Janet Loera clips cilantro from the vertical gardens at Homegirl Cafe.
Janet Loera works as a line cook at Homegirl Cafe now, but a few years ago, fresh out of jail, she spent most of her time in one of the gardens that provide this downtown Los Angeles restaurant with freshly harvested organic produce. “I was one of the first girls in the garden,” says the 21-year-old, cutting cilantro from a hanging herb garden outside the cafe. “That’s where I started.”
Please welcome our new blogger Laura Harmon. She received a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and she currently designs and builds gardens and objects for the garden out of her studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She'll be blogging for us about different landscape architecture stories throughout the year.
Spring Gardens Community Garden
Since 1995, this city block just north of the art museum at 18th and North Streets has been home to Spring Gardens Community Garden, a neighborhood transforming community garden. It is one of many throughout the city.