Revitalizing the way Los Angeles grows mentally, physically, and economically.

submission by GreenBoxFarms
Revitalizing the way Los Angeles grows mentally, physically, and economically.

About Your Application

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


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(Social Enterprise) Pending B Corporation Status

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


GREENBOXFARMS grows organic produce in food deserts using hydroponic technologies.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Our "Green Works Project" seeks to build on existing research that shows how nature and built environments directly affect human health and well-being. Additionally, by creating local economic development and sustainable food chains we want to end the food deserts that plague Los Angeles.

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):

Applied Technology Center (High School); Bell Gardens High School; South Los Angeles elementary and high schools (TBD)

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):

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.


Percentage of LA communities that are resilient: The "Green Works Project" creates an opportunity to gather and build upon existing data that that supports the theory of "Green Cities: Good Health."

Access to healthy food & obesity rates: GREENBOXFARMS can grow one acre of produce in 320 cubic feet, use 80% less water than traditional farming, and grow produce 365 days a year, regardless of climate, weather, or location.

Exposure to air toxins & percentage of tree canopy cover: Our farms have vegetation both inside and out, allowing us to utilize space efficiently, improving air quality, and promote biodiversity.

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences & rates of mental illness: In essence, GREENBOXFARMS will create healthy and resilient communities through outreach, research, and the creation of local food chains.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


With the help of our partners, here are a few ways we will measure the success of our project:

- Conduct research with students to see how their interactions with nature affect their wellbeing and habits. (Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, rates of mental illness, access to healthy food, obesity rates, and percentage of LA communities that are resilient)

- The amount of produce grown and their distribution mileage from source (Access to healthy food, percentage of LA communities that are resilient, exposure to air toxins)

- Vegetation mapping (Percentage of tree canopy cover)

- The percentage of locally sourced project materials (Percentage of LA communities that are resilient)

- The amount of money donated to schools via produce sales (Percentage of LA communities that are resilient)

These metrics will deliver insight on key issues regarding community health, sustainability, and economic development.

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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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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