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Thanks To This Produce-Subscription Program, South LA Residents Can Feed Their Families

This man is transforming front lawns into sustainable farms for families. Jamiah Hargins is using his expertise to turn South Los Angeles lawns into planted kale, rainbow chard, tomatoes, and enough produce to feed 50 families within the neighborhood each week, Fast Company reports. “My company partners with homeowners who have a front yard and want to do something positive,” said Hargins, founder of Crop Swap LA. Crop Swap LA is the startup that installs and manages micro-farms or community gardens. All neighbors have to do is pay a monthly subscription fee to receive the local goods and they’ll receive both a share of the produce and a cut of the proceeds. “We maintain it, but they get part of the income every month,” Hargins told Fast Company. After starting a vegetable garden of his own at home a few years ago and realizing that he’d grown more than his wife could eat, Hargins leaned on Nextdoor to set up produce swaps with neighbors. He then began to think about how to create...

May 27, 2021