All Peoples has a community garden, nutrition classes, and a free food distribution program, all of which have been evaluated and shown to increase the number of fruits and vegetables eaten by participants in our Los Angeles community.
In collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee, a Growers Network has been established which consists of local residents engaged in gardening at home and new 6,000 sq. ft. community-farm across the street from All Peoples. The Food Growers Network has participated in Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s advocacy efforts to create a Los Angeles County tax credit for property owners utilizing land for urban agriculture. All Peoples’ partner Meta Housing has filed an application for the first of these urban agricultural zone tax credits for the Food Growers Network’s community farm.
Throughout 2018, All Peoples in partnership with American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Roots for Peace worked on the Community Farm.
The site started as an empty parking lot. Gravel was removed and replaced with soil, raised beds were constructed, the site was mulched, and the raised beds were soiled. Several fundraisers were also held throughout the year for each building phase.
On November 21, 2018, The Community came together to celebrate each other and give thanks for the work that the Community has put into building the farm.
Community members made homemade mole, calabaza batida, yucca, and more!
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, we gathered for our All Peoples and Roots for Peace Community Farm blessing.
We would also like to acknowledge Pastor Rob and the congregation from All Peoples Christian Church who made community members feel welcome. Community residents were able to share their stories and aspirations for the community farm.
American Friends Service Committee’s Roots for Peace and All Peoples Community Center celebrated the first year build out of the Community Farm!
Community members came together on Saturday, May 18, 2019 for a ribbon cutting at the Community Farm. The day was filled with excitement as Le Ballet Dembaya African Drum & Dance Ensemble performed for attendees. Roots for Peace showcased Youth Artivism and the work of their Food Growers Network members.
Community members had the opportunity to share stories of the farm and also tour the mural painted by All Peoples team member and artist Erick Moreno with All Peoples youth. A mural was also done by the Roots for Peace – youth.
American Friends Service Committee’s Roots for Peace and All Peoples Community Center would like to acknowledge and thank Meta Housing Corporation for their partnership in the successful conversion of the vacant lot into an urban agricultural space.
We would also like to thank Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer for their presence at the Ribbon cutting.
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council hosted the 9th Annual Food Day at LA City Hall on Friday, October 25, 2019.
The theme was Currents of Food: Changing the Food System Through Art and Culture. American Friends Service Committee’s Roots for Peace and All Peoples were selected as Councilmember Price’s Good Food Champion and presented with certificates during the event. Mayor Garcetti attended the event and spoke about “LA’s Green New Deal” – a sustainability plan to continue and accelerate the city’s efforts to combat climate change. Additionally, attendees enjoyed the Food Day Art and Culture Showcase that featured local artists that create work about food and social issues.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard made a stop by All Peoples to take a tour of the Community Farm with Executive Director Saundra Bryant.
The Congresswoman was able to speak with local families that are directly involved in growing produce.