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June 30, 1990 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, Julie Bawden Davis is a regular contributor to Home Design
Sharon Whatley likes to know what her family is eating. And it's not always easy to find out. "There is no way to tell what is sprayed on vegetables and fruit before they get to the supermarket, and I wanted to have control over that," said the Tustin resident. She started a garden in her back yard six years ago to ensure that her family ate only naturally grown, chemical-free produce. Then the bugs invaded her pure environment.
April 21, 1990 | TEDDY COLBERT, Colbert is a free-lance writer in Los Angeles
After a year of high hopes and planning, the children in Barnsdall Junior Art Center classes have planted a new hilltop Urban Garden in time for an Earth Day Festival dedication at noon Sunday. But it is the children, not so much the plants, who are rising to the occasion since NASA space-exposed seeds planned for their "tomato testing" garden were bypassed due to possible toxicity of the resulting fruit.
September 25, 1990 | HARRY ANDERSON
Just like many of us, a lot of the lush flowers and plants in California are immigrants too. And just like many of us, they often do better here than they did in their native lands. Which brings us to the drought and how it's affecting the multibillion-dollar California lawn and garden business. Californians spent $4.2 billion last year on gardening and landscaping, and that represents 26% of the national total, according to the California Assn. of Nurserymen.
February 14, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
The regional water district is offering free classes in Garden Grove on Feb. 22 to teach landscape workers and gardeners about water conservation techniques. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is sponsoring the three-hour courses, which will be offered in English and Spanish. The classes will be led by staff from the Irrigation Technology Research Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The classes will include a one-hour discussion of the relationships of soil, plants and water.
November 25, 1987 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
Nell Wilkerson shook her head in disbelief a few weeks ago when she saw workers blocking out neat rows of redwood-framed vegetable plots in the middle of the sprawling Nickerson Gardens public housing project. "What fool is going to be out here trying to grow greens in this park?" said Wilkerson, 44, who has lived eight years in the South Los Angeles subsidized apartment complex notorious for its high crime rate.
February 4, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO
Pumpkins, cucumbers and daisies will soon be part of the setting at Plainview Elementary School when students and teachers till a hardened, weed-filled plot of land on campus into rich garden soil. The school plans to grow a multipurpose garden that will teach students lessons in cultivation and community awareness. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be Wednesday.
This classic combination of tomatoes with cream and herbed bread crumbs is a quick accompaniment to steaks, lamb chops, roast chicken or fish. The tomatoes should be fork tender and the crumbs nicely browned when the dish is taken from the oven. Lecso (pronounced LETCH-o) is a savory stew or sauce of tomatoes and Hungarian peppers. Traditionally, it's flavored with smoked bacon, but this low-fat vegetarian version gets its smokiness from mesquite cooking spray.
May 8, 1996
Gardening requires more than simply sprinkling seeds onto soil--science, math and other academic skills are involved. This is the lesson that students in Santa Monica public schools are taught as part of a city-sponsored gardening program run by a nonprofit group called Gardening Angels. City officials are spending more than $50,000 to create gardens and irrigate them in the city's 12 public schools. All the gardens should be completed by this time next year, officials said.
The 10th Street Elementary School near downtown Los Angeles is surrounded by a neighborhood where drugs spread like weeds. But at the corner of 11th Street and Union Avenue is a fenced-in strip of land where third-graders learn there's more to their turf than drug trafficking and graffiti. The children in this oasis find a sense of security and someone to watch over them, like guardian angels. Actually, gardening angels.
November 6, 1998
To help educate children about the importance of nutrition while helping them learn about gardening, the California Department of Education has given Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education Grants to 20 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each school received a $1,000 grant from the department's Nutrition Education and Training Program, said Erick Mata, coordinator of the school district's grants assistance unit.
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