Since the Grand Opening of the East LA Learning Garden in February, we have harvested nearly 1,500 pounds of radishes, Swiss chard, lettuce, beets and spinach! The produce has been distributed to charitable organizations serving the homeless, including the Downtown Women's Center and the West Side Food Bank. We have also made fresh produce available to local residents, our corpsmembers, and to Community Services Unlimited for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
The Garden recently obtained its Growers Certification from the County of Los Angeles Agriculture Commission on Weights and Measures, an annual certification program that allows us to sell low-cost produce from a Farm Stand on site that will help fund operational expenses (i.e. water) and provide locally grown, fresh produce for the community.
Thanks to a generous grant from The Boeing Company, we were also able to install a rainwater capture system that could potentially harvest over 3,000 gallons of rainwater per year and reduce potable water usage and expense. Corpsmembers received classroom and on-the-job training under the guidance of program partners Terrasophia and the American Rainwater Catchment System Association to complete the project.
For anyone interested in getting their hands dirty, we have volunteer harvesting days on Mondays and will host some planting work days during the weekends this summer. For more information about volunteering, please contact Teague Weybright at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next crop is tomatoes...we hope you will come and visit the East LA Learning Garden soon. Thank you for your continuing support!
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