Koreatown, where KIWA is based, is a very diverse neighborhood with many low-income residents that is also one of the most park poor urban neighborhoods in the nation. The working poverty rate in Koreatown is 17 percent, which is nearly triple that of LA County as a whole. With close to 50,000 people per square mile, there is not nearly enough green or open space to serve the community. As a result, children have no place to play nor do the elderly have access to healthy green environments to rest or walk. We do not believe this is an accident, we believe that low-income communities suffer disproportionate environmental impact from pollution and a lack of access to green space, which is why we believe this project is so important for our community.
KTown Farms seeks to address these conditions by creating green space and organic gardens throughout Koreatown. The project brings together KIWA’s members and broader community residents to design and create small sites for food production and recreation. Food grown on each site is shared with community members at and beyond the site—the process of creation and benefits of the gardens are thus collective. By increasing public access to green space, our project improves the health, sustainability, and community networks in Koreatown.Our goal is to create a “green corridor” that not only increases green space, but facilitates food sovereignty, and social ties across age, racial, ethnic, national, and linguistic lines among residents in Koreatown.
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