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The story starts in Watts — ten miles South from the Los Angeles Coliseum — seven years before festival took place.
34 people died during the Watts Riots. Thousands more injured. $40 million in damage. But injuries weren’t just physical: images of the riots travelled far and wide and gave Watts and its nearby areas a reputation some say it still hasn’t lived down.
At the time, Al Bell worked for Stax Records, the Memphis based soul label. He’d eventually become president.
“The idea came from Forrest Hamilton who ran the West Coast office for Stax. To come here and put on a small concert to help draw attention to, and to raise funds for the Watts Summer Festival,” said Bell. “To create, motivate, and instill a sense of pride in the citizens of the Watts community.” [Read more...]
It’s no secret that the essence of Broccoli City derives from the energy of youth. So when we began to build out an idea that became known as the Smile Project – a premier, family friendly street carnival–it was a foregone conclusion that we’d enlist the partnership of some of DC’s remarkable young students. Enter the sustainability patrols: a program employed by the District Department of Environment, consisting of DC Public School students who are selected each year to ensure the sustainability of their schools. Now, I’ve been introduced to some super dope educational concepts over the years, but this program takes it to another level! Considering I was a safety patrol in my day; an honor I held at the highest regard, this new version of what that position entails reflects the times in which we now live adequately. [Read more...]
When: Saturday, September 21st at 9am-Noon
Where: Surfas in Culver City (8777 W Washington Blvd)
What: A chance for urban farmers, backyard growers and community gardeners throughout Los Angeles to showcase the best produce from their summer gardens!
Participants can submit produce in one of three categories:
Tastiest tomato: a chance to share your favorite tomato varietals with your friends and neighbors.
Edible Oddity: anything from oversize pumpkins to unusual crop varieties are fair game.
Best-in-show: A subjective evaluation by the judges of the most “impressive” vegetable submission.
A panel of three urban farming experts – Kevin West, author of Saving the Season; Brandon McEachern of Broccoli City; and Renee Gunther of Daily Organics – will then select the winners for each category and award prizes.
Following the state fair portion of the event, Kevin West will conduct a cooking demonstration, where he will prepare a homemade tomato sauce using tomatoes from the event.
To reserve your spot in the state fair competition, please send an email to StateFair@farmscapegardens.com with your name and the category(s) in which you would like to submit produce. Participation will be limited to the first 25 submissions in each category. Walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome, although we cannot guarantee space (capacity is 85 people).
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To know how fun and awesome the #BCFEST was, it is key that you take a look at the people. Check out BCfestival.tumblr.com…filled with pics from Instagram, and photographers Wesley Ellis and Courtney Jefferson.
Check the official Broccoli City Festival, DC recap video. The great visuals courtesy to Jon the Genius.
#BCFest brought 5,000 people from diverse backgrounds out to celebrate Earthday and living a healthy life. Thanks to all that came out, great vibes!
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Join Broccoli City, Green Scheme, Dreaming Out Loud, Earthday Network, Sierra Club, Fit Fathers, Sweat Everyday, and members of the community for an “Earthday of Action” on Saturday, April 20th from 9am-1pm at 400 50th st NE DC 20019,
We will be in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of NE DC, which is ward 7, a severe food dessert and communities throughout DC working with volunteers on service projects centered around “greening” our communities and living healthier lives.
In Lincoln Heights we will be volunteering in a recently formed community farm/garden to:
Help distribute soil
Water the trees
trash pick up “Clean teams
Beautification (painting pots, and water collectors, etc)
We will also be doing a group workout in the morning including stretching, some exercises, and games to get the body active
Our friends over at Wintercircle Productions did it again, the BUKU music project was a huge success this past weekend. Check out some recap pics via Buku’s Facebook page.
A great event in DC last week, the snow did not stop us. A couple of pics [Read more...]