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News :: Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
15 May 2006
The city of Los Angeles is trying to take the collective South Central Farm away from the community. The struggle to save the farm might have implications to urban gardeners and urban community farmers in Boston and across the nation.
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The city of Los Angeles is trying to take the collective South Central Farm away from the community. The struggle to save the farm might have implications to urban gardeners and urban community farmers in Boston and across the nation.

The South Central Farm project is located on 14 acres of land at 41st and Alameda Streets in the middle South Central Los Angeles. It has been used as a collective community farm and garden since 1992 and is one of the largest urban gardens in the United States.

The farm provides food-safety, open space, family activities and self relented to the community. It also feeds 350 families by providing fresh fruits and vegetables on daily basis. Each family has their own plot of land and grows the plants and food they choose.

Now the city of Los Angeles wants to turn the land over to developers who will destroy the farm and build warehouses.

Time is running out but there is still some hope.

There is less than 10 days to save the Farm. On Monday May 22, 2006, if the 16.3 million dollars needed to purchase the Fand from developer Ralph Horowitz is not acquired, the contractual agreement giving the farmers a stay on the land will go void.

Ralph Horowitz already has the eviction notice in hand!! On Monday May 22, he will ask the court to send the eviction to the L.A County Sheriffs Department so that they may execute the eviction. The farmers and community will have approximately 24 hours to vacate the farm and turn it over to Ralph Horowitz for its destruction and transformation into a possible Wal-mart or other mega corporation warehouse/distribution center.

Visit the SCF website to find out how you can help!
http://www.southcentralfarmers.com

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See the collection of all 70 photographs of the Farm by Jonathan McIntosh:
http://capedmaskedandarmed.com/photo/southcenteralfarm/index.html


Read a detailed synopsis on the history of the farm:
http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie

Watch a short film on the South Central Farm:
http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2718434?htv=12&;htv=12
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See also:
http://www.southcentralfarmers.com
http://www.capedmaskedandarmed.com

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Re: Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
15 May 2006
jona, that pic of the little kid with the seeds is national-geographic good. i absolutely love it.
Re: Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
15 May 2006
There a few days left to fundraise for the Purchase of the South Central Farm. If the money is not raised Horrowitz has already gotten the court order to begin eviction as soon as this purchase option fails. He has more interest in having fail because he stands to make up to 25 million dollars if he sells the land to other developers.


Save the South Central Farm!
THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND HAS SECURED
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE THE SOUTH
CENTRAL FARM!
The 14-acre South Central Farm, located at 41st and Alameda Streets in South Los Angeles, is thought to
be the largest community garden in the United States. After a contentious three-year land-use battle that
made news around the world, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) has secured an opportunity to save the
Farm. Within the confines of a tentative purchase agreement, TPL hopes to help unify stakeholders and
different sectors of Los Angeles to raise the money necessary to purchase the land.
The community goal is to raise $1 million in less than 30 days, for this we need your help. Los Angeles
must step up to the plate and help save this land. We have the opportunity to eliminate park poverty in
this highly urbanized and semi-industrial neighborhood. We can make permanent and public the
community and cultural benefits of the green oasis created by 360 families as they continue to grow
healthy fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants to supplement their food budgets.
Without the help of donors—both major and modest—the fate of the South Central Farm remains in doubt.
Help us save this important community asset and transform it into a true multi-cultural regional resource
built on the unique relationship between people and the land.
If you would like more information about the project, fundraising or Parks for People-LA, please call Bob
Reid 213.380.4233 x 14 or email at bob.reid (at) tpl.org or Alina Bokde 213.380.4233 x 27
-Checks should be made payable to “The Trust for Public Land”,
-Please write “South Central Farm” in the memo line of your check
-Include the tear off portion of this flyer with your check.
-All donations are tax deductible, TPL is a 501(3)c non-profit organization.
-Visit the Parks for People website at http://www.tpl.org/p4pla
Yes! I’d like more information about……

Name:___________________________________
_____
The Trust for Public Land Address:__________________________________
_____
TPL’s Parks for People-LA program _________________________________________
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The South Central Farm City, State Zip:_____________________________
Phone:___________________________________
_____Yes! I’d like to help fundraise for the email:____________________________________
South Central Farm
Mail checks and information requests to
The Trust for Public Land 3250 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2003 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Re: Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
15 May 2006
From a true conservative point of view, the City of Los Angeles is acting like a Stalnist thugocracy. The values that agriculture and open space promote in a concrete hell like LA are priceless. This is what happens when you get Big Government Democrats in bed with developers. The Kelo case the liberals voted for on the Supreme court is an example of who really is for the small farmer and businessman and just plain people who need to have some connection to Nature.
Re: Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
16 May 2006
wow, the rush to indict democrats seems rather to be a sign of guilt... ie, this is what happens when capital has more power in a society than people. you really think if free-market republicans were running things in la, the poor people wouldn't be getting screwed?

i'm no democrat, but let's not take our eyes off the ball- capitalism is the problem and revolution is the answer. about face, free the land, no compromise!
Re: Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
15 Jun 2006
The low-class squatters did not even say thank you for all of the years they have been using property that does not belong to them.
Typical illegal alien mentality.
Ralph Horowitz does not owe you anything - just like America does not owe you anything.
I applaud Horowitz for taking back his own property. Got it - it does not belong to you!!!!!!