Urban Gardening Connects Youth with Health, History, Humanity

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Photos by Marisa Zocco

Learning Garden volunteers Noppasorn "Pinky" Cheng, 19; Sarah Shapiro, 19; Emely Morales, 19; and Alexa Rajaram, 21, point out garlic bulbs they've helped grow. For tech-connected youth, the garden allows for a connection not facilitated by electronics, and learning that could not be effectively taught in a traditional classroom.

You could call it a story of two gardens.

The Learning Garden was established in 2002, planted and maintained by a mix of high school and UCLA extension students, volunteers and the community alike . . .

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