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Why We're Planting Wildflowers Across LA County

We're so excited to be presenting an amazing project by artist Fritz Haeg, entitled Wildflowering L.A.

We're so excited to be presenting an amazing project by artist Fritz Haeg, entitled Wildflowering L.A. The project is huge, occupying the entire urbanized region of the county, and will come together by dispersing native wildflower seeds to local residents and businesses in the fall, then gathering the photos, stories, cuttings, and mapped locations at a central project headquarters during the period of peak bloom in Spring 2014.

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A Hidden Oasis Grows on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Fueled by volunteers and donations from the community, a lush urban garden is thriving in an unusual location in the heart of Hollywood.

On a Sunday morning along Hollywood Boulevard, behind a row of celebrity-scouting tour buses and steps from the glittering Walk of Fame, Karen Schumacher and Jessica Crum are lugging a hose into a vacant lot to water their geraniums. "The plants are mostly drought-tolerant," says Schumacher, standing among the meandering vines of jasmine and bougainvillea. "But I usually water once a week."

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Can City Farmers Make a Living? Activist Eli Zigas on the Challenges of Urban Agriculture

Will urban agriculture become a major part of the food system in San Francisco?

With commitments to food security, programs like mandatory composting and the Urban Orchards Project, San Francisco has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the expansion of urban agriculture. With Mayor Gavin Newsom's 2009 Executive Directive on Food (PDF) which articulated a vision of a food system with nutritious food for all San Franciscans, the city demonstrated its commitment to scale up the amount of food that's grown within city limits.

Even with strong support from the city, progress towards that goal has run into several obstacles. Working tirelessly to help eliminate many of them has been Eli Zigas, the executive director of Cultivate SF, which seeks to catalyze the development of self-sustaining urban agriculture ventures in San Francisco through research, education, and policy advocacy. He also coordinates the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance, which specifically seeks to increase the the amount of food grown within the city and provide greater access to it. "Backyards and community gardens can produce a lot of food, and I am a strong proponent of those gardens," says Zigas. "But, to really bring a new level of scale to food production in the city, urban farmers need to be able to make a living selling what they grow. And the only way they can do that is if they can grow produce for sale legally under the zoning code."

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