This urban farm has been designed and built by Food Forestry International which studies, develops and promotes Indigenous farming methods from around the world. Food Forestry’s founder, Adonijah Miyamura, has developed a 7-step system of intensive food production for the urban setting that works in harmony with the earth and its creatures. Food Forestry started partnering with CSU Inc. in the spring of 2004.

Stop 3 - Alameda and 41st Community Garden
Founded in 1992 by the LA Regional Food Bank in the wake of the LA rebellion. The garden hit the headlines after the LA city council approved its sale in a closed session in August 2003. More than 300 urban (mainly Mexican/Central American) farmers face eviction. The land, about the size of 14 football fields, is treasured by locals in an otherwise industrialized part of town. The farmers, who grow traditional foods for their families continue to organize against the sale, as they wait for legal resolution from the courts.

The Los Angeles Food Justice Network is a group of people committed to food justice, organizing to improve access to affordable, healthy food choices for everyone, guided by the belief that this is a basic human right.