Posted in by Craig Dietrich - Aug 29, 2011
June 2012 — “Saving the World, One Garden at a Time” (Streetsblog Los Angeles)
Reporter and LA Activist Sahra Sulaiman provides a personal account of a visit to an LA Green Grounds Dig-In. She interviews volunteer Craig Dietrich and Dig-In host Judy about the groups’s structure and the struggles and rewards that come with organizing:
The tools are also their own. The mulch and compost brought to the dig-in site are free from the city, but require that one of the organizers make the effort to transport it to the site. The only thing the homeowner is responsible for is sourcing any fruit trees that they would like to see planted and inviting their neighbors to join in the dig. In short, the organizers have invested a lot of themselves in making their vision a reality in the hopes that those entrusted with new gardens will carry that vision forward.
Full article at Streetsblog Los Angeles
October 2011 — “Green Grounds: An LA Garden Project” (Kelly Eubanks Blog)
Photographer and self-described gardener-in-training Kelly Eubanks joined LA Green Grounds for our October Dig-In in Southeast Los Angeles. Inspired by what she saw (and dug), Kelly posted a thoughtful Dig-In recap and photo essay:
In an era of global politics and economics through technology, it can be hard to stay connected to one another on a basic level even though we are virtually “connected” all the time. Sometimes it is about getting down and dirty with fellow citizens, putting our hands in the soil and actually sowing the seeds for hope and change together. We then come to realize how much we really can accomplish as a collective community and as human beings.
Full text and images at Kelly Eubanks Blog
October 2011 — “Greening our Food Deserts From the Ground Up” (Huffington Post)
Andrew Gunther sums up recent activity surrounding the parkway garden and activism of LA Green Grounds co-founder Ron Finley:
I bumped into Finley at the recent Good Food Festival in Santa Monica, CA. We got talking and he told me about his recent successful fight with city bureaucrats over his community garden and the grassroots initiative he’s set up to help urban communities to grow healthy, organic food for themselves. From the outset I liked the man, and we were clearly fighting the same fight, just on very different fronts. His story was as inspirational as anything I had seen or heard before.
Full article at the Huffington Post
August 2011 — “Urban Garden In Crenshaw District Gets Reprieve” (NBC Los Angeles)
As discussed below and on our blog, LA Green Grounds and Ron Finley set up an edible garden at Ron Finley’s residence. The catch? It was a curbside park, that used to be turf. NBC Los Angeles features the garden both on air on on print:
However, not everyone liked the parkway transformation and someone complained to the city, which then cited Finley, and told him to get a permit or pay a hefty fine.
Once word got out, the community mobilized around the garden, and the city backed off, cancelling a hearing scheduled for Friday.
The victory goes to the garden, which continues to feed the neighborhood.
Full video and text at NBC Los Angeles
August 2011 — “Growing a garden, and a community” (LA Times)
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.” (Full article at the Los Angeles Times)
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.
April 2011 — “Getting Dirty With Green Grounds” (McColl & Stakeman)
In April, USC Neuroscience student Kelly McColl and graduating Cinematic Arts senior Jackson Stakeman set out to document LA Green Grounds. The resulting video powerfully discusses efforts to combat food deserts in South LA through efforts by local residents, Master Gardeners, and institutions. At the same time the video provides a fantastic snapshot of Green Ground’s activities, its history, and the community of people involved in monthly Dig-Ins [...] Read full LA Green Grounds article about this piece