Freeway Farm Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

submission by amoussa
Freeway Farm Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Freeway Farm

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Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Freeway Farm is interested in transforming the under-utilised peri-freeway spaces into a visible and visceral way for Angelenos to connect to their food source.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The majority of California farms are located far removed from the predominate consumers - the urban dwelling general public. This project proposes to transform an iconic facet of life in Los Angeles by utilise the peri-freeway spaces. These spaces, that are normatively occupied by shrubs and ice plants, would be replaced with micro-climate appropriate edible fruit/vegetable crops & medicinal herbs.

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)


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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

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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.


Freeway Farm Green Infrastructure Pilot Project presents a unique opportunity to transform a series of overlooked spaces in various states of neglect into a network of sustainable agricultural green spaces that can help Angelenos better connect with their environment while creating a sense of community and civic pride.

Instead of ice plant, these areas can be used for growing fruits and vegetables for consumption by the populace, for sale to area restaurants, or as biomass. Proceeds from these sales can be used to pay for the upkeep, maintenance, and administration of the plots. A secondary use may be to incorporate medicinal gardens that highlight the indigenous plants and uses by the multitude of traditional cultures that make up the diverse population of Los Angeles.

Imagine the experience of watching the organic growth process as you commute on a freeway - weaving utility and beauty, infrastructure and landscape. By adaptive reuse of the peri-freeway spaces into green infrastructure this project will weave neighbourhoods together and inspire residents by making visible the dynamic process of agriculture inside the county.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Freeway Farms will know that we are making a positive impact through recognition by community members and civic leaders & positive media reports. Our performance metrics are tied to growth in interest from the public and to the ability to successfully grow and scale the pilot project.

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

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015