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Community Gardens in Urban Communities

Strengthen communities by building and supporting community gardens where every person in Los Angeles County can grow healthy food in their neighborhood.

Campaign Leader: Los Angeles Community Garden Council

City, State: Los Angeles, California

About the Campaign:

We envision a garden network for Los Angeles where people of all ages and backgrounds live healthy, active lives in a clean environment by growing fresh food.

This network fosters the meeting of people from diverse backgrounds to share experience and knowledge, promote urban agriculture and economic justice, provide leadership and job training, and grow more beautiful and sustainable communities. We are asking our community to come out and support the growth of our network of gardens.

What We’re Fighting For

How We Will Win

Require EBT and WIC Participation at Farmers’ Markets

Implementing a system to accept EBT at farmers’ markets offers an important tool to improve the affordability of Good Food among low income residents, as well as a significant economic benefit for small farmers. Currently, 27 out of 123 farmers’ markets in Los Angeles County accept EBT cards. EBT redemption represents on average $10,600 a month for farmers vending at farmers’ markets. In order to improve the affordability of Good Food among low-income individuals, require full EBT and WIC participation at farmers’ markets that receive state, federal, or local subsidies, such as fee waivers and grants within Los Angeles County.

Require EBT & WIC Participation at Farmers’ Markets

Contact LA County Supervisors to request that they make EBT and WIC participation required at all farmer’s markets.

Promote Funding Opportunities and Technical Assistance for Farmers’ Markets

Help education market operators of funding opportunities through federal and other sources (such as the USDA AMS Farmerbs’ Markets) to help implement new EBT devices.

Require EBT & WIC Participation at Farmers’ Markets

Contact LA County Supervisors to request that they make EBT and WIC participation required at all farmer’s markets and develop a program to assist with implementation.

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