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April / May 2017

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city of angels are translating that into tending vegetables, fruit trees, mush- rooms, fi sh, poultry, and bees in their home gardens." He believes the diversity that thousands of small-scale gar- dens offer is the best strategy for the health of bee colonies and the preservation of a wider variety of food plants – and of course offers better nutrition at the lowest cost. One example of urban farming is HLP Farmhouse, a col- lective in Los Angeles with its heart centered in histor- ic Highland Park. It invites community gathering and fea- tures experimental gardens, aquaponics, raised beds, vertical gardens, and container gardens utilizing materi- als that are upcycled and repurposed. Eventual services will include vacant lot remediation, teaching gardens, and design consulting. "I hope to offer at-risk youth in Los An- geles the opportunity to recon- nect to the land of their people and learn valu- able farming skills to bring back to the city for viable in come options," explains founder Jennifer Train. She will be teach- ing sustainability and permaculture next spring at a local charter school. Bees have been an integral part of this shift. These virgin sisters of toil have inspired people to take food into our own hands and invite them back into our yards and lives. As we continue to feed and empower ourselves, let's remem- ber that everybody can make a difference. A single bee only produces about a quarter of a teaspoon of honey during her six-week life span. Think of the collaborative effort possible next time you spot a jar of honey. Each drop counts. Let's con- tinue to be the change we want to see. Maryam Henein is the CoFounder of HoneyColony. Visit www.honeycolony.com. AD SALES REP WANTED! Come join our dynamic team and earn what you're worth. Potential to earn $500+ per week for the right person. Call NOW! Whole Life Times 310.425.3056 sales@wholelifemagazine.com april/may 2017 11

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