Edendale Grove Parish Garden & Living Labyrinth
Edendale Grove is a small urban farm located in the Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park adjacent to the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, the headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Its primary purpose is to provide fresh produce to the 350 families who visit the on-site food pantry each week. It was designed to serve the dual function of productive farm and beautiful, welcoming open space for the community while doing so in the most resource-responsible way possible. Additionally, it is meant as inspiration for rethinking and repurposing under-utilized urban spaces for food production and community engagement.
With more than 70 fruit trees and up to 700 vegetable and herb plants grown in each of the three Southern California growing seasons, Edendale Grove serves as a productive space to grow large amounts of food for individuals and families suffering from food insecurity in the surrounding community. It also serves as a peaceful reprieve from the often harsh noise and landscape of urban Los Angeles. Designed around a central Labyrinth, Edendale Grove is rooted in spiritual tradition that grounds and supplements its natural utility.
Walking a labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice of stillness and meditation. The Living Labyrinth installed at the Edendale Grove Parish Garden at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul is an extension of this ancient tradition. In the words of Seeds of Hope Executive Director, Tim Alderson, the Living Labyrinth expands this ancient tradition and internal spiritual experience and allows it to be "an outward spiritual experience as well by producing food that we then carry and share with our neighbors ... It's truly a transformative time for this property and this community ..."
Constructed with the help of innovative urban agriculture non-profit Our Foods, the Living Labyrinth was organized and planted in water-efficient Grow Sox. The Labyrinth will grow and change over the seasons and years and it has the capacity to produce over 15,000 servings of various vegetables that can be distributed through the food bank at the Cathedral Center.
By the Numbers
Edendale Grove is currently home to 72 fruit trees including: 34 Citrus, 10 Avocado, 5 Banana, 5 Plum, 4 Apple, 4 Aprium, 2 Olive, 2 Pomegranate, 2 Apricot, 1 fig, 1 Goji Berry, 1Asian Pear, and 1 Mulberry.
The Living Labyrinth has been recently replanted for Spring with red leaf lettuce, cabbage, green lettuce, kale, broccoli, chili peppers, jalapeños, tomatoes, strawberries, rueda, rosemary, lavender, sage, basil, thai basil, parsley, oregano, peppermint, and thyme. Amongst the trees are also grapes, passion fruit, and a variety of drought tolerant native plants.