Largest US Urban Community Garden is on Red Alert

For the South Central Farm in Los Angeles, considered the largest urban community garden in the country, time may be running out (see our previous post). After a tangle of extensions and stays, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept. has a warrant to evict and evacuate on behalf of the land's legal owner, a developer with plans to use the land for warehouses. Advocates for the fourteen-acre organic farm are bracing themselves for civil disobedience in response to the eviction that they now fear could take place at any time. Farmers, local community members, and advocates of the farm have been amassing nightly to populate the farm and its urban perimeter. An encampment of tents has also sprung up. Among those spending their nights at the farm is actress and eco-advocate Daryl Hannah and Julia "Butterfly" Hill, who has taken her signature position on a platform suspended in a tree. Musicians Ben Harper, Zack de la Rocha, and Joan Baez have all been to the farm in recent days to show support. (See Daryl's emergency vlog episode here)
Eviction may come at any time for the community garden and the 350 families who till the soil for food, recreation, and income. Organizers are asking for financial donations and for supporters to spend time at the farm in the event that the eviction takes place. Matching funds previously informally promised by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to help community members buy the farm are now no longer being offered, according to sources close to the issue. :: South Central Farmers