Consider this. In the first half of the 20th century, Los Angeles County was the largest, highest producing agricultural county in the United States—more bountiful than any county in Iowa or Nebraska. Obviously, things have changed in the last 60 years, and these days the city is better known for concrete than dirt, but L.A.’s agricultural roots haven’t entirely dried up. Individuals and communities across the sprawling metropolis are planting seeds that not only grow food, but regenerate the soil, clean the air, beautify neighborhoods, and inspire the city’s youth.Before we introduce you to some of the remarkable individuals bringing agriculture back to the City of Angels, here are a few facts to fertilize your mind.
- LOS ANGELES HAS A 365 DAY GROWING SEASON AND AN AVERAGE OF 284 DAYS OF SUNSHINE PER YEAR
- THERE ARE 1,261 URBAN AGRICULTURE SITES IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY
- 761 SCHOOL GARDENS
- 118 COMMUNITY GARDENS
- 171 FARMS
- 211 NURSERIES
- SOME COMMUNITY GARDENS HAVE AS MANY AS 88 PEOPLE ON THE WAITING LIST, BUT 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE IN L.A. COUNTY ARE STILL FOOD INSECURE.
- THE CITY PLANS TO INCREASE URBAN AGRICULTURE SITES IN LOS ANGELES BY 25% BY 2025 AND 50% BY 2035.