Boyle Heights gardeners connect with their roots on the Mott Street farm

Ana Holton says that gardening helps her reconnect with her roots | Boyle Heights

Ana Holton says that gardening helps her reconnect with her roots | Boyle Heights


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — The sound of bustling traffic on nearby Interstate 5 seems hard to ignore, but Luna Espinoza says tending to the Boyle Heights garden a few times a week is relaxing. “I found my little piece of heaven in this garden.” says the 18-year-old gardening enthusiast.

This little hidden green space–called the Mott Street Urban Farm–is located on a lot on the corner of Fickett and 7th streets.

The farm is part of a trend in community gardening that can be seen in urban areas across the nation. Urban agriculture is a way for people to take control of what they grow and eat, as well as their overall health. According to the National Gardening Association, gardening in urban areas increased 29 percent from 2008 to 2013.

Not all Boyle Heights residents have access to a green space of their own, and community and school gardens allow people of all ages and income levels to become involved in this national movement.

Find out more about the Mott Street Urban Farm at Boyle Heights Beat.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”

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