Whether you are a community resident, a garden lover, food enthusiast or healthy food activist, all are welcome to help inaugurate the brand new West Athens Community Garden this Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
The community garden, once a vacant lot and eyesore in the neighborhood, features 30 raised garden beds, fruit trees, a play structure for children, a walking path along the entire perimeter, and a rainwater cistern specifically targeting children under the age of 5. The garden event, hosted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas,also was made possible through a children’s collaborative program called Little Green Fingers, which is funded by First 5 LA, a non-profit education organization.
The garden, spearheaded by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, is one of eight community gardens built to help address the obesity epidemic in Los Angeles County. Not only will children and their families enjoy planting new crops and learning about food cycles, but they also will have ongoing classes led by a master gardener and enjoy free cooking and nutrition lessons. The community garden will also serve as a model of sustainability with the installation of a 200 square foot rainwater cistern which can capture up to 1700 gallons of water annually–enough to provide water for most of the fruit trees that have been planted in the garden.