Help Save The LAnd with Farm LA

submission by Farm_LA
Help Save The LAnd with Farm LA

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Farm LA

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Farm LA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing unbuildable land in Los Angeles for solar and agricultural drought-tolerant farming.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We want to use this grant money to create a model farm that showcases a sustainable way to grow organic food. In the process we will educate and encourage the community to get involved and learn about a more health-conscious way of life.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Particularly focused in areas with unbuildable land.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):


Beautify derelict land in Los Angeles

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


Farm LA envisions a healthier, more self-sufficient Los Angeles by utilizing our vacant spaces for growing organic produce. We have an over abundance of deserted land in Los Angeles and an under abundance of affordable organic produce. Using the tools we have for harnessing the sun’s energy, being water-wise while growing drought-tolerant organic fruits and vegetables - We know the problems and we have the solutions.

Imagine walking out of your house or apartment and seeing flourishing vegetables and herbs instead of neglected pieces of land. Imagine walking with your family within a ten-block radius and gathering organic produce for dinner knowing that they’ve witnessed the growth of those vegetables first-hand. This is our vision.

Not only will we provide organic food for those in need and beautify the city, we will also teach our communities how to farm healthy food. We believe there is a lack of appreciation for where your food comes from and being an active part of that process will help one to make informed decisions about their diet. Farm LA presents at Childhood Obesity Awareness events and neighborhood council health fairs sharing interesting nutritional facts, delicious recipes and the tools to grow their own healthy food. We work with the UC Master Gardeners who have to satisfy a certain amount of volunteer hours every year and ask them educate our neighbors and volunteers. We also educate by connecting with schools who require their students volunteer a certain number of hours and have them join our volunteer days. By encouraging our Farm LA mentality at a younger age, we can expect that health-conscious way of thinking to grow and propagate, making LA the healthiest place to live.

In our current drought predicament we are practicing water consciousness in everything we do. Farm LA wants to spearhead solar-powered atmospheric water generation to irrigate its drought-tolerant farms. This is not inexpensive, but due to the sustainability of it versus time and costs for water hook-up hurdles it is the most viable self-sustaining method, rendering us unaffected by a drought.

Farm LA’s passion lies in turning vacant land into viable land. By creating a model of what we see as being the future of Los Angeles, we can continue creating a cultural awareness for a healthy sustainable way of life.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Our current evaluation process consists of measuring square footage converted and number of plants planted. Our future statistics and record keeping to evaluate our effectiveness will include: monetary donations, pounds of produce, visitors to site, new volunteer sign-ups, volunteer hours accumulated, weight-loss success stories, kilowatts generated and gallons of water produced.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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