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!
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.
Florence Nishida – Co-Fonder LA GREEN GROUNDS2 COMMENTS
“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.
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.
The Master Gardener showing us how to handle those new edibles.
Talk about sustainability, dumbplastic.org was in the garden pushing sustainability with their “Not A Plastic Bottle” Initiative
Yep, we made sure the hands and dishes had a place to sanitize!
Thanks to one volunteer and the timing of the ice cream truck, we had dessert!
Hope to see you guys at the next LAGG Dig-In
Come and create change, one lawn at a time!
LA Green Grounds
Photo Creds: Jennifer Blakeney blakeneyphotography.zenfolio.com
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:
- Or be a garden recipient
Please email us at:
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
- Assets. We are all assets. Every human being has something to contribute.
- 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.
- 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?”
- 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.
- 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!ADD A COMMENT
This week has been a flurry of activity. Two dig-ins, over a hundred volunteers, from far and wide–North Hills, Orange County, Cerritos, Santa Monica, La Habra, Glendale, Pasadena, Lawndale, W Hollywood, Redlands, Inglewood, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Encino, and Compton, as well as our beloved Los Angeles. And even the ice-cream truck stopped by.
And in new news, we got two lovely and substantial donations in hand.
One is a super-generous gift of $5000 from the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) Foundation based in Los Angeles. Their gift will help us build our infrastructures, so we can acquire, use and share resources like tools, seeds, and software. Many many thanks for your generosity!
The second one is another local donation–super-local, from a neighborhood council in LA, the North Area Neighborhood Development Council, based in a part of S LA where we have hosted several dig-ins. In LA, neighborhood councils are independent citizens groups housed in each neighborhood. Their support of our work based on results seen on the ground means a lot to us!
We thank you for your interest in our work, and for your ongoing support. We have prided ourselves on running a low-overhead operation. To make sure that our ongoing operations remain steady and accessible to anyone, we are now able to take tax-deductible donations.
We are partnering with The LA Community Garden Council as our fiscal sponsor–a 501(c)3 organization, aka a non-profit organization. This means that donations that you make will now be tax-deductible.
Your generous support will allow us to extend our services to those in need of healthy, nourishing food gardens throughout South Los Angeles, California. First, here’s how to do it via Paypal.
If you are giving a donation by check, please make the check or money order payable to our fiscal sponsor, “Los Angeles Community Garden Council” or “LACGC.” In the “memo” part of the check, please write, “LA Green Grounds.” The tax ID # you may need is 31-1734705.
You can send your tax-deductible donations to:
LA Green Grounds, P.O. Box 165, Topanga, CA 90290.
[Address the envelope to Green Grounds, just not the check...]
Once again, thank you for your donation to LA Green Grounds. With your support, we will continue to grow connections between people and their communities, one garden at a time.
Should you wish to contact or make a contribution to our amazing co-founder Ron Finley directly, please do so at his website here.
LA Green Grounds
LA Green Grounds would like to thank everyone for writing in and showing so much support for the work we do. The March Dig-In is at capacity!
We really appreciate it and look forward to honoring Mother Earth this April with a Earth Day Dig-in. To LA Green Grounds, every day is Earth Day.18 COMMENTS
The Expo Park community in South Los Angeles has seen a flurry of activity in the last few months. In October (2012) CicLaVia–a large block party and bike ride–came down the Figueroa Corridor. A few weeks later, the Space Shuttle Endeavor moved down the street on a two day journey to the nearby California Science Center. Now, since February, there is a new front yard edible garden gracing W. Martin Luther King Blvd! Thanks to all volunteers that helped set up the garden, Fumi for being a wonderful host, and Sachiko for taking the pictures.