Freedom Farms

Through Freedom Farms, we aim to democratize and scale urban farming and enhance food accessibility. We invest in local urban farms, in coordination with local master farmers, to support healthy eating in our community. We are building a network of urban farms among South and West LA communities to coordinate and manage project efforts to support a sustainable and large-scale local food economy. Our partners include churches, synagogues, community-based organizations, non-profits, and commercial and recreational urban farmers.

Freedom Farms Grant Recipients

Carthay Elementary School

Carthay School of Environmental Studies Magnet is the only UTK-5th grade magnet elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District that combines the sciences and the humanities in an educational program centered on society and the environment. Carthay’s mission is to empower all students with a sense of environmental awareness and leadership with an appreciation for the natural world.

Crenshaw Community Garden

Founded in the 1970s, the Crenshaw Community Garden (CCG) is an oasis in one of LA’s most densely populated neighborhoods. With 36 plots, the crops grown at CCG reflect the vast diversity of its surrounding neighborhoods. Programming is focused on training and professional development for the garden members who, along with their families and friends, help maintain this green community space.

Epworth Farm

Epworth Farm is a 9,500 square foot property located in South LA and operated by Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Epworth Farm’s mission is to increase the awareness and involvement in urban agriculture, promoting a culture of food sovereignty that will mitigate the burden of food insecurity in Black and Brown neighborhoods; to decrease the incidence of diet related diseases in the South Los Angeles by increasing the consumption of fruits in vegetables in participant households; and to foster connections and relationships within the local food system.

First AME Church

First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church is the oldest church founded by African Americans in Los Angeles. Established in 1872 by Ms. Biddy Mason alongside a small group of believers, today the congregation has more than 19,000 members and several dozen ministries within 13 corporations that reach tens of thousands in greater metropolitan Los Angeles.

Garden School Foundation

Garden School Foundation (GSF) provides in-depth garden-based education to youth at Title I schools in Los Angeles, strengthening connections between food justice, environmental stewardship, and community health.

Good Earth Community Garden

Located just north of Baldwin Hills near Metro’s E Line/La Cienega Station, Good Earth Community Garden (GECG) supports the underserved through gardening practice and education by growing healthy organic food. Created as an initiative under LA Mayor Tom Bradley in the 1970s to utilize and dedicate LADWP transmission property to grow food, GECG encompasses a nearly 36,000 square feet plot. GECG is also the site where our YouthBuild Growers students revitalized a garden plot and shared the abundant harvest with their peers, friends, and families. GECG has also initiated B.E.A.K., Budding Earth Ambassador Kids, which pairs elders with children to provide education about where real food comes from.

Greater Watts Community Garden

Greater Watts Community Garden is a community garden serving the greater Watts/Willowbrook area of Los Angeles and has been in operation for over 40 years. There, garden members and a resident UCCE Master Gardener grow vegetables that they share with friends, community members and church groups

Greener Way Associates

Greener Way Associates (GWA) is a non-profit that trains and mentors youth in newly emerging sustainable urban horticulture enterprises based on permaculture principles. GWA provides ​​on-the-job training in organic edible landscaping to achieve net-zero energy and water waste, runs hands-on demonstrations, and creates open source models and templates for community sustainability and regeneration.

Hollywood Community Housing

Founded in 1989, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) develops affordable homes and safe communities for low-income families, formerly homeless individuals and households, seniors and those with special needs. HCHC currently houses over 2,500 people across 37 properties.

LA Green Grounds

LA Green Grounds (LAGG) is a grassroots organization of volunteers dedicated to enabling residents of South Los Angeles to create their own edible gardens. LAGG uses its South Los Angeles Teaching Garden to educate and share with the community organic gardening practices, ways to prepare food from the garden, and other benefits of gardening and nature.

Park Hills Community Church

Located in LA’s View Park neighborhood, Park Hills Community Church (PHCC) is the longest-established African American church within the Reformed Church of America with a history spanning 75 years.

RootDown LA

RootDown LA (RDLA) is a non-profit that empowers youth and community to become leaders through healthy food ventures in South Central Los Angeles. RootDown provides access to safe green safes, builds demand by getting kids and adults excited about eating what they call “nasty veggies,” and distributes locally grown fruits and vegetables to community members for free.

Social Justice Learning Institute

The Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) works to improve the education, health, and well being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization.