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World Food Day 2014

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Aquaponics Lettuce

When lettuces are grown aquaponically, in a deep-water grow trough, on a "floating raft", utilizing recirculated nutrient rich water created by filtering out particles of fish waste, this is very much what you get. Clean, nutrient dense, fresh, organic, local, sustainable foods.





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Why Spirulina?

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Biofuel from Wine Grapes

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Westchester Historically


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.



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Fifth Graders Teach Oakland School District to Buy Local Food



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“Imagine what we could do for the climate if instead of blanketing 30 percent of the nation's farmland with a single industrial crop (corn), the U.S. were to create a thriving network of rural farms and urban gardens. To tip the climate scale in our favor we need the energetic, good food movement to care as much about politics as peaches. By flexing its growing political muscle, the movement can support legislation that promotes research and training in sustainable agricultural practices. These practices mitigate climate change and put good food on our tables. Legions of young people who understand the climate change imperative are turning to agriculture. As a country we must make it as easy as possible for them to pursue careers in sustainable farming, and support them with forward-looking agriculture policies that are grounded in the climate reality of 2013.” - Diana Donlon, Director of the Cool Foods Campaign at the Center for Food Safety in San Francisco.







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