Open Gärden is now located in several cities around the country and even globally, including NYC, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Copenhagen, Arusha, Johannesburg, Mumbai, among others. Each city offers unique agricultural histories and enormous potential for urban food production, waste conversion, and renewable energy. We highlight a few of these cities here, but explore the hundreds of sites in all of these places located on the OG app.
The environmental history of Los Angeles has (with good reason) been a story of land degradation, misuse, and missed opportunities. By more closely tracing the history of small-scale food production, horticultural practices, culinary pathways, and ethnic foodways, a counternarrative emerges that challenges our assumptions about our own relationship tothe landscape of Los Angeles. Urban farming and agro-ethnic practices hold the power to educate us, stitch together our communities, and provide potential paths to economic sustainability. OG visualizes these spaces and histories hidden in plain sight.
The Future of Green in LA
Over the past decade, a vast, multi-faceted network of Angelenos–food justice advocates, farmers, educators, and consumers–have coalesced with other sustainability champions to begin reimagining LA. Through the leadership and support of the LA Food Policy Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Green New Deal,” LA may be poised to claim its new status as a green city.