Los Angeles

Community Gardening: From Garden to Plate

Al Renner shares his knowledge with the next generationAl Renner, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Garden Master of Lavender Hill Farm, invites Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to two events focusing on Garden to Plate, a multi-pronged effort to promote fresh food grown locally.

When: Friday, March 19, 2010 beginning at 7:30pm
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
What: A presentation and open discussion about Garden to Plate with Al Renner and his friends and colleagues. Al Renner’s experiences growing up on an Illinois farm and his deep involvement in the community gardening movement in Los Angeles provide him with a unique perspective on the evolution of attitudes toward food security, community building, healthy foods and nutrition over time; the issues and opportunities the movement faces today; and new strategies for cultivation and community building that may lead us into the future.

When: Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 8:30am until noon
Where: Lavender Hill Farm, 525 Solano Avenue, Los Angeles
What: An open house at Lavender Hill Farm! The public is invited to visit this four-acre site comprised of vegetable beds, permaculture terraces, and a fruit tree orchard nestled on the hillside above Solano Canyon Community Garden. Mark Donofrio of Larchmont Grill, Michael Duddie of Mirabelle Restaurant, and farm manager Charles Lee will join Al Renner to answer questions about the restaurant-supported agriculture program initiated in 2009.