Mariposa-Nabi Community Garden opened its doors in 2012. It began as a “Little Green Fingers” garden, funded by First5LA, planned to educate young children in healthy eating habits and growing healthy food. This beautiful community garden is located in the heart of Korea-town in Los Angeles California. The Mariposa-Nabi garden is located on a plot of land adjacent to St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Construction was spearheaded by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. It was designed, with input from local families, by landscape architect Glen Dake and community planner Miguel Luna.

At one point, it was run by the parents of these children. One of these amazing parents is Alvardo Santos. He first stepped into the garden on Fathers’ Day 2014 to help plant his family’s plot and rotate the soil for a new harvest. “I just wanted to see green and flowers,”  he said.

Thanks to a recent grant from the City of Los Angeles, and with the help of LA Compost and the LA Conservation Corps, Mariposa-Nabi is one of ten community gardens that received composting bins to encourage residents to drop off their food waste and help community garden members build compost for their plants.

Alvaro attended each workshop and is now proud of what he’s been creating for the garden. “We learned that you can’t cultivate what you don’t grow and that the compost is for those who need it the most, which are the plants,” he said.

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