Greetings to our East LA Garden Supporters! Despite the sweltering heat that the Los Angeles area has been experiencing this month, our corpsmembers and staff are working hard to meet a fall planting timeline and ribbon-cutting event by the end of the year.
The irrigation system has been installed and all the garden beds have been completed. Our corpsmembers put their construction skills into practice building longer garden beds than they have previously created at other school and community gardens. They carefully leveled them before filling them with 65 cubic yards of potting soil, generously donated by Kellogg Garden Products. Additionally, a Garden Training Program launched last week with Master Gardener, Florence Nishida. Corpsmembers will receive 64 hours of intensive training including everything from composting, pruning and water-wise planting to sun exposure, seasonal planting and beneficial insects. The corpsmembers will be able to put their new knowledge to work as they grow and harvest their crops.
Due to the excessive heat, the Volunteer Day with Federal Express was postponed until October, when the ranch-style fence and wooden deck will be constructed. This will be a busy month at the East LA Garden, as the first crop is slated to be planted beginning on October 1st. In the meantime, the fruit tree orchard - including plum, peach, apricot and Fuji apple trees - was planted in June and the trees have begun to take root with our corpsmembers providing maintenance services. An experimental pumpkin “patch” was also created adjacent to the orchard to test if the vines would thrive in an unused space next to the staircase (they are doing fine so far!)
As promised in our last update, we have posted a short video update on our homepage and have also included the link here. We are still working out our production and editing capabilities, but we hope you enjoy seeing some of our hard-working crew “in action.” Look for more footage of our planting day and service project with FedEx in the next update!
Thank you again for your support of the East LA Garden and Urban Farm!
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