Vertically Farming with Homegirls and Homeboys

Jul 07, 2010

Below the sweeping arch of an elevated train line, a bright, sun drenched wall in downtown Los Angeles isn’t the first place you would imagine finding lively tomatillos, peppers, strawberries and delicious sage thriving and growing. That just makes it all the more Woolly that we recently planted a vertical farm here with some amazing green thumbs!

Meg Glasser of Urban Farming & Meredith Hackleman of Metabolic Studio teamed up with us to give the Homegirl Cafe a new source of fresh veggies, fruits and herbs! Agromin threw in the soil and Rainbird supplied the drip irrigation system! Now that’s teamwork!

Father Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, kicked off the festivities with some inspirational words of wisdom.

The Woolly Pocket Vertical Farm is the fourth Urban Farming Food Chain location in Los Angeles. Urban Farming’s mission is to end hunger by planting gardens on unused land and spaces while greening the environment, educating people and uplifting communities. It seems we’re accomplishing these goals and more with this newest installation!

The Homegirl Cafe will harvest and use the edible goodies from this vertical farm in their cafe, serving hungry Angelenos while giving at-risk and former gang youths an opportunity to become positive and contributing members of society. I love how this solar powered cycle of life works so beautifully! Grow On Lovely Woollies!

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