Agriculture is not new in Westchester. During the early 20th century, the area was known for its wide variety of food crops and dry, farming-friendly climate. The area's focus began changing after LAX Airport was built and aerospace moved into close-by communities along with oil giants Chevron and Standard Oil.
This market existed at 6259 87th Street in Westchester. The sign proclaims fresh produce daily.
When Loyola moved there in 1928, later to be joined by Marymount, Westchester attracted teachers and students wanting to live nearby. Later, Otis College of Art and Design and a graduate school of Pepperdine University moved in and, by midway through the second half of the century, Westchester's economy had become largely financial and real estate-based.
WESM's Aquaponics project takes over the yard once used as a nursery that supplied decorative plants for landscaping all other LAUSD campuses. In more recent years, the nursery facilities were adopted by Friends of the Ballona Wetlands. Suzanne Sass created a garden of raised beds toward the end of the century that occupies the west corner of the yard. Our Aquaponics Greenhouse of 2012-13 is built next to Sue Sass' garden.