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A Community Garden Is Sprouting Up In The Middle Of Downtown Los Angeles

labVolunteers building planters for the Spring Street Community Garden (via Facebook).

“These are low investments with a really high return for the community.”

By Danny Jensen
Laist
Mar 21, 2016

Excerpt:

What was once just an unused, weed-covered stretch of dirt next to a parking garage on Spring St. between 2nd and 3rd streets, will become the Spring Street Community Garden next month, according to Downtown News. Volunteers from the neighborhood have been working for months to clear the 2,700-square-foot lot, and are about halfway through building 40 three-by-four and six-by-two feet raised planters that will then be filled with nutrient-rich soil (as not surprisingly, the dirt in the urban lot did not test well for growing veggies).

Downtown residents have until Sunday, March 27 to apply for a garden plot and members will be chosen by lottery.

The idea for the community garden began when downtown resident Marty Berg, who lives in the Higgins Building adjacent to the lot, wondered if the vacant plot could be put to good use. Berg met with other residents and reached out to the community to develop support and plans for the plot, eventually setting it up as a non-profit with a five-person board.

Read the complete article here.