Sep 18 2013
The Rebirth of an Agricultural Empire
Sunday, September 29, 3pm-8pm 
The Shed
1355 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

The Rebirth of an Agricultural Empire: From top food producer to food desert, what happened and what’s next for growing food in Los Angeles County?

Until very recently, parkway gardens were still illegal in the City of Los Angeles, and residents were being issued $400 fines for planting edible parkway gardens in areas that are considered food deserts. Come to the Shed to discuss the past, present and future of urban agriculture in Los Angeles county, and how we can shape current policy to encourage our communities to grow food, not lawns.

Featuring a special presentation by Rachel Surls, of UC Cooperative Extension. From Cows to Concrete: From colonial times to the modern era, farming has played a special role in the formation and evolution of Los Angeles County. Once called “the Center of an Agricultural Empire” by the Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles was the top farm county not just in California, but in the nation from 1910 to the early 1950s. Learn about our history as a center for grain production, wine grapes, citrus, dairy farming and much more.  How did farming shape Los Angeles, and how did it fade away? And, what does it mean for us today with the new enthusiasm for gardening and urban farming? Rachel Surls is co-authoring a book on this topic and will share some LA farm history highlights.

3pm Meet & Greet
4-6pm Presentations

  • Rachel Surls Sustainable Foods Systems Advisor UC Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Mud Baron Muir Ranch Director
  • Marco Barrantes Author Feed Your City
  • Hop Hopkins Panther Ridge Farms & Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Q&A immediately following
6:30-8pm Networking

$15/Door $10/Pay-In-Advance
For more information please contact
Presented by La Loma Development

Huntington Catering
The Institute of Urban Ecology

(626) 421-6185 ph

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