Welcome to Skid Row Gardening!

Gardening, Civil Rights, and Community Organizing

Skid Row is a fifty square-block area nestled on the eastern flank of downtown Los Angeles, and is home to over 11,000 homeless and extremely low-income people. The population includes single individuals and families with children, chronically homeless people, people with a mental illness and/or a substance abuse problem, veterans, people with other disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Recently, Skid Row has come under increasing attack by politicians, city planners, and criminal justice officials who refuse to acknowledge Skid Row as a “real” community. Much of this has to do with a recent wave of redevelopment and gentrification that makes Skid Row’s land highly valued. This has led to widespread violations of community residents’ civil and human rights on a massive scale. The Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN) is an outspoken opponent of these city efforts (for more detailed information on LACAN campaigns, visit www.cangress.org). Like many of the prominent civil rights organizations coming before them, LACAN sees civil rights as inseparable from food justice and equality.

In the summer of 2010 LACAN launched its own community garden located on a rooftop on Main Street. Stay tuned to this blog and watch the garden grow. We aim for democratic control where residents can work together to produce the healthy food that this neighborhood deserves.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Seedlings Are A Hit At Artwalk!

Last Thursday, the garden team decided to introduce our garden to even more of the downtown community. Every first Thursday of the month is Artwalk in downtown LA, bringing thousands of people into the neighborhood.

We set up a table and sold vegetable seedlings for 2 dollars a piece. We had pumpkins, squash, watermelon, and sunflowers. And, at the end of the night, we made $81 hat we can invest back into the garden. Much thanks to Anne Hars, Debbie, and the rest of the crew that came out and shared the garden with our neighbors. More to come!

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