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Cyndi Hubach on Watching Her Community Garden Grow

Cyndi Hubach, Community Garden

Cyndi Hubach’s thriving dahlias

By Cyndi Hubach (@cyndi_hubach)/October 3, 2013

We’ve really turned a corner since you came out to profile us the first time at the Elysian Valley Community Garden in Los Angeles. We’ve got 30 raised beds in now, serving about 45 people. We also added some common areas where we grew loads of zucchini, spaghetti squash, pumpkins, watermelons, and sweet tender corn.

Cyndy Hubach Community Garden Update

Plus, we’ve got loads of fruit trees and berries. We’re getting our first raspberries of the season, and they’re sweet and delicious. We had a grand opening/spring celebration in March of this year which included an Easter Egg hunt, a little petting zoo, speeches by local dignitaries, the unveiling of an amazing sign by one of our local artists (former NBC correspondent Bill Lagattuta), and great food.

Cyndy Hubach Community Garden Update

I enrolled in the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and am now our resident Master Gardener, so am more of a help with some of our neophytes (though we have several gardeners who continue to teach me a thing or two, every time I see them).

Cyndy Hubach Community Garden

We’re giving free yoga classes once a month, which are really beginning to catch on. We took part in the 8th Annual Frogtown Art Walk by hosting great art, music and food… and further establishing the garden as a vital community resource.  A group of us built a small stage for bands to play here that doubles as our “Official Club House” that can be used for picnics, barbecues and fundraisers.

Cyndy Hubach Community Garden

Soon we are hosting a pop-up restaurant called “The Common Loon” and plan to have more food events in the coming year. Truly, the possibilities are endless!

Photos provided by Cyndi Hubach

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Interview: Cyndi Hubach On Helping Community Gardens Take Root

Cyndi Hubach's Garden/Photo: Stacey Gualandi

By Stacey Gualandi/September 16, 2012
Photos: Cyndi Hubach and Stacey Gualandi

Twitter: @ElysianVlyGrdn

A movement for change first starts with an idea, a seed, if you will.  Once it takes root, you can watch it grow into something tangible for others to follow.

“It’s very much about applying what you learn and making a difference in the world.” Cyndi Hubach

Well, that is literally what Los Angeles-based television writer/producer Cyndi Hubach did in 2010 when she planted her first seed in the Elysian Valley Community Garden.  With little experience, but plenty of desire, Cyndi started a local garden to unite her community and, ultimately, improve the planet.

Cyndi Hubach's Elysian Fields Community Garden/2010

Photo: Bob Berg

She remains hopeful her vision will spread beyond the garden’s surrounding fence. I recently got to visit my friend of 20 years, and found out quickly that helping the planet, one community at a time, takes a lot of hard work, a healthy compost and a good pair of gardening gloves…  [Read more…]