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Obscura Society LA: Earthworks Harvest Tour

A Farm Among Fast Food & Freeways

Join Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein on an exploration of farming in the most unlikely of places, in an area known as a "food desert."

There's a five-acre farm  under the 60 Freeway, where the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel rivers cross, that turns rogue gardening into a full-fledged community endeavor and educational opportunity. Narrowing the gap between farm and fork, Earthworks Farm & Community Garden attempts to battle Southern California's disappearing farmland by transforming a vacant parcel of land – curiously situated between a Ramada Inn and a Burger King – into a site for local and sustainable agriculture amidst the tell-tale signs of modern urbanity.

Their organic farming practices produce a diverse array of crops, whose seasonal yield is available for the community to purchase in a cooperative that allows city dwellers to both be local and buy local. Disadvantaged youth from the area learn hands-on work skills and job training in organic farming at Earthworks Farm, whose outreach also extends out to local schools and community places to teach them organic farming practices for their own sites.

During our inspirational visit, we'll get to meet farm staff learn about the history of the area, and the land they cultivate. We'll even interact with the crops themselves, with the opportunity to take home produce from a guided pick-your-own harvest tour. 

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Notes for this adventure:

- Please note that this event takes place on a weekday – specifically on a Thursday.

- A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Earthworks Farm & Community Garden

- Exact address of our meeting location will be sent to confirmed attendees before the event

- Kid-friendly! Bring the whole family.

- The cost of produce is not included, but items will be available for purchase. Bring cash and your reusable bags!

- We will be outside without any shade, so please dress appropriately and wear sun protection. Be prepared for at least an hour of standing and walking, and wear comfortable shoes you would wear to a farm.

Advance tickets only. All sales are final.