The Garden

A couple days ago I posted about the Japanese’s plan to start introducing underemployed workers to farming, and thought it would be really great if the U.S. had a plan like that. Well that led to a friend telling me about an upcoming documentary called The Garden. The film centers around a community garden that was started after the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. It was 14 acres of farmland on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles maintained by the South Central Farmers. It also happens to be the largest urban garden in America.

But one day, the South Central Farmers got a notice saying that the land was sold, and that the farm was going to be bulldozed. The movie explores what’s currently happening with the property and why the deal was never made public, that some shady dealings have definitely happened.

This totally infuriates me, especially because these people have worked so hard on this farm. This is also why people don’t tend to trust elected officials, because they’re willing to sell that trust for a high price. If you’re interested in seeing the movie, here’s a listing of the places it’s screening.


May 4, 2009