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Sustainable Community Urban Farms Initiative

Sustainable Community Urban Farms Initiative

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE) program at Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA, L.A. Urban Farms, Union Rescue Mission, Union Church L.A.

We seek to establish a solar-powered water conservation and urban vertical community farm pilot project and job training program at Union Church in downtown Little Tokyo. In partnership with LA Urban Farms, we will install 20 vertical garden tower planters at Union Church. We will also train job-ready, former Skidrow residents of Union Rescue Missions’ Job Development Program and Little Tokyo residents in the maintenance of the tower gardens and in growing profitable herbs and vegetables.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • Union Church L.A. in Little Tokyo, 2 blocks from Skidrow; Central LA, LA County

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
  • Percent of imported water
  • Obesity rates
  • Rates of homelessness

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

We will evaluate the success of our program based on how many urban farmers we graduate from our 6-week course and how many students are able to secure jobs after they graduate.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach