Pilot Community Planting Program
Our Pilot Community Planting Program started as a social experiment and has made a tremendous impact on the community since its inception in June, 2015.
Our street side raised garden boxes growing food provides produce to our local shelters, community centers and anyone walking by who desires to harvest.
Donors from individual to local businesses, our volunteer movement and our CHG team are responsible for building and maintaining over 70 food garden boxes around Venice.
We even get our water donated and made from the AIR. Say what? Local award winning Architect, David Hertz and Laura Doss Hertz founded SkySource. This air to water technology can produce on average 150 gallons a water a day. More than enough water to maintain our street side boxes.
We recently joined forces with St. Joseph's Center a local non profit to Venice to supply food for their culinary program that trains the homeless as well as challenged men and women to work in the food industry. We harvest the food and Chef James not only teaches his students to cook but serves it up daily at St Joseph's own restaurant, Bread & Roses.
CHG has a growing internship program to educate the culinary students in growing food, maintaining and harvesting our street side boxes as well as food that is native to the neighborhood.
CHG transplanted more than ten raised garden planter boxes to LA Parks, Oakwood Recreation Center to launch an after school and summer garden club with our Garden Educator and Urban Farmer, Sarah Klein. More than 25 underserved Venice at risk youth come through our program on a weekly basis to learn about the natural environment, have a safe place to grow healthy food, perform moderate exercise, and engage in positive social interactions.
The Vera Davis Center another community space is home to 10 raised garden boxes, holds summer gardening classes and cooking workshops with Dharma Kitchen and Chef Sepi for over 100+ kids that have participated to date. Although we plant with our neighbor-volunteers, we actively hire staff locally from programs like; SPY to water and maintain as well as to distribute the food to our community.
Our goal is to continue to feed the underserved and diverse populations right here in our backyard and involve them directly in hands on learning about urban gardening and harvesting the food we grow as well as entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Our Venice neighbors and local businesses are out getting their hands dirty, learning about one another and connecting through food and gardening.
If you are interested in adopting an existing box you can adopt a box here!