Growing a Garden, and a Community



An edible garden set up early in LA Green Grounds‘ history inhabits a curbside parkway, and what was once turf is now a gathering space in the neighborhood. As written by the LA Times’ Steve Lopez:

Finley, who studied gardening in a UC Cooperative Extension class taught by Florence Nishida, later hooked up with Nishida and a couple of other folks to address what they call the food desert in South Los Angeles, where healthful options are in short supply. The group is called L.A. Green Grounds.

“We try to locate people who want to grow vegetables but don’t know how,” said Nishida. “We go out and visit the property and make sure it’ll work. Does it have enough sunlight? And we want to assess the person to make sure it’s sustainable, because a garden is a lot of work.”

> Read full LA Times article by Steve Lopez.

The City of Los Angeles cited the garden for violation of curbside regulations. However, the City worked with LA Green Grounds and homeowner Ron Finley for a successful resolution:

UPDATE: Parkway garden no longer on trial!

Great news from South Los Angeles: due to a large swell of collaboration between Ron Finley, LA Green Grounds, and the city, the hearing on Ron’s parkway garden (mentioned in a previous post) has been postponed indefinitely, an indication from the city that the garden has been accepted into the community. picked up this beat this morning.

UPDATE 8/22/11: just got word that the hearing about Ron Finley’s garden has been postponed until further notice. This is a great sign of progress, and we will update you with more information as it becomes available.

This is a wonderful encouragement of urban farming. If you, or those around you, are interested in beginning your own edible garden, let Green Grounds know by contacting us at [email protected]. The next Dig-In could be at your place!


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    commented 2024-04-20 04:20:13 -0700
    Absolutely love this article! Garden cultivation is such meaningful and enriching process for my own personal development not only by taking care of plants, but also building a community with caring people of the same interest. community gardening is something very mysterious to me – not only where we can talk about our hacks, swap seeds and see everyone’s garden became beneficial side by side. My local community garden is for me, yes, it is an oasis of green plants but also it is a place to develop connections and create a support system as well. Let’s keep up the tremendous work and gearing to develop enough gardens, we can grow worlds no, we can develop communities that thrive!
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