Build a Community Garden and Urban Farm in East LA

 
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Jun 16, 2014

Springtime Events in the Garden

Spring gardening classes 1
Spring gardening classes 1

Springtime at the East LA Learning Garden has been filled with very fun and informative events and classes. On April 23rd we hosted a Volunteer Event with PVH, one of the largest global apparel companies. More than a dozen of their employees came to help us with general gardening maintenance. Check out the photos attached!

Our Master Gardeners, including UC Master Gardener Michelle Segura & Mujeres De Maiz lead a series of victory garden classes titled “Organic Edible Gardening 101”. This was a beginner's level series with classes which combined lectures, guest speakers and hands-on work in the garden. All students had the opportunity to take home plenty of seeds, plants, and other goodies throughout the series.

Other improvements to the garden made by our Corpsmembers include:

  • The laying of waddle on the hillsides and the use of recycled concrete for tree wells.
  • The addition of 5 cubic yards of mulch along the walking path.
  • We also received 25 cubic yards of mulch and 5 cubic yards of compost to be added to our garden.

Thank you to all of our donors for continuing to make these opportunities possible for our corpsmembers and our community. Thanks to you, this urban garden thriving better than ever!

If you’re interested in visiting our special garden, please contact me at tleung@lacorps.org or come by on our Harvest days, which take place on Sundays from 9am to 1pm. Remember to bring your baskets or reusable bag to take home some veggies! 

Thank you again for all of your support!

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Spring gardening classes 2
Spring gardening classes 2
Spring gardening classes 3
Spring gardening classes 3
Spring gardening classes 4
Spring gardening classes 4
Springtime at the East LA Learning Garden!
Springtime at the East LA Learning Garden!

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Feb 11, 2014

East LA Learning Garden's New Garden Beds!

Corpsmembers working on our new garden beds
Corpsmembers working on our new garden beds

It has been a busy winter at our East Los Angeles Learning Garden! Our Corpsmembers worked at the garden leveling a new area for additional community garden beds. These garden beds will serve as both an outdoor classroom as well as working beds for the community of Boyle Heights.  In total, the crew excavated approximately 10 cubic yards of soil, constructed 13 (3’ X 6’) garden beds, and installed landscape fabric.  The LA Corps will be ordering soil to backfill the beds next month.

The crew also provided maintenance to the existing beds by removing weeds from the walking paths, repaired the decomposed granite walking path, fabricated and installed a bulletin board and provided general maintenance in the form of weed  and litter abatement. 

Being that harvesting season ended in October, the garden had no community harvest days since then. We will resume our Sunday Community Harvest days this month!

In total, 12 young adult corpsmembers received marketable job training while working at the East LA Learning Garden.  They learned how to operate equipment such as our bobcat and a walk-behind trencher, used multiple hand tools, learned plant and tree identification and light carpentry.

Thank you for continuing to make these opportunities possible for our corpsmembers and this urban garden thrive.

If you would like to make another contribution to the East LA Learning Garden, please consider donating on Wednesday, February 12th- the 1st Global Giving Bonus Day of 2014! Donations will be matched at 30% (until funds run out) and a $1000 award will be given to the project that as the most contributions on that day. We would be very grateful if you could share this Bonus Day information with your social networks.

If you’re interested in visiting our special garden, please contact me at tleung@lacorps.org or come by on our Harvest days, which take place on Sundays from 9am to 1pm. Remember to bring your baskets or reusable bag to take home some veggies!

Thank you again for all of your support!

Our growing garden
Our growing garden
Nurturing our newest plants
Nurturing our newest plants
We
We're looking forward to this month's harvest!

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Nov 8, 2013

Giving Thanks from the East LA Garden!

Chris, Cody & Francis send a message with veggies!
Chris, Cody & Francis send a message with veggies!

As the holiday season quickly approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU – our wonderful supporters – for making the East LA Learning Garden a reality!

Over two years ago, Alex Lopez, the Director of our East LA Center, dreamed of creating a place where our corpsmembers could apply their construction, irrigation and landscaping skills to create a community space that would promote healthier lifestyles and offer fresh produce at affordable prices in an underserved urban neighborhood.

With your help, we now have a vibrant urban farm that brings the neighborhood together for weekly harvests, engages local residents in deciding what crops to plant and provides on-going learning opportunities for our young people.  Corpsmembers have installed a rainwater capture system, built a composting center and learned about seasonal crop rotations.

“We are very grateful to all our supporters and partners who believed in our project and took action to help us make our plans and dreams come true,” said Alex.

In partnership with the LA Community Garden Council, the East LA Learning Garden has also provided donations of fresh produce to the Downtown Women’s Center, which provides 3 meals each day for their drop-in center guests.  In the future, the Garden will sell some of its produce to local restaurants that specialize in “farm to fork” offerings to help pay for its operations, but donations to local food banks will continue to serve the community as well.

We invite you to come and join us for a Sunday Market Day (9am – 1pm) and to share this project with your friends!  More photos can be found on our Facebook page (facebook.com/lacorps).

From all of us at the LA Conservation Corps, thank you for making a difference!

Downtown Women
Downtown Women's Center appreciates fresh produce
Staff member Carlos gets his son to help out!
Staff member Carlos gets his son to help out!
Community residents take trees to plant at home!
Community residents take trees to plant at home!
Outdoor meeting space is used for community events
Outdoor meeting space is used for community events

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Oct 14, 2013

East LA Learning Garden Changes Lives

Corpsmembers harvest vegetables for the community
Corpsmembers harvest vegetables for the community

Fall has officially begun at the East LA Learning Garden and thanks to your support, new winter crops were planted last weekend during a community work day.  Volunteers including nearby residents, local students and LA Community Garden Council volunteers gathered to plant kale, arugula, radishes, green onions, spinach, potatoes, beets, cabbage, carrots and cilantro.

In preparation for the event, corpsmembers practiced their presentation skills by spending several weeks canvassing the neighborhood, asking local community members what vegetables they would like to have planted at the garden.  77% of those surveyed expressed interest in attending gardening and cooking classes.  Every Sunday, neighbors are invited to attend Market Day, where they can help harvest the crops and take home some of the produce at a nominal cost.  The remaining vegetables are donated to the Downtown Women’s Center, which provides vital services and three nutritious meals each day for over 150 homeless women who utilize its Day Center.  Your contribution is making a real impact every day!

Corpsmember Steve Bernal has been working in the garden since we broke ground in 2011.  He helped terrace the hillside, build the garden beds and install the irrigation system.  He has taken advantage of every opportunity that is offered, completing the Master Gardener workshops and participating in nutritional cooking classes.  He helps coordinate Sunday Market Day – even bringing his mother (pictured below) – and works on the crew that is building Little Green Fingers children’s gardens throughout Los Angeles County (see the video link below).  Steve has decided to become a chef and in addition to working for the LA Corps, he has two other jobs (one in a restaurant in Santa Monica) while also attending LA Trade Technical College’s culinary program.

Thank you for making these opportunities possible for Steve and all the deserving corpsmembers at our East LA Center!

If you would like to make another contribution to the East LA Learning Garden, please consider donating on Wedndesday, October 23rd - Global Giving's Bonus Day!  Donations will be match 30% (until funds run out) and a $1,000 award will be given to the project that has the most contributions on that day.  We would be very grateful if you could share this Bonus Day information with your social networks.

We welcome you to visit the East LA Learning Garden!  Please contact me at vgoto@lacorps.org or come by on Market Day, which takes place on Sundays from 9am to 1pm.  Don’t forget to bring your basket or reusable bag to take home some veggies!

Thank you again for all your support! 

Steve and his mom at Market Day with a neighbor
Steve and his mom at Market Day with a neighbor
Steve seems hesitant about the kale but liked it!
Steve seems hesitant about the kale but liked it!
Steve
Steve's crew completes gardening training
Sunday Market banner in Spanish
Sunday Market banner in Spanish
Sunday Market banner translation in English
Sunday Market banner translation in English

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Jul 16, 2013

East LA Learning Garden Competing in Photo Contest

Our entry in the Green category
Our entry in the Green category

We are so excited that our photo from the Grand Opening of the East LA Learning Garden was selected as one of the 75 finalists to compete for $1,000 in the GlobalGiving photo contest!

The voting started yesterday and runs through July 31st.  The winner will receive $1,000 for their project and the runners up will be featured for one day on GlobalGiving's homepage!

As our wonderful supporter, we hope that you will vote for our photo by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/13nZCJF.  You will have to confirm your vote through an email that will be sent to you (to ensure there is no robo-voting!)

We are currently 32 out of 75 - not bad when competing against cute puppies!  Please consider sharing our post with your social media network by clicking on our Facebook link included below.

On behalf of all of our corpsmembers, students and staff, thanks so much for your continued enthusiasm for our East LA Learning Garden!

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LA Conservation Corps

Los Angeles, CA, United States
http://www.lacorps.org

Project Leader

Tiffany Leung

Los Angeles, CA United States

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Map of Build a Community Garden and Urban Farm in East LA