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Voluntourism Spotlight: Urban Gardening in Los Angeles

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Sustainable living is the focus of this week voluntourism spotlight, where Community Services Unlimited heads up food and health projects as well as three urban gardens throughout Los Angeles. Learn more about the program in this weekend’s broadcast of Peter Greenberg Worldwide and check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities.

Community Services Unlimited, Inc in Los Angeles supports communities working together to maintain sustainable life-styles. In the organization’s gardens they host programs like Growing Healthy, which teaches inner city children and teens the importance of eating healthy and the global and political impact of food. They also run the Village Marketplace where CSU sells produce to the community, local caterers, and restaurants. This program garners income for CSU so they rely less on funding from grants.

CSU also hosts events and classes for the community. Upcoming events include the CSU’s Tree Of Life program, where volunteers harvest fruit and care for fruit trees in the South Central Los Angeles area. The fruit that is harvest is used in CSU programs and area with area residents. To RSVP email

There is no age limit to volunteer and families are encouraged to participate. To volunteer with the organization just visit the CSU website or call 213-746-1216 to RSVP to an event. For a further one day opportunity you can also help care for the urban gardens any Tuesday from 9am to 12pm with an RSVP.

By Darra Stone for