Today I had the opportunity to meet with Growgood Urban Farm in Bell, 2.5 hours away from my place in Hollywood. I found this urban farm with a difference online and had my first encounter with them via a phone conversation last week.
I was met at the farm by Jayne; their lovely programme cultivator who gave me a tour of their site. GrowGrow is located on an industrial estate in Bell which really makes this place magical. It was amazing to see such a thriving ecosystem existing in an otherwise very concrete environment.
Adjacent to the Salvation Army Shalter; GrowGood is a 1.5 acre, not for profit urban farm serving the shelter fresh, organic produce. Not only do they provide wonderful fruits and veggies year round, the farm are also growing their own teas!
Jayne showed me their chickens, meditation space and native Californian garden which was alive with bees, butterflies background; quite a sight to see with factories in the background.
But the most special part of my visit was learning about their work with the shelter from a therapeutic point of view. GrowGood connect residents to horticulture through their farm, empowering people through nature for job opportunity and rehabilitation. Jaynes’s passion for horticultural therapy and the magic of nature meant we had a wonderful cconnection and conversation. Its amazing when you meet people who share the same passion and vision especially miles from home!
Powerful and moving work that I feel blessed to have witnessed… Thank you GrowGood