"I looked around the city and wondered what I would feed my newborn daughter. It became clear that I needed to create it myself. So I hurried to build a vegetable garden."
Nature's Abundance is for Community Sharing
Since October 2018, Crop Swap LA has united gardeners across Los Angeles to grow and share their extra veggies, fruits, herbs, and valuable homemade items with each other and the community. The abundance was enormous, and we got to thinking about ways to form infrastructures to harvest it ongoing.
Soil is Life
It's hard to get what your body needs when even organic food is often grown in nutrient-deficient fields. Nutritious food is a right, not a luxury.
Crop Swap LA believes our food should be:
1) Nutrient-grown in enriched and tested soil; for perfect mineral and nutrient composition.
2) Free of pesticides or any GMO seed usage.
Grown this way, veggies and fruit are easier to ingest into the body, provide us with with nutrients we need and will last longer in your refrigerator.
& Water Recycling
A SoCal Garden Must
Southern California has many environmental challenges. Our biggest however, is our lack of water. Everyday, we import 1.5 billion gallons of water - yikes! How could we ever we justify using water to grow our gardens?
Thankfully, we have not even scratched the surface in Rainwater Harvesting. Capturing free rainwater for future irrigation reuse must be part of the next sustainable evolution of our City of Los Angeles.
Crop Swap LA is partnering with EnviroscapeLA and Mike Garcia for future installations, ensuring our impact is net positive.
Nature offers an abundance of chances to regain control of our food, money, social habits and environment.
Local Nutrient Transfer
You deserve the nutrients under your feet
Imagine if we grew all this food nearby and sold it elsewhere.... it would re-create the environmental malpractices, equity-ignorant distribution patterns, and extract, instead of regenerate.
At Crop Swap LA, we commit to targeting 80% of our food sales within the zip codes the food area grown.