THANKS to our supporters for a successful 4th consecutive season! LAGG takes a well deserved hiatus from digging July-August and will resume Sept. 2014-June 2015 for our 5th season. Over the summer months we’re busy with community outreach to scout new garden recipients for the next season.

We installed 7 additional edible gardens this season, including 3 workdays events at the truly impeccable food garden at Crenshaw HS. Gotta love it!

Happy Summer Harvest, to all our urban gardeners.

~L.A. GREEN GROUNDS.

PLANT IT, GROW IT, FEED YOUR FAMILY, FEED YOUR HOOD!

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A diverse group of volunteers, neighbors, family and friends assemble each month Sept.-June to create these edible gardens throughout south Los Angeles.

We bring tools, seedlings, fruit trees, native plants and food for our garden party, which we call a Dig-in.

At every Dig-in, we collaborate and create change–one lawn at a time.

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LAGG volunteers spend approximately 6 hours working hard to install each edible garden. Plant it!

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3-4 months after installation, LAGG volunteers visit recipients.

At each follow up, we teach recipients how to harvest and maintain their new edible, urban gardens.

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LAGG gardens are beautiful, plentiful and inviting. They are always in front yards and visible to the neighborhood.

This creates community and inspires other to grow their own.

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Recipients are happy to share their bounty with family, friends and neighbors. With L.A. Green Grounds, you can turn your grassroots into fresh fruits!

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LA Green Grounds is out ripping up grass and reshaping the lawns of Los Angeles residents. Meanwhile, Elon Schoenholz a local photographer decided to show us what the transformation process looks like.

His time lapse video of the beautification process puts an 8 hour day into 1 min, enjoy!

 

 

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Thanks to ALL who came out in person and spirit!

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The 3rd and Final Edible-Beautification Project.

Where: Crenshaw High School

5010 11th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043

(Pleaseenterat 50th&8thAve)

Monday, January 20, 2014

When: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Sponsored By Mother of Many

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Are You Home for the Holidays?
In the Giving Spirit?
Do You Want to Make a Difference?

Then Join L.A. Green Grounds “FEED YOUR HOOD” Holiday Dig-in.  

With our help, the Love Lifted Me Missionary Baptist Church will have a new garden to serve as an Edible Community Garden for 20 families living in the local neighborhood.

WHEN: This Saturday, Nov. 30th.  9:30am-3:30pm.
WHERE: Love Lifted Me Missionary Baptist Church
ADDRESS: 6501 Crenshaw Blvd LA 90043.
 
LAGG needs your help this Saturday:
1) Grab your digging shovels and garden tools and come out and Dig-in with us!
2) Drop off a new or used garden tool to donate to the new garden!
3) Drop off  store bought food, dessert, and drinking water and make it a festive occasion for our hard working volunteers!
4) Drop off vegetable seedlings, seeds, and organic fertilizer!
 
It’s a Community Holiday Celebration!!

Please Come participate or drop-off donations on Saturday only.
 
A GREAT BIG LAGG “THANK YOU!” AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!
lagreengroundssocial@gmail.com

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It was a long wait – even in Council chambers – but well worth it. The full council (with exception of Jose Huizar, not in attendance) voted “Yes” to the staff recommended, Bureau of Public Works approved new parkway ordinance — residents may now plant whatever they want, including edibles. They would still be bound by existing street safety requirements just as the off-loading setback for passengers, proper distance for visibility at intersections, driveways, 36″ height limits, no continuous hedges (access issue), etc.

The Council is giving staff time to come up with a good fruit tree list – trees that wouldn’t cause safety problems. And we have already submitted a list with justification to them for consideration. The City has been amazingly accommodating, seems to realize the importance of the public’s need for good, safe food, readily accessible. One councilmen suggested that people should first maximize their other space before going to the parkway. But the new change is truly amazing (for a bureacracy) in its simplicity. Yay for government bodies when it all works well!! Call your councilman and thank him.

Thanks to all the supporters of urban agriculture, who came out in an impressive number.

Next goal – access to vacant, abandoned lots for re-purposing as parks, gardens, including edible gardens.

Cheers,
Florence

Florence Nishida – Co-Fonder LA GREEN GROUNDS

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| October 3, 2013

“Trees that are planted on either side of a stop sign… There’s a sidewalk that’s busted up a hundred feet away. All of these things seem like, to me, a higher priority than, um… squash,” says Angel Teger, a South Los Angeles resident who was ordered by the Los Angeles city government to remove her front yard garden within 48 hours.

Teger is part of a larger movement to make urban spaces more green by planting gardens in otherwise abandoned “parkways,” which are the strips of land in between the sidewalk and the street. LA Greengrounds, the group that helped Teger plant the garden, has run into problems with the city before, but Teger’s situation was particularly troublesome because the city cited the parkway in front of her own house.

“The city does not own the parkway,” says LA Greengrounds gardener Florence Nishida. “But the city has an interest in it.”

That interest includes the need to regulate water lines and curbside parking. LA Greengrounds has pushed for relaxed regulations of the parkways for years, but only after Teger’s case garnered media attention did City Councilman Herb Wesson suspend enforcement of the ordinance banning parkway planting until a proper review could be conducted. That review is still underway. In the meantime, Teger gets to keep her garden.

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