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Something's Growing in Highland Park

by Aimee Code — last modified Aug 29, 2012 01:20 PM
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Is organic gardening contagious, or does it just run in the family? Larisa Code, sister of NCAP's Aimee Code, is greening up her urban, Los Angeles neighborhood, one small plot at a time.

Larisa Code

Master Gardener Larisa Code chose her new neighborhood, Highland Park, because she is able to walk everywhere, but, as she walked, she had to look at weeds, compacted soil and trash. Now she is on a organic mission. 

Using all natural methods, Larisa has been installing vegetable gardens to neglected parkways, complete with compost and worms. At times she is able to rally up volunteers and other times she is working alone, but either way, Highland Park is looking better every day!

In 2003, Larisa Code also developed an organic gardening program for low income schools in the Pasadena Unified School District as well as at two pre-schools in Los Angeles, California. These programs are still operating today. A Master Gardner graduate, via UC Extension, she is also a landscape designer who specializes in ripping out grass to create beautiful, edible yards, using water wise (drought tolerant) plants to attract pollinators. You can learn more at her website,