CultivaLA is a registered non-profit with Mission to transform healthy food access and wellness through people, social enterprise and environmental justice.
With 32 active ‘cultiva-dores’ we grow and supply fresh organic herbs (e.g. mint, basil, papalo, cilantro, etc.) and vegetables to individuals and families, as well as to the community through our innovative Free Mercado Al Aire Libre (FREE Farmer’s Market) in the Westlake/MacArthur Park Neighborhood in Greater Los Angeles.
Unique partnership with social service providers and local leadership, we have developed a 12-week urban agriculture model with strong emphasis in community workforce development, mentorship, and entrepreneurship for youth and adults.
We utilize the act of growing local and organic food in a holistic and ecological manner to empower our communities. Our network is designed to facilitate access to market via our Farmer’s Market.
CultivaLA is transforming urban agriculture movement in Los Angeles through people, social enterprise and environmental justice.
Work with local leadership in underserved communities to transform access to healthy food.
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People served in 2019
Pounds of produce given away in 2019
Our ‘cultiva-dores’ have had to farm for survival, understand collaboration, and value nutrition. Their prior experience as farmers is valued and seen as a strength, as they help to transform food access in Los Angeles.
Jose Miguel Ruiz, MSW
Founder & CEO
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, PhD
Robert J. Foss, JD
Danielle C. Lara, MSW
Espiridion Ruiz Orea
Mayra I. Ramirez, MSW
GET INVOLVED (COVID-19)
Volunteer at our FREE Emergency Grab & Go Produce Distribution
In March 2020, Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo asked Jose Ruiz, MSW ’17, if he could upscale his community garden to provide 300 Emergency Grab-n-Go food bags each week to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Ruiz had just last year taken .16 acres of space in the Westlake neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles and created a farming community.
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1723 James M. Wood Blvd. Unit 112., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: +1 (213) 925-3145
Monday and Thursday: 4 pm to 6 pm Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm