Rachel Surls - County Director at UC Cooperative Extension | KCET
Rachel Surls - County Director at UC Cooperative Extension
County Director at UC Cooperative Extension, Rachel Surls is fascinated by the complexities and contradictions of Los Angeles' agricultural and planning history. According to Surls, the fact that Richland Farms has been able to retain its agricultural roots amidst Compton's vast industrial development shows a deep degree of attachment to the land and the need to provide green open spaces in working-class areas such as Compton. Surls hopes that her studies and proposals can help reintegrate the practice of urban agriculture in communities such as Richland Farms and provide working "pilot" models for other communities across the county and through the state.
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