Overview of Food System Issues

Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture comes in many forms: urban farms (commercial ventures that sell food), community gardens (which enable people to grow food for their own consumption), backyard gardens (which can be used for either purpose), and public property-based gardens (such as school gardens). These small-scale agricultural enterprises help foster the development of a sustainable, local, food-growing system in Los Angeles, plus a host of additional benefits. As the former mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, once stated, “Urban agriculture is about far more than growing vegetables on an empty lot. It’s about revitalizing and transforming unused public spaces, connecting city residents with their neighborhoods in a new way and promoting healthier eating and living for everyone.” A groundswell of grassroots initiatives toward growing food in the Los Angeles region have revealed a need for new programs and comprehensive policy reforms that will make it easier for the population to engage in urban agriculture. The organizations listed below work towards this goal by facilitating collaboration, research and policy changes to legalize and structurally support urban agriculture, through financing, zoning and community engagement.
American Community Gardening Association
http://www.communitygarden.org/
Antioch University
http://www.antiochla.edu/
City of LA- Department of Water and Power (DWP)
City of Los Angeles- Department of City Planning
http://cityplanning.lacity.org/
City of Los Angeles- Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
http://done.lacity.org/dnn/
Community Services Unlimited, Inc. (CSU)
http://www.csuinc.org/
Cultivating Sustainable Communities (Garden Swap)
gardenswap.org
Earth Flow Design Works
www.earthflow.com
Earthworks Farm
Farmworks LA
Garden School Foundation
hgardenschoolfoundation.org
American Community Gardening Association
http://www.communitygarden.org/
GDML
L.A. Green Grounds
http://lagreengrounds.org/
LA Community Garden Council
http://lagardencouncil.org/
LA Conservation Corps
http://www.lacorps.org/
LA County Department of Regional Planning
http://planning.co.la.ca.us/
LA River Revitalization Corporation
http://thelariver.com/revitalization/
LAUSD Joint Use and Innovation Program
http://mo.laschools.org/fis/planning/
LAUSD School Gardens
Los Angeles County Arboretum
http://www.arboretum.org/
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT)
http://www.lanlt.org/
Metabolic Studio
metabolicstudio.org
Mia Lehrer Associates
http://mlagreen.com/
Milagro Allegro
http://hpgarden.org/
Network for a Healthy California- LAUSD
http://www.healthylausd.net//
Osborn Architects
http://www.osborn320.com/
Pedal Patch Community
www.pedalpatchcommunity.org
Proyecto Jardin
laeastside.com/
Salvation Army- Bell Shelter
grow-good.org/?page_id=50
Silver Lake Farms
www.silverlakefarms.com
Social Justice Learning Institute
http://www.sjli-cp.org/
South Central Farmers
www.southcentralfarmers.com
South East Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)
http://www.seaca-la.org/
The Growing Experience- Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
www3.lacdc.org
The Huntington Library and Gardens
huntington.org
Timbuktu Resource
timbukturesourcecenter.org
UC Cooperative Extension- LA County
celosangeles.ucdavis.edu
Ujima Farming Group
http://ujimafarminggroup.org/
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
departments.oxy.edu/uepi/
Urban Farming Advocates (UFA)
urbanfarmingadvocates.org
Urban Green LA
www.urbangreenla.com
American Community Gardening Association
www.communitygarden.org
Urban Homestead- Path to Freedom
http://urbanhomestead.org/
Urban Semillas
www.urbansemillas.com
Venice Learning Garden
http://www.thelearninggarden.org/
Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA)
http://www.velaela.org/
Whittier College
http://www.whittier.edu/
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Services (W.O.R.K.S.)
http://www.worksusa.org/
Woodbury University
www.woodbury.edu
Woolly School Garden Program
www.woollyschoolgarden.org