Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Meeting Recap

Sorry we missed you at the last meeting of the Crenshaw Community Garden!

The next meeting is on January 10th at 10am. This meeting is mandatory if you want to continue gardening in 2009.

The January meeting will begin with the election of new officers. We will be distributing new plots (there seem to be about four) and collecting contracts and dues from gardeners.

All gardeners must come with their signed contract, a $35 check made out to The Crenshaw Community Garden and $5 cash for new keys.

The 2009 contract includes info on our new policies on structures (no structure may be taller than 4 feet.) and meeting attendance (all gardeners must attend at least 6 meetings in a calendar year.)

Thank you all and I look forward to seeing you then!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Meeting Today~

I hope you will all attend the last meeting of 2008, today at 10am.

See you there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Garden Photos

Some pictures from November in the garden...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Gathering of Community Gardens

Gathering of Community Gardens at the North Hollywood High School garden, Saturday, October 25, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

All participants should be affiliated with a community garden. The objective for this event is to build stronger relationships among gardeners.

The picnic is FREE, kid-friendly, with opportunities for you to mingle and talk shop with other gardeners; fun, informative and casual, a county wide picnic of gardeners from all over L.A.

It will also be a "low waste" event, so you are asked to bring your own plate, utensils and tote-bag to carry away waste. The gathering will be limited to 200 persons, so you must register at LACGC's web site: You must also register each person coming with you. Please email Rachael (freshrachael at gmail dot com) for the registration password.

Directions to North Hollywood High School Community Garden are posted on the web site.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Meeting Recap

We are sorry to have missed you at the Crenshaw Community Garden monthly meeting.

At the October meeting we discussed general clean-up. Please come to the next meeting prepared for a work day. We will be clearing out the back-fence area.

It was also decided that come January, all structures over 4 feet tall that shade other plots, are unsafe or are obstructing gardens will have to be re-built.

It was decided unanimously that come January all gardeners will be required to attend a minimum of six meetings annually. If you are unable to attend due to work commitments, you are excused. Otherwise, in July of 2009 if a gardener has not attended three meetings they will be notified and will lose gardening privileges in 2010.

Thank you to everyone who did attend (9 of 32 gardeners). We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Meeting Today~

The Crenshaw Community Garden monthly meeting takes place today at 10 am in the garden. All gardeners should attend.

Thanks and see you there!

Monday, October 6, 2008

2nd Annual Gathering of Community Gardens

On Oct 25, 2008 the LA Community Garden Council is hosting the "2nd Annual Gathering of Community Gardens", a county wide picnic of gardeners from all over LA, and I hope that you can attend.

This is a "low waste" event, so you are asked to bring your own plate, utensils and a "brown" bag to carry away the waste.

Our objective for this event is to build relationship amoung gardeners. So the picnic is FREE, kids friendly and we will have lots of opportunities for you to mingle and talk shop with other gardeners.

Due to limited space you must register at You must also register each person coming with you. Your code word for registration is "Solano".

Friday, October 3, 2008

Garden Swap

Cultivating Sustainable Communities (CSC) is launching its newest project. GardenSwap is an opportunity to pair up urban gardeners with their neighbors who have yard space in order to grow and share in the profits of urban food gardens.

Urban gardens are not only fun; they support low-carbon food production, create economic development, inspire healthful eating, build community, create opporunities for education, address watershed health concerns, create productive green open space, and beautify communities.

CSC is currently taking requests for participation in this program. If you'd like to participate either as a gardener or a land owner who is willing to share yard space (and some garden profits!) with a neighbor (we'll help you find a neighbor), please contact me at

Please forward this info to Los Angeles residents who may be interested in participating.

Gabriela Worrel, Executive Director
Cultivating Sustainable Communities
117 Bimini Pl. #110 Los Angeles, Ca 90004
(310) 452-5356

Friday, September 26, 2008

Late September in the Garden

This corn was planted 6 weeks ago!

September is good in the garden...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Meeting Recap


We are sorry to have missed you at our September meeting.

We hope to see you at our next meeting. The meeting is always on the second Saturday of the month. Please make a note of it as we would love to see you and hear from you!

At our last meeting, after much discussion, it was decided by unanimous vote that after four written warnings about her plot, one of our gardeners has lost her garden privileges.

She has been asked to return her keys as soon as possible. We are not certain she will comply, and if not, the lock will be changed and new keys will be issued. We hope it does not come to this, as this is a major expense.


The city of Los Angeles is currently enforcing water regulations and you are notified that you are NOT permitted to water your plot between the hours of nine in the morning and four at night. There is a penalty for each infraction and we would hate to see any of our gardeners ticketed.

Please water wisely.

And please review your copy of the garden rules. We do not want to have to take any more plots away.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on October 11th at 10 am.

Rachael N.
Crenshaw Community Garden Manager


우리는 9월 우리의 회의에서 당신을 놓치게 유감스럽다.

우리는 우리의 다음 회의에서 당신을 보는 것을 희망한다. 회의는 달의 두번째 토요일에 항상 이다.

빨리 김은 그녀의 정원 privledges를 잃었다 우리의 마지막 회의에서, 다량 면담이 만장일치 투표에 의해 그것 결정된 후에. 김 Ms는 그녀의 열쇠를 가능한 빨리 돌려보내도록 요청받았다. 확신은 확신하지 않 그녀 따를 것이다, 만약에 아닙니다, 자물쇠는 바꾸어지고 새로운 열쇠는 발행될 것이다. 우리는 이것이 중요한 경비이다 것과 같이 그것이 이것에 오지 않는다는 것을 희망한다.


나성시는 지금 물 규칙을 실시하고 있다 그리고 아침에 9의 시간과 밤에 5 사이 당신의 작의를 급수하는 것이 당신이 허용되지 않는다는 것을 당신은 통지된다. 첫번째 위반을 위한 $200 형벌이 있고 우리는 표를 산 우리의 정원사의 무엇이든을 보는 것을 미워할 것입니다.

현명하게 급수하십시오.

그리고 정원 규칙의 당신의 사본을 검토하십시오. 우리는 더 이상 작의를 옮겨야 하고 싶지 않다.

우리는 10 AM를 10월 11일에 우리의 다음 회의에서 당신을 보기 기대할 것이다.

Rachael N.
Crenshaw 공동체 정원 매니저

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Day of Service

The South Los Angeles Day of Service (a day of community service) will be taking place on September 20th from noon to two pm. Please join volunteers at 8am at Crenshaw High School as we build a garden!

Visit for more info and we look forward to seeing you there!


Monday, August 18, 2008

Watering Restrictions

Gardeners, please be advised that the new watering regulations also apply to our garden:

Residents are prohibited from watering their lawns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and watering is limited to 15 minutes a day.

Residents are also prohibited from using a hose to wash off paved surfaces and must use a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle when washing their cars.

Residential DWP customers who violate the rules will be fined $100, which is double the old fine of $50 for a first-time offense. The fine for businesses that violate the rules quadrupled to $200.

Repeat residential offenders can be fined up to $300 and commercial customers up to $600.

Monday, August 11, 2008

August Meeting Review

We are sorry we missed you at the August meeting of the Crenshaw Community Garden.

Here is a review of the topics discussed:

Crenshaw Community Garden
Monthly Meeting August 9, 2008

We distributed two plots - 12 1/2 went to Mohummad Houssan and 21 will now be occupied by Myeong Kim Soon.

The attendees of the meeting cleared the northern fence area which had become overgrown. Thank you to everyone for your help with this.

Ari Moon has been contacted regarding her neglected plot.

Soon Kim has agreed to clean up her plot within thirty days. Please assist her in any way you can.

Mr. Kim has agreed to remove the second bee hive that he placed in the garden. The current hive is thriving, but please always exercise caution when working in the area around the hive.

Pepperdine University will work on cleaning up the median area when they come out for their volunteer day.

As always, please turn off the water when you leave the garden, pick up any trash you may see and respect our space.

Thank you so much.

See you at the September meeting.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

August Meeting

The August meeting of the Crenshaw Community Garden is today, August 9th at 10 am. All gardeners should try to attend.

See you there!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Our next meeting is on August 9th at 10am.

We will be giving out one plot. If you are interested, please make sure to attend.

We will also be discussing Pepperdine University's volunteer outreach offer and will decide what we would like to ask them to help with. Please come ready with suggestions.

ALSO: There is a second bee hive set up behind the compost pile. If this is your hive, it needs to be removed. We hardly have room enough for the first hive and cannot support a second colony. Thank you!

See you all at the next meeting!


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

July Meeting Notes

We were sorry to have missed you at the July meeting of the Crenshaw Community Garden. Please make sure to attend our next meeting on Saturday August 9, 2008 at 10 am.

From the meeting:

We have a website. If you would like to add anything to it please let me know!

Plot number 29 was assigned to new gardener. Please welcome him. This leaves one plot open (number 28) and our waiting list at four active people.

Gardeners may not have more than one plot. This is against garden rules and anyone who is using more than one plot must finish using their second (and third) plot by September 1st. If you know of any other gardeners using two plots please bring it up at the next meeting.

Please be courteous to other gardeners and make sure your plot and borders are clean. For those of you concerned a note is going to Soon Kim regarding this.

Pepperdine University would like to come to the garden for their annual community service day. We will discuss what they can do to help at our next meeting.

Please make sure your plants are not so tall that they start heavily shading other plots. This is also against garden rules.

Any gardener wishing to plant flowers is welcome to do so along the back fence where the fruit trees are or on the sidewalk median in the front.

Please pick up any trash you see when you are in the garden, and please pick up after yourselves!

Enjoy your gardens and we will see you all on Saturday August 9th at 10 am.

Thank you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Next meeting July 12th, 2008

Our next meeting will be on July 12th at 10am in the garden. If you are interested in joining the garden, please stop by!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

CSU Announcement

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Mark Your Calendar: Next meeting June 14th, 2008

Our next garden meeting will be on the usual day and time...that is the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

All gardeners should attend.

If you are interested in joining our garden, we also encourage you to come by.

During the last meeting we discussed the compost pile and all agreed it needs to be kept a bit neater. In an effort to do that, all gardeners should make sure to chop up their debris before adding it (large material takes a long, long time to break down!) and place it in the bins.

At the next meeting we will be working on the compost pile and doing a general clean up of the walk ways.

Can't wait to see you all then!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sustainable Gardening Event

Sustainable Gardening

Author Amy Stewart will talk about Becoming More Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly, on Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to noon, at Van de Camp Hall, Descanso Botanic Garden, 1418 Descanso Drive, in La Canada. Amy will discusses sustainability in horticulture -- from garden clubs, conservation societies, and civic beautification groups through the global industry -- and how individuals, businesses, and organizations can adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Registration is $12 for adult nonmembers and $10 for adult members. For more information, call (818) 949-7980; or go to:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Welcome Soon!

Soon L. has joined the garden! She has already cleared plot number 15, and that was no easy task! Welcome Soon, we all look forward to getting to know you.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Plots Available!

The Crenshaw Community Garden has three available plots! If you are interested, please contact Rachael N. at or come to our next meeting!

Welcome Olivia!

Oliva H. has joined the Crenshaw Community garden in plot number eleven.

Olivia is hard at work cleaning out this neglected plot and plans on growing tomatoes, herbs and lots of flowers to help with our honey bee population.

Our newest gardener works in architecture and is an alumni of USC. She lives in the area and rides her bike to the garden! Welcome Oliva, let us know if you need any help!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

2008 Garden Officers

The 2008 Garden Officers names and contact info are listed on the board at the garden. The garden manager is Rachael N. and she can be reached at

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Welcome to the Crenshaw Community Garden blog! We hope you will get some good information here and come out to join us in our lovely oasis in the city.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Garden Rules

Here are the garden rules.

1. After assignment of a garden plot, the gardener will have the plot under cultivation within two weeks. Plots shall be fully planted and cultivated year round. Crops must be kept within the boundries of the plot. No trees or plants that shade other plots are permitted. No invasive plants are allowed, such as chaote, cane berries, morning glory or sugar cane. Gardeners shall keep their plots and surrounding paths neat and clean of weeds. No permanant structures, such as fences shall be contructed.

2. Gardeners shall be responsible for attending monthly meetings; and, regularly scheduled clean up days for general maintenance of common areas. Garden tools shall be cleaned after use and returned to the tool shed.

3. Gardeners shall practice water conservation.

4. Gardeners may not enter another gardeners plot without permission for any purpose, including to water, weed or harvest crops.

5. Gardeners shall practice organic methods whenever possible.

6. The Assigned gardener may not transfer their plot to another person. The keys are non-transferable and must be returned to the Garden Director at the end of the gardener's tenure. Please keep the gate locked at all times.

7. Children must be under supervision of an adult at all times.

8. No pets may be brought in to the garden.

9. Assignment by Garden Director of a single plot per household to new gardeners is make available as plots become available, typically at the beginning of the calendar year. Garden director accepts a simple majority for this purpose.

10. Recycling is encouraged. Compost bins are for plant materials (no weeds.) Green barrels are for weeds and green waste only. Other material and bags are to be deposited in the black bins.

11. A Garden fee of $30 is due annually and is non-refundable after 30 days.

12. Membership may be revoked for repeated violations of the Garden Rules. Early termination of the Agreement may occur after two warnings by the Garden Director.