Venice Design Series | 2022 Urban Farms Tour
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Urban Farms Tour

Hosted by Donna Manders

We are thrilled for the opportunity to visit and explore beautiful Alma Backyard Farms in the heart of Compton. ALMA exists to re-claim lives of formerly incarcerated people, re-purpose land into productive urban farms, and re-imagine community as a place for people & plants to thrive. Alma’s wonderful farm stand will be open for shopping organic & locally grown fruits & vegetables, locally baked bread & pastries, pantry staples, sustainably made household items and more! Lunch will be served with ingredients grown at Alma and we will enjoy the musical styling of Grammy nominated cellist Aristides Rivas.

We’ll continue our Compton tour with a stop at Moonwater Farms, a micro farm devoted to urban agriculture and sustainability. Hidden on a quiet neighborhood street, we will explore Moonwater’s focus of engaging youth and residents of Los Angeles in the Good Food System being built across the city. As strong believers in food sovereignty and food justice, Moonwater is actively engaged in changing the narrative through education, dialogue, and practice. Moonwater provides a farm space for hands-on training that can inform future employment or study in the fields of sustainability, agriculture or aquaponics.

Temu Asyr Bey will be joining us at Moonwater. A Compton native, plant based executive Cordon Bleu trained chef, urban farmer, author and recently directed the work of the Compton Community Garden. He is renowned for using vegetables, fruits, and herbs freshly harvested from community gardens & locally grown as an essential part of the food he serves & classes he teaches. Temu’s goal is to live and show others how to live a self-sustainable lifestyle. He has consulted on the development of multiple community gardens throughout Los Angeles.

Photos by Sheri Determan