The Home Growers Circle: Real people with a passion to grow real food

Ethel & Bill Robert Charmaine & Brian Brandon Nancy Lewis & Tara Malika & Donny Andy & Susanna Craig & Gary Warren & Lovejoy

Charmaine & Brian / Silver Lake

We’re a young couple, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and local to Silver Lake. Our commitment to one another, our home, and our community is one that we take great pride in cultivating for years to come.

We are home growers not because we can, but because we must. We must change our relationship with food. We must change our connection to the environment. We must change the dwindling sense of community in our fast-food culture, the result of our generation’s drive-by, buy-it-now mentality. We must slow down. We are home growers because we have chosen, out of an urgent need, to put on the brakes and just live.

We are apartment dwellers down the street from Forage. We don’t own our land; instead we’ve colonized a space on the property that had been barren for more than 10 years. We’re young, inexperienced and we’re making mistakes. But we are learning.

Zucchinis, Collard Greens, Bell Peppers, Kentucky Wonder Beans, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Butternut Squash, Swiss Chard, Red and Green Lettuce. Spinach in repurposed self-watering containers made from 2-liter soda bottles, a mysterious plant grown from a clipping that we’re still unsure about (though we’re about 90% certain it’s Comfrey), herbs that flavor our dinners at home, and the list goes on.

Home growing – as we’re finding out – is a journey, destination unknown. The foods we grow, whether they come to fruition or not, provide lessons along the way. Everyday, our little garden gives us an opportunity to care for and nourish plants that will eventually return the favor. It is so simple, yet profound.

Our interest in joining Forage’s Home Growers Circle is fueled by a desire to continue learning, sharing, and discovering what’s possible with our four hands, along with the help of friends in the community. This is a chance to address issues that affect many of us, including the cultivation of our food, along with regaining a sense of self-sufficiency and awareness despite the hurdle of misguided beliefs and the replacement of food with “food products”. We are passionate storytellers. We would love to share our stories with you, the public, as well as eventually work in partnership with local food establishments that use and encourage home-grown produce. Thanks so much for your consideration.








Ways to support
urban farming
in Los Angeles

Community partners have stepped forward with ways you can support local growers:

We know how much everyone in this city loves the movies. Have you seen this one? The Garden is an Academy Award nominated documentary that tells the story of urban farmers who struggle against land developers to keep their community farm in South Central Los Angeles alive. This film offers a revealing look at the challenges of urban farming in a megacity once known for its agricultural output. The director of the film, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, is a Silver Lake resident and he has offered to not only sell DVDs of the film at a 10% discount, but also grant 10% of proceeds to support the certification fees of future participants of the Home Growers Circle. Buy a DVD and help us build support for an eleventh urban microfarmer. Maybe we'll have to ask one of the microfarmers to raise some corn so that we can make some home-grown movie popcorn. Click here to order a DVD and support the Home Growers Circle. Remember to use promotional code FORAGE.