Urban Farm Gets TLC From Volunteers

Urban Farm Gets TLC From Volunteers

Southern California Edison employees lend a hand at community garden.

Maureen Nevins joined her mom volunteering at Earthworks Farm where they helped with gardening and beautifying the area.

SCE volunteers help with gardening and pulling weeds at the Earthworks Farm.

Patty Nevins (left) and Jaclyn Loomis clear branches from a grove at the Earthworks Farm to create an easily accessible meditation and teaching area.

Susan Cross (right) and grandson Eduen at the Earthworks Farm in El Monte.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 9:00pm

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Between a hotel, fast-food burger joint and the 60 Freeway sits an unusual patch of greenery — the Earthworks Farm & Community Garden in El Monte, California.

El Monte is a “food desert,” meaning the city lacks places where residents can buy healthy, fresh produce and vegetables. The ratio of unhealthy to healthy food shopping options is more than five to one in the eastern Los Angeles County community. The Earthworks farm is a program of the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps and was designed to improve those statistics by promoting sustainable agriculture and teaching organic farming to area residents. It’s an urban farm.

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