Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why Should Angelenos Care About Farms?

Forneris Farms Mission Hills

To many of my friends and family members it seems strange that I have chosen to focus my life and work writing about farms since I am an LA native and they say, "LA doesn't have any farms."

Well, for starters, Los Angeles has a rich agricultural history. Did you know that the first wine country in California was in downtown LA? Or, that it was also home to the first commercially planted orange grove? That Venice was once the celery capital of California, or that the South Bay was the strawberry capital?

But, it's not just history, there are still farms here, some of them are actually traditional farms, but most are urban "farms" small pieces of land carved out in the urban jungle, you just have to know where to look.

That's what this blog is all about, exploring these wonderful places so that we can support them by buying their produce, attending their events, and spreading the word about them.

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