On Saturday, October 29th, residents got their hands dirty at the grand opening of the first community garden in Florence-Firestone. The event included lots of messy pumpkin carving for the kids and a huge pot luck.
Over 75 families will have the opportunity to adopt a plot and begin growing fruits and vegetables. This effort is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, who facilitated the garden development, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps members who built the garden, the Second District which provided funding for construction of the garden and the Florence-Firestone residents who will become our gardeners and assist with operations of the garden.
This effort is part of a campaign sponsored by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to located gardens in every unincorporated area of the Second District.
Community gardens provide important health benefits and create a great location for exercise. Gardening has been proven to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Gardeners are even known to eat more vegetables and save money by producing their own food supply. In addition, gardens create social networks and community identity.