South Central Farm: Planting a Garden of Life
HOST: Halo caring viewers, and welcome to Vegetarianism: The Noble Way
of Living. Today, we feature 2-part series on the South Central Farm,
an organic community farm and garden in California, USA.
South Central Farm was first established in 1994 in a dense urban area
in South Central Los Angeles. Located at 41st and Alameda Street, this
14-acre land had been cultivated by local residents for years.
by warehouses and industry, this lush oasis hosted a diversity of
plants, including fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even
The South Central farmers use sustainable
farming methods, which do not involve any use of chemicals. Their
products, fresh and organic, are abundant enough to feed the farmers,
their family, and the community.
Hearing of their organic vegan
farming work, Supreme Master Ching Hai had contributed US$10,000 to
support their noble endeavors. Today, Tezozomoc, a representative from
the South Central Farm, will tell us about the background of the farm.
was a community garden that was put together after the 1992 uprisings.
My father had started it with other community members.
Their land was a vacant lot that had been abandoned. When they first
started to turn it into a community garden, people had to dig up pieces
of concrete. They had to remediate the land. They had to bring it back to life and then it began to feed about 350 families.
then, not only that, but the extended family that went along with
families like that. For a majority of the constituents were women,
single women, retired, grandmothers who would bring their children
And then also to show them a different way of life, a
constructive, a positive way of life that would impact them in a good
HOST: The original South Central Farmers came from
different indigenous groups in Mesoamerica. Their traditional beliefs
in farming involved caring for the land and retaining agricultural
methods that do not use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides.