Here’s a huge high five to the crew of young people who joined RootDown LA this summer as we continued to refine our horticultural and entrepreneurial training program. Over an eight week period, these folks learned the skills it takes to install a market garden and return the garden bounty to our neighbors.
Our own Ali Bhai reports:
The students canvassed the neighborhood (door-to-door produce deliveries, putting up posters on Central Ave.), prepped produce bags, harvested, cooked, ate and bonded on the last day. It was great. We even attracted some eager youngsters from the neighborhood who were self-motivated to take our produce bags to the homes on 40th place and tell the residents to support RootDown. We made $26.50 in donations – not bad for Serrano peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, and a couple melons!
We look forward to more produce “sales” where we produce locally grown crops and ask our neighbors to donate what they can to RootDown in exchange for some of the most flavorful, nutrient rich produce around!