what we do

Let's plant our way to a healthier city.


what we do

Let's plant our way to a healthier city.

Grown in LA (GiLA) is a call-to-arms to re-envision and revitalize Los Angeles that brings together Los Angeles government entities, non-profits, private organizations, and academic institutions toward a shared mission—converting underutilized land in Los Angeles into a network of nurseries designed to produce the plants needed for green infrastructure projects (such as public parks and LA River restoration) while at the same time provide educational and vocational training opportunities for Angelenos. It is an initiative that unites projects with people to create possibilities for changing the course of our urban environments, otherwise unachievable by individuals.

We provide a collective voice and collaborative framework designed to simultaneously address the ecological, social and economic systems in our communities, using plants as our currency, local education and employment training programs as our fuel, and the LA River as our laboratory.

Grown in LA is collecting seeds from the local Los Angeles region, propagating plants locally within the Los Angeles region, and supplying plants to projects that are also located in the LA area. Nurseries we help start will also serve as laboratories that research topics related to urban ecology, a task not being tackled by any other nursery in Southern California.

Here's what we are working towards.

  • Increasing public awareness about native plants through media and outreach efforts

  • Building and cultivating partnerships with key stakeholders

  • Facilitating communication and knowledge/resource sharing among partners

  • Advocating for the production and incorporation of native plants in our local communities

  • Helping to start new nurseries in the LA region

  • Increasing native seed sources within the urban core to streamline collection and storage, and increase natural disaster preparedness

  • Developing educational programming for middle and high school students, college-level students, and the general public

  • Developing vocational training programs for youth corps, veterans, and other Angelenos