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May 12, 2010 07:46 AM

ISO DTLA Urban Gardeners or Beekeepers?

Looking for downtown individual and/or community vegetable gardens and/or vertical farms and beekeepers. NY, Portland and other major cities are growing vegetables for ultra local and fresh veggies.....are we?

Any info or suggestions would be appreciated....Thanks!

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  1. hi there! have been trying to get a community garden started downtown for YEARS- working right now to get rooftop space in the historic core.! in the meantime, if you're looking for a place to garden, the closest community garden is Solano- just past Chinatown. check out for some of the organized efforts...
    cheers- dawna

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    1. re: dawnadowntown

      Hi Dawna,
      thanks for the excellent link!... I am familiar with Solano, but hoping for rooftop gardens in the historic core which is where I live and work..... .please keep me posted on your progress and let me know how I can help

      1. Have you checked out this site:

        I did some work for the strip along a powerline ROW that basically straddles the 105 Fwy in Watts ("Stanford Avalon" gardens). The variety of Mexican herbs and crops is astounding. If you're restricted to DTLA (and not South L.A.), maybe the garden council can help?

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        1. re: cant talk...eating

          thanks for the garden council link, very helpful....and though I am not totally restricted to DTLA, I am really hoping for some rooftop gardeners

          1. re: OmChef

            Last year I managed our company's rooftop garden at work near LAX.


            Sadly I had to give it up this spring after stripping it in the winter (Other co-workers lost interest and being full exposure to the sun made it pretty high maintenance) So it's even more bare than the picture I linked. I hope to do some catch-up in the summer.


            1. re: Dommy

              thanks Dommy! this looks like it was very fun, and I would never have guessed LAX for rooftop gardens, but it gives me hope for downtown...

          1. re: frank828

            Frank, thanks so much for the DTLA bee info. An open hive event will be happening this coming Sunday morning at 10:30 just a few blocks from my loft, any bee lovers who would like to attend can email Corey at, and a beekeepers meeting the following Sunday at Farmlab... this is exactly what I was looking for!

          2. Bees in OC;


            These fine ladies rescued a swarm from my yard two years ago and made sure it found a good home. The honey they harvest is excellent.

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            1. re: OCEllen

              thanks! great site and a new source for local honey....rescued bees =rescued honey, a sweet spin on foraging

              1. re: OmChef

                They will be here:


                with honey and info. (btw I'm not associated with either enterprise)

                1. re: OCEllen

                  thanks for the link, and I will definitely check out the Long Beach show in June