Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
EI Monte Urban Agriculture Initiative Program
El Monte, CA
BASE Landscape Architecture
Project Manager: Patricia Algara
Landscape Designer: Samantha Dabney
Client: City of EI Monte Economic Development Department
El Monte’s Urban Agriculture Initiative Program (UAIP) Report characterized a wide range of Urban Agriculture (UA) issues as part of the City’s comprehensive planning efforts. It includes a summary of El Monte’s agricultural history; precedent studies from other communities; research from national studies about the impact and intersections between food, health and community design; and recommendations for potential City policy and ordinance changes to support the UA initiative.
The UAIP engaged City staff, community members, and stakeholders seeking input on all aspec ts of UA from key issues and concerns to needs, potential solutions, and finally potential strategies for action. 1) creating farmers markets; 2) building community garden; 3) agriculture within the City. 4) recommending changes in policies and ordinances to allow and promote urban agriculture within the City. Research and development of these priorities were included in the UAIP Report along with a 15-year phasing plan and easy to follow guidelines to implement the four community-identified UA initiatives within the City of El Monte. Through the implementation of these UA initiatives, the City hopes to improve the overall quality of life for El Monte residents by providing healthier food optinos, creating more opportunities for recreation, and encouraging agreater sense of community, cultural pride, and social connection through healthy food.