As you’ve heard, agricultural water rates in the city of Los Angeles are set to go up nearly 300% over the next few years, and the increases have already begun. Our partners at the Los Angeles Community Garden Council are working to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of these hikes, and have organized a Day of Action at City Hall to make their case to local lawmakers.
The concern is that this increased expense will threaten the very existence of many gardens, especially those in underserved neighborhoods, and will deny people the opportunity to provide food for their families. By allowing these hikes to take place, the DWP contradicts the many efforts that the City Council and the Mayor have made in recent years to promote community gardens, urban agriculture and urban greening efforts in general.
We will be asking council members to include long-term budgetary support for gardens that will see increases in the range of hundreds and even thousands of dollars per billing period. We would like to see the city invest in the community garden and urban ag movement.
Please join us for this urgent effort. Numbers will make the difference.
If you intend to come, please RSVP and let us know which council district you live in (if you live in the City of LA).
And please wear green!
If you are unable to join us July 28, please sign the petition and return to firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or call your city council member.
Some ladies from the neighborhood helped us make kohlrabi fries
for after school kids yesterday. They were fascinated with this new
Per Florence 's suggestion we separated some of the baby succulents
and will give them as gifts to our tutoring volunteers. Kids painted
As we dug up out wildflowers to make way for summer garden, lo and
behold there where carrots and onions growing up amongst the flowers!
All my helpers yesterday went home with a carrot.
Thanks for your support in helping our garden grow!!
From Yvonne Savio's Gardning in LA blog...
You'll have a winter gold mine in your garden if you start seeds for overwintering crops this and next month. Yes, it's too hot to think about doing anything now but harvest and water and escape the heat, but think ahead to winter vegetable prices--and start sowing!
What a fun and feel-good productive 2016 Earth Day!
We started off the morning with the LA Conservation Corp cleaning up the Good Earth Community Garden. This included the adjacent side street in which we found all kinds of yucky things, and a discarded TV.
PAVA came in after lunch and added compost to the garden beds. Thank you to Sean who continued through, without wheelbarrows! He and the entire PAVA volunteers deserve a big hand for that!
Down the street at the Westside Neighborhood Park, the West Adams Neighborhood Council held their first Earth Day Fest. There were a lot of great organizations there providing great information. LA Green Grounds was present and shared information about Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling, presented the Good Earth Community Garden's David Jackson with his Victory Gardener certificate, and Summer and Francesca shared paper seedling pot making in LAGG's Teaching Garden.
If you have photos, please send them in to Summer Garden.
LA Green Grounds was blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of Urban Soul Farmer's Gardening 101 and Holistic Health workshops held at the 15th Annual Black Caucus of the Community Colleges Leadership Conference in Bakersfield College. Participants walked away with herb and vegetable seed bombs, various edible seedlings, learned how to plant seeds using recycled materials, and we discussed starting your own Dig-in. The students were great. Thank you to all those involved for their vision and understanding the importance of growing your own food.
A Green Grounds celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by continuing our creation of the LAGG teaching garden at the Good Earth Community Garden.
We planted sugar peas, scarlet runner beans, along the cyclone fence, and sunflower seeds. Fava beans go in the orchard site to start providing nitrogen. We trimmed the plants along the fence, and we also turned that trashed parkway along Carmona, across from the garden, into a beautiful border of succulent plantings and more sunflowers.