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When the city of Los Angeles threatened to bulldoze the nation’s largest community food garden in 2003, local leader Tezozomoc and his community rose in its defense. He rallied the 350 families who grew food to feed themselves from the 14-acre South Central Garden, engaging in one of America’s most important battles for urban agricultural land use. Although the Garden was ultimately closed, Tezozomoc gave it new life through a now-thriving 85-acre, 100% organic cooperative farm in Buttonwillow, California, and the South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund (SCFHEF), a grassroots nonprofit that provides a rich, culturally-relevant variety of organic produce to Los Angeles CSAs, farmers markets and underserved neighborhoods. Tezozomoc incubates small farming cooperatives and empowers small growers with technical and ecological farm management knowledge, market access, and financial viability to create hope for historically marginalized communities.

Tezozomoc is NRDC’s 2013 Growing Green Award winner in the Food Justice category.

Entries by Tezozomoc

LA Planning Commission: South LA Community, Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:01 PM

In the last blog , "LA Planning Commission Must Heed South LA Community", we covered the long contested experience of the site previously known as the South Central Farm, prior home of the South Central Farmers and located at 41st and Alameda (See map below).

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LA Planning Commission Must Heed South Central LA Community Concerns, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 3:53 PM


On June 26, 2013 the public comment came to a close on the future of the South Central Farmers' farm at 41st St. and Alameda ave in South Los Angeles. Under consideration is a massive 4 warehouses encompassing...

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Join South Central Farmers in Remembering the Violent Eviction of June 13, 2006

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:08 PM

Time: Thursday, June 13. Meet at 7:00 pm for remembrance and vigil.
Location: Martin Luther King Blvd. and Long Beach Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058

Save the Farm! The South Central Farmers call on all Farm supporters, new and old, to stop the industrialization of the...

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Let's Halt Industrialization of the South Central Farm

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Join the South Central Farmers to Halt Industrialization of the South Central Farm


If you have not emailed your opposition please do so at this email: The suggested language is embedded in the email link.


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Renewing Our Community's Agricultural Life From Loss in South Central Los Angeles

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Too often, the same people who work our fields during the day, planting and harvesting fresh produce, spend their evenings in line at the local food bank. As large centralized corporate companies increasingly mechanize their production and conceal it behind closed doors, what actually happens in our food system is...

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