Farm LA was founded in 2014 by Jason Wood and Emily Gleicher,
a local couple with a passion for gardening, sustainable living and… Lima Beans.
They are certified (UC) Victory Gardeners who aim to make an impact on
the underutilized land in Los Angeles by converting them into
spaces that give back to those in need, while making the city greener,
building community and growing food for our future. At the end of 2023 Farm LA
is shifting focus to uniting Angelenos in their pursuit of victory gardening
and growing food for those in need via our LA Victory Garden bulletin board.
the L.A. Victory Garden Project
What is a victory garden? Historically, a Victory Garden was a wartime vegetable garden developed to increase food production—especially by home gardeners. Farm LA’s take is simply a space to supplement your and your neighbors’ groceries and boost morale and build community. We’ve been doing this since 2014, on sidewalks or a vacant piece of land. Now it’s time to rally the community we’ve so lovingly built to help activate Angelenos all over LA in growing food for themselves and their neighbors.
Please know that we take gardening and privacy very seriously. We will not share anything here except your first name and ZIP code. After registering, fellow gardeners can contact you by clicking on the message icon, but they won’t see your email address unless you reply to their message. We’re encouraging you all to do your own vetting, share your social media/linkedin profiles, and pictures of the space you have in mind, and schedule a zoom first so you can get to know one another and discuss how you won’t be using pesticides, your individual skillsets and capabilities before meeting up.
Help start a Victory Garden… do you need a hand or land?
We’re all here to grow and share food while making LA a greener place. Below is a bulletin board of LA gardening enthusiasts so far.
• Start by filling out the form above with the necessary information and then click to read the fine print.
• If you’d like to contact an interested participant you can click the message icons next to each name to start a conversation.
• If you need help getting started gardening, soil testing or looking into pieces of land? Check out our Resources page for a list of links we’ve bookmarked over the years.
- Jenna 90048 (novice)
- Smadar 91343 (She/Her, versed)
- Taylor 91401 (He/Him, novice)
- Chantel 90277 (She/her, versed)
- Victoria 90041 (She/her, versed)
- Andi 90039 (they/them, novice)
- Victoria 90041 (She/her, versed)
- AJ 90401 (They-them, versed)
- Flora 90240 (She/Her, novice)
- Emily 90814 (She/her, versed)
- Dominique 90038 (She/her, novice)
- Jenna 91367 (novice)
- Bronwyn 37206 (novice)
- Elizabeth 90022 ()
- Siri 91402 (she/her, versed)
- C. 90026 (versed)
- Barbara 90027 (She/her, novice)
- Madeleine 90026 (She/her, novice)
- Simea 91001 (versed)
- Susan 90027 (She/her, versed)
- Leo 90025 (they/he, versed)
- Katie 90027 (She/Her, novice)
- Gur 90290 (novice)
- Nicole 90029 (She/they, novice)
- Helga 90042 (She/Her, backyard)
- NICOLLE 91306 (HER/SHE, raised)
- Benny 90064 (he/him/his, raised)
After years of curbside mini-farms, we were asked if we wanted
to grow food on a vacant piece land in Elysian Valley,
Los Angeles owned by 75 year LA native Robert Berg and his
wife Janet Workman. Here with our volunteers we grew lima beans
that we package into donation kits. These included 1 cup of dried lima beans
(they triple in size to 3 cups once soaked overnight) with a cookbooklet in
English and Spanish on how to cook and grow them! We donated these
kits along with sweet potatoes and assorted squash to Angelenos in need
via these groups: our local Elysian Valley Senior Citizens Club,
Los Angeles Community Action Network, Seeds of Hope via
Food Forward, LARCEE.org, NELA Mercadito as well as our local
fruit shares! *We donated over 950 kits since being at Berg’s Farm!!!
We started Farm LA creating public mini-farms on sidewalks
around Los Angeles, particularly in neighborhoods that are considered
food deserts (meaning they don’t have a walkable affordable organic
market nearby). We have implemented over 10 mini-farms in LA city
and now focus on a digital connecting tool, if you have any questions about
starting your own sidewalk mini-farm please email us.
If you’re ready to dig in, register on our Victory Garden page!
Farmers markets & health fairs
There is no better way to meet the community interested in their
health than at markets and health fairs. We’ve tabled numerous ones around
LA to share our lima bean growing tips & recipes, while promoting
healthy eating and drought-tolerant agriculture.
Pre-pandemic we worked with schools in NELA to help them
maintain their school gardens and hosted growing food 101 classes.
Learning these basics in food growing needs to be taught more
at an early age.
FOOD POLICY SUPPORT
We’ve collaborated with LA Food Policy Council and other urban farmers in an
Urban Agriculture Working Group. This group focuses on the policy of Urban
Ag in LA. We’ve helped to popularize a new Incentive Zone Act,
which encourages Angelenos to convert their parcels into urban gardens
& farms in exchange for reduced property taxes, which was intended to
create a domino effect for folks growing food on their vacant lots.
To see more about what we’re up to-
please visit our social media pages.
Your support helps Farm LA maintain our
evolving digital connecting tool for Angelenos
wanting to do what we started in 2014.
Our farm space in Elysian Valley is currently closed after almost 5 years.
Farm LA is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.
All donations are tax deductible.
Please note our Tax ID# for your records,
donation letter provided upon request:
Tax ID: 47-3050128
To give by mail, please make your check payable/send to:
2634 Rich Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Farm LA Pins
Farm LA Kids T-shirts
Farm LA CANVAS tote bags
Join OUR DONORS and help US to:
PROVIDE food access to low-income families
and Provide VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO PROACTIVE ANGELENOS
December 2014 – October 2023
The Madeksho Law Firm *Major Contributor*
Victoria Gleicher *Major Contributor*
Golden Road Brewing *Major Contributor*
Bob Berg & Janet Workman *Major Contributors* x 3
Reformation *Major Contributor*
LA2050 Listens/Riverwild *Major Contributor*
The Left Bank *Major Contributor*
Scholar *Major Contributor*
The Awesome Foundation *Major Contributor*
Whole Foods Market (Glendale, CA) *Major Contributor*
Rugged & Dapper *Major Contributor*
Sharre Jacoby *Major Contributor*
Tyler Hakes and Optimist *Major Contributor*
Bridgette Spalding *Major Contributor*
Weingarten Family Fund/Whittier Trust Co *Major Contributor*
Joe Agency *Major Contributor*
Olga & Fred Hauptmann *Major Contributor*
Whole Cities Foundation *Major Contributor*
The Bend: Community Benefits Fund *Major Contributor*
Splits 59 *Notable Contributor*
Christoph Bull *Notable Contributor*
Prateek Agarwal *Notable Contributor*
Camp Helping Hands *Notable Contributor*
Rancho Meladuco Date Farm *Notable Contributor*
Janine & Ryan Labaqui
Whole Foods Fairfax
Marvin & Reva Mallon
Christine, William & Moses Mills
Sprouts Farmers Market
The Murphy Family
Martha & Wesley Scott
Irene E. Manning
The Lambo Family
David & Veronica De La Torre
Paypal Giving Fund
Universal Studios via Susan Huckle
Mike Baldi via Shirley Gonzales
Natalie Groce & Robert Jackman via Ghost & Stars
The Lucky Pig Vintage Shop
The Cash Family
Natalie Groce & Robert Jackman
Julia DeSantis via the DeSantis Charitable Gift Fund
Public Market Goods
Graze Los Angeles
Elaine Rene-Weissman with: LA River Public Art Project
Amazon Smile (RIP)
October 2023 update:
We’re currently focusing on our digital connection tool
since our lease at the farm is up.
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