Urban Farming: Creating a Food Forest in a Food Desert.

by on March 30, 2012


Within Los Angeles,  food deserts are suprisingly prevalent in our urban communities. A food desert is an area where fresh, healthy and affordable food is difficult to obtain. In these urban communities, it is almost impossible for low-income residents to afford food grown in their vicinity.

Within the 200-mile radius of Los Angeles,  there is a remarkable abundance of good, healthy, fresh food due to the perfect growing conditions. California leads the country in agricultural exports, particularly fruits, vegetables and nuts.  Unfortunately, all of this abundance is unavailable and unaffordable for many of our urban communities. This is another reason why we at UrbanFig encourage everyone to grow their own food. Instead of accepting the reality of a food desert, create a food forest.

The California Endowment  is  reinforcing this idea with Teaching Gardens, an educational system designed to show people how to grow their own food throughout the state. It was first established in South Los Angeles.  These unique outdoor classrooms teach students to thrive in their urban surroundings by nurturing plants from seed to harvest, and they learn how to make healthy choices for themselves.

A quintessential urban farmer,  Ron Finely is determined to take matters into his own hands.  He’s making change with some seeds and some soil. He’s growing an edible urban garden in south LA with the intention of creating a food forest, in an area many consider a “food desert.”  Watch the short inspirational clip below, produced by The California Endowment.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, check out the Good Food LA Festival.  This exciting event is dedicated to strengthen and support our local food system. Don’t miss the gardening classes, cooking competitions and demonstrations and great entertainment! It’s this weekend, March 30, 2012.

Everyone deserves to eat fresh, organic food. Spread the word and start your own garden today!  Tell your neighbors, tell your friends! Your garden can make a difference.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Lahiff March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Wow! What an informative article, well said!


Carol March 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Thanks Chris. Glad you enjoyed the article. Growing our own food does create change. As Ron says, “I love to live on the edge. I plant mint where you’re not supposed to.” Being subversive by gardening. Gotta love that.


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