- Author: Dohee Kim
The initiative helps new gardeners start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, in the backyard or at a community garden, bringing together local families and neighbors to share their experiences, skills and produce. Participants will turn their new gardening interest into successful gardens, "from the ground up," and will generate positive changes in their homes (with lower grocery bills and enhanced opportunities to eat healthy, nutritious foods).
Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener volunteers will organize and lead low-cost gardening classes. Eighteen gardening classes are scheduled throughout the county. Each class will meet four times, on weekends, to discuss gardening techniques and engage in hands-on activities. Upon successful completion of the series, participants will become UC-certified Victory Gardeners.
"Learning from our Master Gardeners is a wonderful way to play in the garden and grow your own really fresh, harvested vegetables," said Yvonne Savio, Common Ground Garden program manager.
Partners in the initiative include local schools, community gardens and organizations, such as the Altadena Community Garden, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Watts Towers Art Center.
For more information on the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative, click here.
To view the schedule of classes for spring 2012, click here.
For general information on the Common Ground Garden Program, click here.