Los Angeles County’s Growing Experience: An Oasis Within a Food Desert
Manuel Cisneros and his son Adan gently package fruits and vegetables for the week’s veggie boxes. Broccoli, green onions, oranges, grapefruits and avocados are just a few of the items filling the boxes destined for local kitchens. Minutes earlier, the father and son team were picking the fruit and pulling the vegetables out of the rich soil. Fresh indeed – and organic. They are meant for Los Angeles County residents who often don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s just one of the many facets of The Growing Experience Environmental Resource Center, a 7-acre urban farm and community garden located within the Carmelitos Public Housing Community in North Long Beach.