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

Malika & Donny / Pasadena

While living in Venice for a few years, we had success growing tomatoes, herbs, onions, lettuce and peppers. Two months ago we moved to Pasadena and bought our first home. We plan to grow an abundance of edibles that will hopefully rival the harvests from our previous west side pad.

The Home Growers Circle would be a great beginning and opportunity to inspire and educate us as we create a new garden in our new home. In addition, we would love to be a part of this community that supports homegrown food in Los Angeles.

Malika often documented our Venice garden trials at We are excited at the prospect of continuing to share our experiences with the local community encouraging more people to grow their own food.

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.