ALMA BACKYARD FARMS

ALMA BACKYARD FARMS

“Re-claim lives. Re-purpose land. Re-imagine community.” That’s the motto of Alma Backyard Farms, an East L.A. non-profit that teaches recently-released prisoners to grow, harvest and market local produce. Erika Cuellar, 29, and Richard Garcia, 35 are the heart of the project Erika grew up in South L.A. Richard was raised in the Hollywood area in […]

A PAINSTAKING APPROACH TO LIFE: PAINTER STEPHEN TAYLOR AND HIS OAK TREE

STEPHEN TAYLOR'S OAKS

I learned of British painter Stephen Taylor from a book called “The Pleasures and the Sorrows of Work” by Alain de Botton. Taylor, wrote de Botton of the period in question, “has spent much of the last two years in a wheat field in East Anglia repeatedly painting the same oak tree under a range […]

VISTA HERMOSA URBAN PARK

VISTA HERMOSA PARK

I’ve been staying in Angelino Heights for a bit, just west of downtown. As you may know, Angelino Heights is known for its well-preserved Victorian homes, concentrated on Carroll Avenue and Kellam Street. I’ve been in a courtyard complex of more recent, though pleasingly shabby, vintage. I love exploring a new neighborhood on foot. Mass […]