Today, a fenced-off, empty lot sits like an eyesore on the corner of Normandie Ave. and 105th Street in South Los Angeles’ Athens community. But by mid spring, the lot will be transformed into a thriving community garden where children, seniors and adults from the area will be able to tend their own beds full of vegetables, sit below fruit trees and catch the fragrance of blooming flowers.
As part of a larger effort to increase community gardens around the Second District, approximately 40 wood-framed raised beds, a fruit tree orchard, farm stand and seating area will be built in the intergenerational garden, which will be owned and operated by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Members of the community selected to plant and tend to a bed, will be given guidance by master gardeners, and must agree to maintain it regularly. The garden is scheduled to be built by the non-profit Los Angeles Conservation Corps. at the end of April.