Now that 2013 has drawn to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year.
In 2013, Farmscape helped create 74 new gardens and welcomed 49 new members to our weekly farming program. Among those 74 new gardens was this beautiful hillside project in Palos Verdes:
We continued to work with the Jonathan Club, expanding their downtown LA rooftop project, and adding quite a bit of growing space:
Last month, Farmscape helped Los Feliz resident Abbie Zands create a raised bed vegetable garden in his parkway. We planted a selection of crops with an eye toward keeping the garden tidy – mostly herbs, peppers, and eggplants. In the following weeks, Abbie tended the plot with his wife and two daughters and it became a gathering point for neighborhood residents walking their dogs or returning from the grocery store. The produce was divvied up between Abbie’s family and neighbors, with neighbors sending along photos and recipes showing how they used the produce to be posted on a newly launched Parkway to Table blog.
At Farmscape, we are big fans of NPR’s new food blog The Salt and the quality reporting it has produced over the past few months. Yesterday, Dan Charles reports on the troubling environmental impact of food safety efforts in Northern California.
On Tuesday, NPR’s All Things Considered aired a story by Dan Charles on community gardens. Most people, including myself, have strongly positive associations with community gardens and Charles’s take on them was surprisingly downbeat.
In particular, he focused on the decision that community gardens make between communally managing plots or allocating plots to individuals for their personal use. In indicting the communal management model, a George Mason professor cited the failure of a similar model to produce banner yields for the Soviet Union, while a veteran community gardener cited personal experience: “Our experience is, it’s an unequal participation, and an unequal sharing.”
The Oscars are coming up fast, which means a second chance to see quality films that I missed the first time around.