Gateway to the Garden: Community Services Unlimited, Inc. is Featured in Short Documentary

Nina, an intern with Community Services Unlimited, stands in front of the mini-urban farm at Normandie Elementary (photo: sahra).

Community Services Unlimited, Inc. (CSU), a great organization that I’ve profiled here, is featured in a short documentary by USC students Mindy Guilford and Adam Joe. The piece explores the Garden Gateway program, CSU’s interactive workshops designed to empower South L.A. residents with the tools and know-how to grow their own healthy food. The monthly workshops often feature cooking segments as well, to give gardeners ideas about how to use the produce they grow. The program is currently on hiatus for the summer, but will pick up again in the fall.

CSU is also in the process of moving to a new site at Mercado la Paloma, from which they will be able to offer area residents more regular access to organic fresh produce and a new line of baked goods. You’ll be hearing more about CSU here in the next week or two, as I talk to them about the role non-profits can play in helping corner markets and convenience stores offer patrons healthier options.

The Garden Gateway Project from Adam Joe on Vimeo.


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