West Athens Garden will provide the surrounding communities with better choices in food and provide better access for local families.
West Athens Garden to provide food-growing beds for children and their families
On Wednesday, May 15, 25 kindergarten students from Woodcrest Elementary School along with John Wagner, First 5 LA Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Saito, Executive Director, LA Conservation Corps, Actor Esai Morales and his 2 ½ year old daughter, Apple Brains (Children’s Band Performing fruit/vegetable themed music) and 50 Community and Corporate Volunteers took part in a Tree Planting Dedication Ceremony & Volunteer Workday for the West Athens Gardens on Normandie Ave.
This garden is one of eight that will be created over the next two years and will function as a way to increase healthy food alternatives for the surrounding communities. The gardens will benefit struggling and needy families with viable food and produce.
“This is an incredible collaboration of a lot of folks,” said Bruce Saito, Executive Director, LA Conservation Corps. “It’s more than just a village, it’s like an entire nation of great partners.”
The West Athens Garden is located at 10500 S. Normandie Avenue (at 105th St), in Los Angeles, CA
About Little Green Fingers:
First 5 LA awarded a five-year grant to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to help address the obesity epidemic in Los Angeles by creating a children’s garden collaborative for young children and their families called “Little Green Fingers.” The initiative will construct eight community gardens in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles County over the next two years. The gardens will provide a minimum of
6,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year and will feature on site amenities and programs targeting families with children ages 0-5. The Little Green Fingers team of experts includes: First 5 LA -
providing funding for planning and implementation; Los Angeles Conservation Corps – program oversight and garden construction; Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust – land acquisition, community organizing and leadership development; Nicole Gatto – epidemiologist and health science researcher at Loma Linda School of Public Health overseeing project evaluation; GDML: Glen Dake and Miguel Luna – landscape architecture and community organizing; UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program – gardening and nutrition education; and The Better World Group – strategic outreach and communications.
About the LA Conservation Corps:
The Los Angeles Conservation Corps is a 501(c)3 private non-profit organization founded in 1986 by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Ambassador Mickey Kantor. Its primary mission is to provide underprivileged young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community. The LA Corps is a national leader in workforce development and alternative education for inner- city youth and is currently the largest urban conservation corps in the nation with a full-time staff of over 150 employees serving 16,000 young people each year. For more information, please visit www.lacorps.org.