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Residents 'grow their own'

March 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Southern California residents are taking a page out of First Lady Michelle Obama's book and growing their own food.In a space that was once a neighborhood eyesore, something fresh is starting to spring up.

The Fountain Community Garden is being built on land owned by the City of Los Angeles. On Saturday volunteers and community residents were busy planting herbs and filling the plots that will be used by urban gardeners.

The low to middle income community surrounding the garden is a melting pot of cultures, and longtime residents believe the project will bring everyone together.

"I am excited because, it is going to beautify our neighborhood," said Alex Alferov, who lives in the neighborhood. "It also will give everyone a chance to get to know each other."

The city has donated the land, partnering with several organizations, to build about 60 plots. Neighborhood residents will be able to grow and share food.

Isabel Valencia, a mother of three, said growing some of her own food will be good for her budget and her family.

"I'm looking forward to growing tomatoes, carrots, anything that is healthy and we can feed ourselves off of," said Valencia.

First Lady Michelle Obama's decision to start a garden at the White House is being praised in Los Angeles where there are about 80 community gardens.

The Fountain Community Garden will open in about a month, allowing community members to start planting fruits and vegetables.

It will cost community residents about $10 a month to grow their crops, and there's a lot of excitement about the project.


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