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

Warren & Lovejoy / Highland Park

What up from Highland Park! We're Warren and Lovejoy Ontiveros, and we're excited to partner with Forage to create community, build local economy, and share good food. As Los Angeles natives, we both had memorable experiences growing food when we were kids, and when our children were born, we eagerly got our hands back in the dirt to share that heritage with them. We began gardening as a family in the small side yard of our former apartment, reaping abundant harvests from self-watering containers and raised beds. When that came to an end, we were grateful to snag an opening for a plot at Eagle Rockdale Community Garden, where we learned to value the wisdom of other gardeners as well as to trust our own instinct, research, and observations. We currently garden at Milagro Allegro Community Garden and in our own backyard. We're working towards a permaculture model that seeks to imitate nature, emphasizing biodiversity, biointensive planting, and sustainability. Our garden benefits from our compost and vermicompost systems; it also gets lots of love from our honeybees. We're looking forward to keeping chickens soon!

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.