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L.A. nonprofit promotes “food justice” via urban agriculture

The Erika J. Glazer Community Garden is one of many parks and gardens the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust has created from underused parcels. (Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust photo)

Where others see abandoned city lots, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust envisions bountiful gardens and bustling recreation areas. Trish Popovitch writes for Seedstock, a consulting service, that the Trust specializes in transforming derelict or underutilized parcels in poor neighborhoods into community space.

Founded in 2002, the Trust has spearheaded more than a dozen inner-city initiatives, including gardens, playgrounds and a skate park. The Trust also maintains a “data bank” about city lots and has identified 400 that are candidates for future development.

While L. A.’s more affluent neighborhoods have ample access to parks and supermarkets, poor areas often lack these amenities. Mark Glassock, the Trust’s director of special projects, tells Seedstock that inner-city green space and “food justice” help address such inequities. The gardens provide low-income minority residents in “food deserts” with easy access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Seedstock partners with cities, government agencies and the private sector to promote local food production. 


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