This past Saturday, community members and grass roots organizations celebrated Good Food Day L.A., a city-wide initiative organized by the L.A. Food Policy Council and the office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. It was a day filled with food-related events throughout the city, all promoting healthy and sustainable values in the way we consume our food.
KCET Departures held a StoryShare event at two locations: Block Party at Glassell Park Community Garden, and Good Food Day L.A. Festival at Metabolic Studios near L.A. State Historic Park. We interviewed over 25 people, from community members to leaders in national food policy, who shared their stories and thoughts about what "good food" means to them.
If you were unable to make it to our StoryShare events, don't worry - there's another way for you to share. Go to our Good Food L.A. Media Share page, and follow the simple directions to upload video, photos, or stories that you are hungry to share.
We are currently compiling the stories and interviews into an easily digestible format, with which our users can learn a bit more about where our city stands when it comes to understanding good food.
Until then, take in the aroma of Good Food Day L.A. by browsing through photos of how the events unfolded.
Glassell Park Block Party
Held at the formerly gang-ridden intersection of Drew Street and Estara Avenue, the block party, organized by Urban Semillas director Miguel Luna, brought together many different faces from the community. Some casually walked into the festivities while on a chilly Saturday morning walk, and stayed to enjoy the healthy vegetarian pozole samples and free gardening workshops. The centerpiece of the party was the Community Garden, built symbolically on the former grounds of a notorious drug house. The site is now a place of gathering and growth for the community, looking towards a safe and healthy future for the neighborhood.
Good Food Day L.A. Festival at Metabolic Studios
Located near the north end of L.A. State Historic Park, Metabolic Studios served as an industrial yet organic site for the festivities. Grass roots organization setting up booths right below the Spring St. bridge, and culinary and political heavyweights participated in an informative food policy panel, as well as acting as judges for the curious cabbage cooking contest.
Photos by Yosuke Kitazawa and Daniel Medina.