[slideshow] Wow. Karen Ramirez, a graduate of Jefferson High and early member of RootDown's programs, has come a long way since (as she put it) she got a little bored chopping veggies with us three years ago. Since then, she's become a strong local foods advocate, a trained Permaculturist, and an employee with RootDown. Just recently, she even identified a need for, and designed her own position as RootDown LA's Garden Manager.
Since then, she led the effort to launch our second compost collection program at Nuevo South, and just last week, worked with our Service Learning students to install another residential garden near our Jefferson High location. Thanks to our new NIFA/Community Food Project grant, we are getting more traction as we hone our model for creating youth driven local food sites.