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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Sept 28th, Rimpau St. Dig-in

Yeah, we dug in, got dirty, caused some ruckus and most definitely slept well that night!

Oh and it was our first time we asked all the volunteers to bring their own canteens and utensils.

This year we are focused on sustainability more than ever!

Check out some of these pics and next time you, can

Plant it, Grow it and Feed Your Hood…LAGG style of course.

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The Master Gardener showing us how to handle those new edibles.

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Talk about sustainability, dumbplastic.org was in the garden pushing sustainability with their “Not A Plastic Bottle” Initiative 

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Yep, we made sure the hands and dishes had a place to sanitize!

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Thanks to one volunteer and the timing of the ice cream truck, we had dessert!

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Hope to see you guys at the next LAGG Dig-In 

Come and create change, one lawn at a time!

Peace, 

LA Green Grounds 

Photo Creds: Jennifer Blakeney blakeneyphotography.zenfolio.com

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LAGG Hiatus

Since the last time you heard from us,

LAGG social media has flowered.

We’ve stacked-up an amazing volunteer

base. Veggie Laws are changing and

LA Green Grounds is ready to Dig-in!

 

Peep What’s Going On This September:

  • OWN Network – Employee Wellness Fair – Sept 19
  • Secret Fall Equinox Dig-in – Sept. 21
  • Exclusive Training Day Dig-in – Sept. 28
  • Parkway Citation Motions – We wont back down!

             (Look out for LAGG updates on social media)

  • LAGG will be at Watts Towers Jazz and Drum Fest –  Sept. 28-29 (Flyer Link)

 

This Seasons Dig-Ins are going to be rockin!

Here is the 101 on Dig-Ins:

  • Always Visible to the Community!
  • Amazing, diverse gatherings!
  • 15–30 volunteers getting dirty!
  • Arrive a novice, leave an advocate!
  • Creating change, one lawn at a time!
  • Plant it, Grow it, Feed your hood!

 

If you’re on the volunteer list, superb.

If you’re not on our volunteer list and would like to create change in this falls:

  • Dig-in
  • Or be a garden recipient

 Please email us at:

lagreengrounds@gmail.com

Donate

 

Stay Involved, Speak Up, Create Change with LAGG online:

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We’re happy to announce that we have joined the Arroyo SECO network of time banks. A time bank is a kind of sharing community, where group members perform X hours of work (raking leaves, baby-sitting, sewing, giving massages, transplanting trees, offering legal advice, and much much more…) in exchange for benefiting from the same number of hours of service from another member in the network.The “bank” part is that (maybe unlike some banks of recent years!) the number of hours you put in is what you get out, with the additional “interest” of community-building and known providers of skills and services you need.

At present, the Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks are located in the following neighborhoods; Pasadena, Altadena, North East Los Angeles, Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Glendale, Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, Westlake, West Adams and Koreatown. West Adams is the closest one to most of our dig-ins.

How time-banking might work in our case is that we may do an outreach event–like the one at Watts Towers on September 28 and 29–for three hours. Then, another member could do three hours of labor in a GG dig-in, and get credit for that.

By trading on our strengths, individually and as a group, people can get “credit” for doing volunteer work that they might not otherwise have the resources to do.

Here are the basic principles of the Arroyo SECO network of time banks. They are right up our alley, as a group trying to promote equity, community and general quality of life.

The Core Values of Time Banking

  1. Assets. We are all assets. Every human being has something to contribute.
  2. Redefining Work. Some work is beyond price. Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.
  3. Reciprocity. Helping works better as a two-way street. The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?”
  4. Social Networks. We need each other. Networks are stronger than individuals. People helping each other reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. Special relationships are built on commitment.
  5. Respect. Every human being matters. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be in the future.

Read here for more on the nuts and bolts of time-banking. We are looking forward to working with time bankers and furthering our working relationships with members of our community!

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