The Edible Apartment

submission by jillvolat
The Edible Apartment

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The Edible Apartment

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Community Project

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Create an edible oasis for apartment building residents to foster healthy, organic eating; build community; increase property values for building owners and provide a sense of place and peace for the surrounding community.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We will oversee the creation of 15 new Edible Apartments around the city of Los Angeles. We will meet with building owners and residents to do a needs assessment; determine land and resource availability and, from those findings, create a site-specific design for each site location. This network of Edible Apartments will provide access to healthy eating and community for those who do not live in a single family residence, but still want to take ownership of their health and community.

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.


Los Angeles residents who cannot afford our increasing cost of land should not be prohibited from taking ownership of their health and diet through growing their own food. Edible gardens provide organic produce, a sense of community, beauty, increase property values and provide an emotional and psychological benefits. Touching the soil has tangible benefits, as does being a part of a community and the building of a garden which creates a sense of hope and optimism for the future.

While community gardens are a great model, not all LA residents have access to these kinds of properties, either because of proximity or expense. The two most prohibitive reasons why people don't grow their own food are: 1. Access to land. 2. How to do it.

I will make LA the healthiest place to live by installing 15 new "Edible Apartments" around our City of Angeles. I have already piloted and proven the process here at my own apartment building in Mid-City Los Angeles.

The Edible Apartment has transformed the quality of life for residents, created a sense of community, improved the property value and imbued a sense of curiosity and presence for the surrounding community.

How do I know this? Because I have experienced it and documented it first hand. Strangers have knocked on my door to tell me that the garden has inspired them and made them go home and plant some tomatoes. I have met people outside of Los Angeles and told them about my project only to hear them say, "Oh my goodness, that's YOUR project?...I saw it on the way to LACMA when I was visiting LA - it's amazing!!"

We are holding classes here, community gatherings, informal TEA parties and garden tours. People are inspired, curious and want to learn how to do it for themselves. I've received national and international letters from people asking if I'd travel to help them at their own apartment building to create a similar project, or, at the very least, do videos on how they can do it themselves.

The Edible Apartment was dead grass just four months ago. Now it is a thriving organic oasis right in the middle of apartment buildings and offices. It's the definition of health in a myriad of ways.

As with so many other areas, Los Angeles will be an model to other cities around the world for what is possible in terms of creative and pro-active ways to take charge of our health, environment, community and sense of place, 'even for' those who don't own their own homes.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


I have already evaluated my work with my pilot project here in Mid-City Los Angeles. It is thriving and the residents, community and apartment building owner are all thrilled with the outcome. They are calling me the Mensch of Miracle Mile (that means good person).

I will evaluate future Edible Apartments with photo documentation from start to finish and interviews of residents; property owners and managers; and community members.

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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Excellent work. There is nothing more powerful then people getting to see something happen first hand. The empowerment that happens for people when they can grow their own food is nothing short of phenomenal.

by naflo
6 months ago

How are the gardens maintained, over time?

by mehatsea
6 months ago

How are the gardens maintained, over time?

by mehatsea
6 months ago

Great question Part of the grant money will involve training the residents to maintain the garden themselves, with regular check ins from the TEA Green Team.

by jillvolat
6 months ago

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