On April 1st, 2023 we arrived to Compton Community Garden to find a *massive* “For Sale” sign overshadowing our thriving & community-run green space.
We were devastated; after making some calls, we realized how very real this was. Our beloved garden - a free & truly communal urban garden feeding free food to the people of Compton for over a decade - was for sale, without warning or consideration to the humans serving this nor the communities, ecosystems & lives this would impact right here in Compton/North Long Beach.
Even worse, we found out that there is currently an open offer on the land from an outside developer for $488,000 - we MUST raise enough to cover the sale of the land plus any taxes and expenses.
We have until TUESDAY to submit our counter offer and acquire the land that our community - and the native people before us - have so deeply nourished & received nourishment from.
Community gardens mean nothing if we don’t own the land that we are cultivating our foods & communities upon. We must own & operate our communities from within - only through finding a path to community land ownership can we achieve true sovereignty within our neighborhoods in Compton, South Central, Watts and beyond.
We are tired of outside developers dictating our own neighborhoods, businesses, food systems, and social structures.
This is an opportunity to take back what is rightfully ours - and express to the world that WE will stand and fight as one until we find a sustainable solution for safe green spaces like CCG to exist, feed, and cultivate diverse communities.
Here is our plan of action:
Tuesday, May 2nd: Compton City Council Meeting - let’s flood city hall and let ‘em know the significant social, cultural, ecological, educational & community impact CCG has affected in Compton & Northside Long Beach
Saturday, May 6: Save Compton Community Garden Function! - join us at our garden for a day of food, community, live sounds, plant demonstrations, local biz & resources, and much more. This is a fundraiser and community celebration - we are grateful for this space and community regardless what happens. Come celebrate Compton and show support for our cause.
About Compton Community Garden:
Compton Community Garden is a communal effort to directly address social and ecological inequalities in Compton & beyond. An entirely organic, regenerative, and community-run garden, CCG’s core mission is to feed healthy natural foods to the immediate community in Compton & North Long Beach for free; to act as a resource for community empowerment & ecological consciousness, encouraging a more shared, self-sustaining way of life in harmony with the natural world. Beyond a place to grow & feed, Compton Community Garden is a hub for social & cultural exchange - a safe space for exploring mental health, direct democracy, music, books, ideologies, and life experiences. Through cultivating community, CCG treats gardening as a social and spiritual practice, feeding our bodies, minds & communities synergistically
*any donations of $50K or above will be commemorated with a very special token of our appreciation for your commitment to Compton Community Garden
Thank you all so much. What happens here will set the precedent for communal green spaces to exist in every community around LA, the country, the world. We appreciate each and every human standing alongside us <3
**Funds are being collected by an allied community nonprofit Let's Rebuild Tuskegee, who will hold the fundraised dollars for Compton Community garden while we re-organize our nonprofit structure. Thank you Aleeyah and team at Let's Rebuild!!
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