The last couple of months have been busy at the LA Conservation Corps’ East LA Center. Crews of young people have completed all the preparation work to enhance the soil in the garden to maximize our harvest once the planting begins. This work included tilling the entire site, excavating the upper and lower plots, and spreading mulch and compost to enrich the soil’s nutrients.
Additionally, our corpsmembers laid jute (a material made of coarse biodegradable vegetable fibers that prevents erosion while allowing plants to get established) across the hillside, formerly home to weeds and tree stumps. Vines, such as watermelons and pumpkins, will be planted in this area to utilize as much growing space as possible! Crews also excavated the garden’s entry way and internal road and built a new set of stairs out of recycled and newly-laid concrete, accessible from Mott Street. This will allow another point of entrance for garden visitors that avoids vehicle traffic.
An exciting development that will occur this summer is a Volunteer Day with 50 employees from Federal Express! Our friends from FedEx will provide funding and muscle-power to build a wooden deck, adjacent to the existing gazebo that will provide an outdoor classroom for students and workshop space for community events. We have worked with FedEx volunteers at other project sites and we know that they always bring their A-game: skills, enthusiasm and plain hard work! We can’t wait to get started!
Thanks to your support, we have now laid a solid foundation for the East LA Community Garden and Urban Farm! Our corpsmembers are not only learning valuable construction skills, but putting them into action to create green space in their own community. Thank you again for your donation to our garden!
Coming soon: a video update from our corpsmembers!
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