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Why Is Los Angeles So Hard on Urban Farmers?

1877. A view of a more pastoral LA from what it now East LA looking W/SW towards the Pacific Ocean. See the Not a Cornfield site here.

Los Angeles still has a long way to go to reach the 69,000 acres of crops necessary to turn into a self-sustained urban farming mecca.

By Willy Blackmore
June 12, 2012


The city of Los Angeles is an ideal place to stage an urban farming revolution—if the government chooses to dig in. L.A. is temperate year-round. It’s got lawns for miles. If the city devoted 9 percent of its urban land to crops—we’re capable of growing everything from beans to lettuce to melons to squash here—its residents could essentially survive on our own produce. In 2010, only 6,000 acres of land in L.A. county were devoted to growing food, with less than 100 of those farmed organically. Nursery products like ornamental trees and ground cover plants currently account for more than half of the county’s agriculture. In one assessment of 50 large U.S. cities’ support of local food, L.A. ranked 43rd.

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WWOOFing on urban farms in Cleveland

Photo of Central Roots Farm, Cleveland.

10 urban farms offer volunteer experience

By Colby Sattler
May 2, 2012


This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of nationally recognized urban farms—in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, rated #2 in the nation for local food!! Neighborhood Progress, Inc., through their ReImagining Cleveland initiative, is partnering with multiple urban farms and The Cleveland Hostel to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. This volunteer adventure offers you the ability to gain experience on up to ten different farms located throughout the city ranging from industrial to residential neighborhoods. Each farm is unique and you will be exposed to growing a wide array of crops, performing multiple tasks related to urban agriculture, and get to interact with the leaders of the urban farming movement.

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