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From Cows To Concrete
May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 –
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505
Authors Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber will present an illustrated talk on their recently published book.
From their prospective as contemporary citizens concerned about sustainable food systems, the quality of our food, and the promises of urban farming, the authors look back on the history of agriculture in Los Angeles from the rancho days to the present, presenting a fascinating history of our local agricultural heritage and explore what that history might teach us as we address in our urban spaces issues of environment and sustainability today.
What? Los Angeles was the original wine country of California, leading the state’s wine production for more than a century? Los Angeles County was the agricultural center of North America until the 1950s? And where today’s freeways soar, cows calmly chewed their cud? How could that be? Los Angeles, the capital of asphalt and Klieg lights, was once a paradise filled with grapevines and bovines, so abundant with Nature’s gifts that no one could imagine a more pastoral place? Los Angeles County was the center of an agricultural empire. Today, it is the nation’s most populous urban metropolis. What happened? Where did the green go? As Americans connect with gardens, farmers markets, and urban farms, most are unaware that each of these activities have deep roots in Los Angeles, and that the healthy food they savor literally had its roots in L.A.
More information can be found on the event calendar at burbanklibrary.com or call 818-238-5620