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Re: LA Community Gardens--roster, highlights

  • Subject: Re: [cg] LA Community Gardens--roster, highlights
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 16:14:36 EDT

Ya know, it would be grand if all of the information on the spread sheet and 
your descriptions were on your Common Ground website - maybe a few jpeg 
pictures of the gardens as well  - then the 50 odd LA community gardens could be 
better known to folks from all over the world.  

Somebody could either hit the ACGA website or punch in "LA Community Gardens 
and get all of that information."  I know, easier said than done in html - a 
skill I have yet to master - but highly rewarding, especially if you want to 
send quicky e-mails to funders, legislative aides ( more important to know at 
time than legislators) and cg'ers.  
A thought for after your trip to Chicago and beyond...

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman
 <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/";>Clinton Community Garden</A>

<< ubj:  [cg] LA Community Gardens--roster, highlights
 Date:  7/25/03 2:32:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  ydsavio@ucdavis.edu (Yvonne Savio)
 Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
 To:    community_garden@mallorn.com
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 Hi, Kevin Lampone and Adam Honigman--and everyone else interested in LA's 
 community gardens--
 I've attached our roster of active community gardens.  This is a more 
 current version than what's on our website.
 Thanks, Adam, for beating me to the response!  Always nice to have other 
 folks network our info, especially in case I'm not available (e.g., I'm 
 leaving tomorrow for 2 weeks, including next weekend's ACGA conference and 
 board meeting!)
 Kevin and others who might visit in the future--
 1.      Try to contact me sooner before your trip, so we can discuss your 
 preferences on the phone, and I can make some recommendations of specific 
 gardens that might serve you better
 2.      Here're some highlight gardens and their special traits, for you to 
 choose to visit--
 --Altadena--largish garden, friendly group of ethnically diverse folks
 --Beacon House--half-way house for former alcoholics, garden produce feeds 
 --Crenshaw--newly vibrant, tiny garden of diverse ethnics and languages 
 whose only common "language" is gardening
 --Echo Park--most active in fundraising and producing derivative products 
 (e.g., honey), classic transformation from dilapidated "crack" house to 
 thriving garden.
 --Enrique Noguera--beautiful design and construction by landscape 
 architect, partnership with neighborhood police department
 --Food Bank--across from LA Regional Food Bank, 300+ plots of mostly 
 Spanish-speakers, lots of intra-gardener selling of Spanish ethnic products 
 (nopales, etc)
 --Francis Avenue--tiny inner-city lot of Spanish speakers, garden 
 originally sponsored by ARCO and neighborhood church, now successfully 
 almost-sustainable by grants supporting garden manager and cultural 
 outreach manager
 --North Hollywood High School--thriving partnership with next-door high 
 school horticulture department and student community service requirement, 
 and with Dave Wilson Nursery (fruit trees)
 --Ocean View Farms--one of the oldest (30+ years), largest (400+ plots), 
 and most organized (committee structure)
 --Proyecto Jardin--initiated by doctor from hospital next door for 
 horticulture therapy; truly communal--no individual plots; yoga classes, 
 state-of-the-art exercise mat, mural, wrought-iron gate
 --Rosewood--small inner-city pocket garden highlighted by city councilman
 --Solano Canyon--literally at a freeway off-ramp, combined with Urban 
 Forest and Orchard (UFO!) project funded to develop horticultural , 
 managing, and life skills in conjunction with Dome Village homeless shelter.
 --Summit Avenue--effective partnering with city services and student 
 community service requirement.
 --Vermont Square--exemplary effort by one passionate gardener intent on 
 fostering neighborhood participation
 About 50 of the 60 active gardens have resident Master Gardeners--I 
 repeatedly "badger" the garden managers to send some of their gardeners 
 through our Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program, with their required 
 volunteer time accomplished within their gardens and developing workshop 
 opportunities for other MGs, hence fostering great networking, 
 communication, and dissemination of our University of California 
 Cooperative Extension science-research-based horticultural information and 
 Yvonne Savio
 Common Ground Garden Program Manager
 University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County
 4800 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles 90022
 Phone:          323-260-3407
 Fax:            323-881-0067
 Email:          ydsavio@ucdavis.edu
 Website:        celosangeles.ucdavis.edu (click on "Common Ground Garden 
 Master Gardener Email Gardening Helpline:  mglosangeleshelpline@ucdavis.edu
 Master Gardener Phone Gardening Helpline:  323-260-3238
 Volunteers of the Common Ground Garden Program help low-income and 
 limited-resource county residents to grow and eat more nutritious 
 vegetables and fruits.  Programs include Master Gardener volunteers 
 (seasonal gardening presentations) and Fresh From The Garden volunteers 
 (simple nutrition and food safety presentations).  We work primarily with 
 community gardens, school gardens, and homeless and battered women's 

The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org

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