Jesse DuBois is an urban agriculturalist. He moved to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter, but instead got caught up in reshaping the food system. He is the CoFounder and currently serves as the Chief Eclectic Officer for two start-ups: Farmscape, an urban farming maintenance company, and Agrisaurus, a web-based polyculture gardening assistant.
This event has been put up on the E3 Faccbook Page and looks quite interesting. Here is the description:
Following up on Steve Lopez’s article about Ron Finley and his urban garden in Crenshaw, this blog has a video about his garden. I’ve found that in the case of urban gardens, imagery is very poignant. Touching story.
A bunch of young 2o-something people based in Lincoln Heights, working with even younger people–kids. They started a summer camp, and farm on this hilly space, a landscape that they describe as their biggest challenge.
You can see a KCET spot on them here.
Rachel Surls, whom you saw on the KCET video about Richland Farms and ag in LA County, keeps an occasional blog. Here, she blogs about how to get your goods into a farmers’ market if you are a small producer. Some markets are run by larger groups like Raw Inspiration, while others are more singular start-up operations, like the new Altadena Farmers’ Market.
These are the basic specs.
In order to sell farm products grown in Los Angeles County at a Certified Farmers’ Market, growers must contact the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at 562-622-0426. (For those growing in other counties, they would contact their own county agricultural commissioner’s office). An inspector will make an appointment to visit the growing area to find out what and how much the farmer is growing, and how much they project they will have available for sale.
There is a small annual fee for certification. After the inspection, and paying the fee, the farmer receives a Certified Producer’s Certificate to display when selling at a market. Growers can only sell what has been grown on the farm, and specifically, what is on the certificate. New crops can be added by amending the certificate.
The LA Bread Bakers have a blog, where they are tracking the wheat they helped a farmer plant in Agoura Hills, just off the 101. The LABB have also recently built kilns and one of their members, Mark Stambler, led the movement to get the Cottage Food Law passed in the state legislature–now you can make and sell a whole range of foodstuffs from your own kitchen, legally, with minimal permitting and inspection hassle. For more info on the LABB, check out the blog, or their Meetup page.