Southern California Program

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Arcadia, CA
$125,000
December 2014

Crescent Farm is a new installation that will promote water conservation and sustainable food production in home and community landscapes at a time of increasing environmental challenge.  Occupying 32,000 square feet of land at the very center of the Arboretum, Crescent Farm will demonstrate sustainable landscape practices.  Through hands-on activities focused on simple doable conservation strategies, a diverse and broad public will be involved in the testing of new ideas, methods and designs.  Measurements of water use and savings, identifying soils and insects associated with healthy garden ecosystems, observations of ground water recharge, and planting and harvesting are among the many engaging investigative experiences visitors and students will encounter.  During the two-year project, over 100,000 people will actively participate in Crescent Farm programs on site and via on-line outreach to schools, community gardens and neighborhood associations.  Progress toward educational goals will be evaluated through measures assessing both visitor and student learning.  A youth employment program, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills, will utilize the site to provide related job training for two to three teens annually.  The W. M. Keck Foundation’s grant will support a full-time interpretive horticulturist who, in collaboration with Arboretum education staff, will design new activities, classes and tours.

Site design: <a href="http://www.formativegroup.com/">Formative Inc.</a>