2013 NRDC Growing Green Award Winner -- Food Justice

When the city of Los Angeles threatened to bulldoze the nation’s largest community food garden in 2003, local leader Tezozomoc and his community rose in its defense. He rallied the 350 families who grew food to feed themselves from the 14-acre South Central Garden, engaging in one of America’s most important battles for urban agricultural land use. Although the Garden was ultimately closed, Tezozomoc gave it new life through a now-thriving 85-acre, 100% organic cooperative farm in Buttonwillow, California, and the South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund (SCFHEF), a grassroots nonprofit that provides a rich, culturally-relevant variety of organic produce to Los Angeles CSAs, farmers markets and underserved neighborhoods. Tezozomoc incubates small farming cooperatives and empowers small growers with technical and ecological farm management knowledge, market access, and financial viability to create hope for historically marginalized communities. Tezozomoc is NRDC’s 2013 Growing Green Award winner in the Food Justice category.