Open Gärden is part of a larger movement to reimagine the ecological and historical contours of Los Angeles.
LA’s original aqueduct, ca. 1863
Images courtesy of LADWP: http://waterandpower.org/museum/
Research and related projects:
The project began earlier this year and was initially conceived as a teaching tool in both my history and ENST courses at Whittier. Students have downloaded the app and completed assignments that include georeferencing gardens, trees, historic agricultural sites, and natural spaces. Further, my history students use the app to upload digital archival images, which will be correlated with GPS locations throughout LA County. The results have evolved into an ongoing, open-ended research project that will continue to grow beyond Whittier and into the public. Beyond pedagogy, the app has the potential to connect urban agricultural hubs where students community members, and farmers of color can connect via digital platforms to collaborate environmental justice issues.
Since 2018, OG has collaborated with CSUD professor Fynn Praegerson to utilize OG in his graduate level XX class. Student researchers identified new possible urban farming sites across the South Bay. See PAPERS HERE.
OG has been utilized in Zappia’s LA Foodscapes class. See SYLLABUS HERE.
2018 – digitizing historical images project:
Two student researchers began archiving images for the “AR/VR Time Machine” feature that will appear in future versions of OG. See GALLERY of selected images and links here.