On that farm there was an eviction notice
South LA's most well-known community gardeners have been told to get out. The Farm at 41st and Alameda has 360 plots where locals grow fresh produce and hold a market on Sunday that includes, we can see from Kathryn Hill's excellent photographs, grilled corn, fried plantains, taquitos, carnitas, fresh sugar cane and prickly pear.
After the 1992 riots/uprising/unrest, the land, which was to be the site of a garbage incinerator, was given to the LA Food Bank and turned into the community garden. Current ownership is pretty complicated — it's gone back and forth in the courts — but late last year it came to light that the city was planning to hand the property over to developers.
In November, Mayor Villaraigosa said, "The effort was a great example of what can be accomplished when the community and elected officials work together towards a common goal — in this case, preserving green, open space for the public to enjoy." Unfortunately, he was talking about a 140-acre park in East LA. We hope that he can use his political skills to help the community at 41st and Alameda preserve their well-loved greenspace, too.