SILVER LAKE — Tara Kolla waged a successful campaign to change city laws to allow her and other urban farmers to sell home-grown flowers, vegetables, fruits and other edibles at stores, farmers’ markets and other locations off of their property. But now, several years after the Food and Flowers Freedom Act became city law, Kolla’s nearly 1/2 acre property where she began Silver Lake Farms is up for sale at $1.825 million, according to Redfin.
The Shadowlawn Avenue property on the north side of Silver Lake includes a 1935 Spanish-Colonial home surrounded by “water-wise planted land; gastronomic collection of vegetables, citrus trees, culinary herbs, succulents, flowerbeds, fragrant gardens and a fruit orchard,” according to the listing. A sale was pending only about a week after the property went up for sale earlier this month.
It’s not clear why Kolla, who purchased the property in 2001 for $490,000, is selling. The Eastsider contacted Silver Lake Farms for more information.
While Kolla began her business in Silver Lake, most of her flowers were being grown on a 7,000-square-foot site in Glassell Park, according to a 2012 L.A. Times story.
Update: Kolla said Silver Lake Farms will close on May 9. She and her husband, decided to sell their Silver Lake property after deciding to turn an old water mill in the Vendee area of Western France into a four-bedroom bed and breakfast. She provided more details about her business:
Silver Lake Farms, which started with sweet peas in 2003, is going to close on May 9, the day after Mother’s Day. During its time, Silver Lake Farms operated a multi-farm CSA, an edible gardens design/install/maintenance service business, and an organic cut flower farm. Here’s where the 3 pieces of the business are now at: Our CSA was merged with FarmBox LA in January 2015; the edible gardens business is being handed over to Juliah Thrift of Juliah Thrift Gardens (Juliah has been my assistant for 2 years); and I am currently in talks with urban farmer Courtney Guerra about taking over the growing ground in Glassell Park, with the blessing of landowner, Laura Gabbert.
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