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South Central Farms
South Central Farms

For over a decade, a group of mostly immigrant families has been tilling a colorful patchwork of thriving farms in one of the most industrialized landscape of Los Angeles. Out of concrete and asphalt, a community of urban farmers have cultivated a whole variety of fruiting trees, cash crops and vegetables. Growing in the shadow of power lines and skyscrapers are avocado, guavas, bananas and peach trees, as are sugarcane, corn, cactus, lettuce, winter squash, broccoli and lettuce. The list surely contains a lot more, but all are harvested not just for food but also for medicine and to supplement low incomes by selling them.

But all of that — perhaps the largest urban community garden in the US — may be uprooted, paved over and replaced by a supersize warehouse not unlike what is already littering the place.

South Central Farms

South Central Farmers

South Central Farms: The Documentary

  • Anonymous
  • June 14, 2006 at 9:07:00 AM CDT
  • I think the garden is beautiful. However, if the land doesn't belong to you, you should be grateful that you got the use of it for as long as you have, illegally. The owner obviously has a giving spirit. However, now they want to do something with THEIR land, which they OWN and purchased FAIR AND SQUARE WITH HARD EARNED money. I think you should thank them for the use you've had of it, which they've graciously allowed all these years...and move on and shut up. It's not yours, it's theirs and they should be able to do with it what they please. They are nicer people than I, because if you'd come to TEXAS and tried to do that on MY land I purchased with MY HARD EARNED, LEGAL CASH, I'd have prevented it with my legal right to protect my land via guns and law. But, hey, that's just ME.

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