Remember the SouthCentral Farm? It’s been six months since the farmers were evicted, and yesterday, the L.A. times had a follow-up story. “Tilling, We Meet Again” (because nothing draws ’em in like WWI-era references) describes how some of the evicted farmers are now growing food for their families on new plots under power line right of ways. This makes me happy, because I really believe in urban farming. Farms like the South Central farm, and these new ones on public land, as well as the community gardens around Los Angeles, are such environmentally, nutritionally and socially positive options that I’m heartened just hearing that the city is helping where it can.
The farmers have a rebuttal on their site, saying that the new farm doesn’t meet the needs of the 9th. I think, at least it’s something. What’s your take on this though? Do you think Los Angeles could be doing more to support community farming, and this is only a token gesture? Or do you think this is a really positive move by the LADWP and the city?