Food Justice Project in South LA

  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
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The Problem

One of the needs that we saw in our community mapping exercise was the extent of pollution and littering of plastic products that drain into the ocean because they are left in the street. We also noticed that most of these trash items were from fast food chains or liquor stores that are abundant in the community. Items like chip bags and plastic bags from fast food chains were noticeable in the bushes and the streets. We wondered why we have so much trash from these places. Access to healthy places to eat may be limited in our community. One way that we decided to tackle the problem of a food desert was to collaborate with a nonprofit in our area called SEEDS. The mission of SEEDS is to promote food justice and healthy food though gardening and learning farming practices in an urban setting. We hope to work with this organization to learn hydroponics farming, where we will ultimately install their hydroponic systems in the SEEDS community garden located a few blocks down the street from us.

Our Plan

Students will be working in groups to learn more about hydroponics, the nonprofit SEED, and ways that learning Arduino-hydroponics farming techniques might help urban communities like South LA. As this is our first year working on the project, we will start small--by installing small hydroponics systems with Arduino sensors in a small community garden. We hope that this will impact students by helping them make a difference within their own communities and help develop advocacy skills around food justice issues. We were inspired by the work by Steven Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine in the South Bronx, NYC.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices

The Benefit

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