Farming Takes Hold in Undeveloped Areas of Los Angeles
For years, farming on empty land was a big issue in one of America's biggest cities -- Los Angeles, California.
The city government refused to permit planting of crops in vacant, undeveloped areas.
But Los Angeles residents pressured local leaders to let them grow food in open spaces, including strips of land between the street and sidewalks.
Two years ago, city officials gave residents permission to plant crops in such spaces.
Ron Finley is now growing food on a small piece of land near his home. He spends most of his mornings there.
"This is a food forest. There's fruit trees, there's also weeds that are edible in here. I want to educate people to the fact that there's food all around you."
The Los Angeles man often speaks to groups. He urges them to start community gardens much like his.
Finley has been growing crops in the city for many years -- even before the government gave its permission. Until recently, he had been told by city officials not to do so. He had even been ordered to go to court.
Tomatoes, edible flowers, fruits and vegetables are not often seen in the inner city. It is easier to buy unhealthy food and alcoholic drinks.
Tamiko Nakamoto helps 22 people grow crops in their community garden in South Los Angeles. He says they are growing both fruits and vegetables.
"Collard greens, sugar cane, banana, tomato trees, cabbage."
This month, the Los Angeles city council agreed to lower property taxes for people who let their vacant land be used as community gardens.
Finley says urban gardening is good for everyone. Because of the gardens, more families in the city are eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
"And it's making you healthy all over, not just your body, your mind-set, everything because looking at this, smelling this affects every sense in your body."
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1.Until recently 直到最近
He had not, until recently, stooped to personal abuse.
2.fruit tree 果树
The fruit tree fruits in late summer.
3.all over 到处，遍及
We noticed tiny bugs that were all over the walls.
4.property taxes 财产税
Property taxes and rent are indirect costs for almost all businesses.
1.He had even been ordered to go to court.
go to court 起诉
If you need someone to go to court, I'll be glad to help.
You want to know why we go to court it?
2.Finley says urban gardening is good for everyone.
be good for 对...有益
Is single-sex education good for girls?
Most large cities are good for business and high life, but not for families on holiday.
罗恩·芬利（Ron Finley）在他家附近的一小块空地上种植食物 。大多数早晨，他都在那里劳作 。
他说：“这是一所食物园林，园里有果树、还有一些食用类野菜 。我想让人们明白，身边从来不缺乏食材 。”
这位洛杉矶人经常与多个组织谈话 。他呼吁大家也开垦社区花园 。
多年来，芬利一直在洛杉矶种植农作物，甚至还违反过市政府种植禁令 。直到最近，他才被市政府官员勒令停工，甚至还被告上法庭 。
西红柿、可食用性花卉、水果和蔬菜在市中心并不多见 。民众购买不健康的食品和含酒精饮料更为便利 。
Tamiko Nakamoto在南洛杉矶帮助22人在社区菜园中种植农作物 。他表示，他们种植的是水果和蔬菜 。
芬利表示，城市菜园利己利人 。多亏这些菜园，越来越多的市民才能够享用到新鲜蔬果 。