By C.J. SALGADO
EAST LOS ANGELES — Another community garden has begun to take shape near the corner of Mednik and Cesar Chavez avenues on the grounds of Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles.
The Belvedere Community Garden, which is located adjacent to the Kipp Sol Academy middle school, is expected to be completed by mid June.
The garden is a project of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, a non-profit organization that works with at-risk young adults. The Belvedere garden is a few blocks from where the conservation corps helped start the first community garden in East L.A.
Crews are busily constructing about 35-40 family plots with raised garden beds, most of which have already been assigned to local families to raise fresh vegetables and fruits and be responsible for their maintenance. According to the L.A. Conservation Corp, only 18% of grocery stores sell fresh fruits and vegetables of good quality in East. L.A.
Plumbing lines, benches, tables, and other support structures are being installed as is a new green, wrought-iron fence. Will that 6-foot fencing be adequate to keep out stray soccer balls and baseballs from regular park games in the sports field immediately next to it? We will find out after the first gardens take root.
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