In 2014, Farm LA was founded by Jason Wood and Emily Gleicher.
They’re a local couple who have a passion for gardening, sustainable living and Lima Beans.
They are certified (UC) Victory Gardeners.

Jason and Emily wanted to do something about the abundance of underutilized land in Los Angeles
and turn it into land that can give back to those in need, green the city and grow food for our future.

That’s why they started Farm LA.


the L.A. Victory Garden Project

What is a victory garden? Historically, a Victory Garden was a wartime vegetable garden developed to increase food production—especially by home gardeners. Farm LA’s take is simply a space to supplement your and your neighbors’ groceries and boost morale and build community. We’ve been doing this since 2014, on sidewalks or a vacant piece of land. Now it’s time to rally the community we’ve so lovingly built to help activate Angelenos all over LA in growing food for themselves and their neighbors.

Please know that we take gardening and privacy very seriously. We will not share anything here except your first name and ZIP code. After registering, fellow gardeners can contact you by clicking on the message icon, but they won’t see your email address unless you reply to their message. We’re encouraging you all to do your own vetting, share your social media/linkedin profiles, and pictures of the space you have in mind, and schedule a zoom first so you can get to know one another and discuss how you won’t be using pesticides, your individual skillsets and capabilities before meeting up.

Help start a Victory Garden… do you need a hand or land?

We’re all here to grow and share food while making LA a greener place. Below is a bulletin board of LA gardening enthusiasts so far.
• Start by filling out the form above with the necessary information and then click to read the fine print.
• If you’d like to contact an interested participant you can click the message icons  next to each name to start a conversation.
• If you need help getting started gardening, soil testing or looking into pieces of land? Check out our Resources page for a list of links we’ve bookmarked over the years.


  • Jenna 90048 (novice)
  • Smadar 91343 (She/Her, versed)
  • Taylor 91401 (He/Him, novice)
  • Chantel 90277 (She/her, versed)
  • Victoria 90041 (She/her, versed)
  • Andi 90039 (they/them, novice)
  • Victoria 90041 (She/her, versed)
  • AJ 90401 (They-them, versed)
  • Flora 90240 (She/Her, novice)
  • Emily 90814 (She/her, versed)
  • Dominique 90038 (She/her, novice)
  • Jenna 91367 (novice)
  • Bronwyn 37206 (novice)
  • Elizabeth 90022 ()
  • Siri 91402 (she/her, versed)
  • C. 90026 (versed)
  • Barbara 90027 (She/her, novice)
  • Madeleine 90026 (She/her, novice)
  • Simea 91001 (versed)
  • Susan 90027 (She/her, versed)
  • Leo 90025 (they/he, versed)
  • Katie 90027 (She/Her, novice)
  • Gur 90290 (novice)
  • Nicole 90029 (She/they, novice)


  • Helga 90042 (She/Her, backyard)
  • NICOLLE 91306 (HER/SHE, raised)
  • Benny 90064 (he/him/his, raised)


In January 2018, after years of curbside mini-farms, we were asked if we wanted to grow food on a vacant piece land in Elysian Valley, Los Angeles owned by 75 year resident Robert Berg and his wife Janet Workman. Here we get together with our volunteers to maintain the farm we’ve named “Berg’s Farm LA”. We currently grow lima beans that we package into donation kits. These include 1 cup of dried lima beans (they triple in size to 3 cups once soaked overnight) with a cookbooklet in English and Spanish on how to cook and grow them! We donate these kits along with sweet potatoes and assorted squash to Angelenos in need via these groups: our local Elysian Valley Senior Citizens Club, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Seeds of Hope via Food Forward,, NELA Mercadito as well as our local fruit shares!
*We’ve donated over 800 kits since we started at Berg’s Farm!!!

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We started Farm LA creating public mini-farms on sidewalks
around Los Angeles, particularly in neighborhoods that are considered
food deserts (meaning they don’t have a walkable affordable organic
market nearby). We have implemented over 10 mini-farms in LA city
and now focus on our main farm, but if you have any questions about
starting your own sidewalk mini-farm please email us.
If you’re ready to dig in, register on our Victory Garden page!

Fruit shares

The Fruit Share evolved from a community dinner we co-hosted in Elysian
Valley with River Wild. We had a discussion about “What a healthy food
economy means to you, Elysian Valley” and the one theme that continued
throughout the dinner was all the excess fruit we have in Elysian Valley
because of the rich soil and wouldn’t it be cool if we found a way to share
said fruit. So we started the Elysian Valley Fruit Share! Neighbors can
bring their excess fruits, veggies, flowers, herbs and swap them
with other neighbors’ harvests. 

Farmers markets & health fairs

We love Markets & Health Fairs! There is no better way to meet
people interested in their health. We’ve tabled numerous Farmers Markets and Health
Fairs around LA to share our lima beans, promote healthy eating &


Pre-pandemic we worked with schools in NELA to help them
maintain their school gardens and hosted growing food 101 classes.
We believe it’s so important to learn these basics
at an early age.



We’ve collaborated with LA Food Policy Council and other urban farmers in an
Urban Agriculture Working Group. This group focuses on the policy of Urban
Ag in LA. We’ve helped to popularize a new Incentive Zone Act,
which encourages Angelenos to convert their parcels into urban gardens
& farms in exchange for reduced property taxes, which was intended to
create a domino effect for folks growing food on their vacant lots.


To see more about what we’re up to-
please visit our social media pages.




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December 2014 – February 2023

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Victoria Gleicher *Major Contributor*
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