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ASLA-NCC

American Society of Landscape Architects
Northern California Chapter

Awards

2015 Awards

Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication

Honor Award

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

Information project brochure for distribution to the community.
Information project brochure for distribution to the community.
Children's Day Parade community outreach activities and education.
Children's Day Parade community outreach activities and education.
Page from an educational coloring book distributed to children in the community.
Children's Day Parade community outreach activities and education.
Students from the community get involved in workshop activites and research.
Community workshop discussions and research.
Synthesis of community amenity location preferences based on community workshop discussions and activities.
Page from the City of El Monte Urban Agriculture Program book.

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.