live / 2016

Planting Gardens of Urban Delight!

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by The Edible Apartment

We convert apartment building lawns into community-style organic urban farms; building community, a sustainable food source and beautifying the neighborhood one project at a time!


Please describe your project proposal.

We propose to use the $100,000 LA2050 grant funding to DIRECTLY build 30 new Edible Apartments across Los Angeles. These community hubs also provide learning opportunities through classes, workshops and group dinners and β€˜TEA’ parties. We serve to inspire, educate and beautify existing properties so residents can thrive.

Which of the live metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Access to healthy food
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Obesity
  • Resilient communities
  • Tree canopy cover
  • Mental illness

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

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to live?

The Edible Apartment is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We re-purpose underutilized land in urban areas - particularly on apartment building sites - to create a food source, educate and inspire people to take charge of their well-being and community. As part of our community outreach, we offer regular gardening and wellness-related classes, farm-to-table functions, TEA Parties and garden work days. Our mission also includes using our resources for rehabilitation. That includes partnering with prisons, addiction recovery facilities and Veterans to share the healing benefits of gardening, cooking and community. We will make LA the best place to LIVE by connecting people, beautifying our great city and helping it to feel more like a community of connected, like-minded people supporting each other.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Our project has already proven extremely successful, as we have seen through community feedback, landlord feedback, neighborhood feedback and measurable surplus in access to food and community without an increase in water usage.

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

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support