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Netiya is now FIVE years old!

Celebrate Netiya for reaching this five year mark! Make a tax-deductible contribution to support our sustainable growth today! Support for Netiya can be made through Community Partners online here or send to Community Partners for Netiya: Attn. Finance Department 1000 N. Alameda St., Ste. 240, Los Angeles, 90012. YOUR support makes all the difference. Be a part of our membership drive! Become a Netiya Member: Because of you, we are reaching over 5,000 people and together, working to bring about a better Los Angeles through stewardship. If you believe these six Netiya principles, we invite you to partner with us: FOOD IS A HUMAN RIGHT, the importance to STEWARD LAND, we CELEBRATE ALL FORMS OF DIVERSITY, we DEEPEN COMMITMENT TO ACCESS while DEEPENING COMMITMENT TO RESILIENCE, we PROVIDE QUALITY PROGRAMMING while Membership to Netiya provides these following discounts and benefits:
  1. One (1) FREE ticket for our annual event
  2. Members Rate for all of our garden and kitchen hands-on workshops
  3. Monthly Tips and Educational Resources - custom-designed by Netiya
  4. Visibility - on Netiya's website and marketing materials.
Make a tax-deductible contribution and become a member to support our sustainable growth today! Checks can be made to Community Partners for Netiya: online here or sent to Community Partners for Netiya Core: Attn. Finance Department 1000 N. Alameda St., Ste. 240, Los Angeles, 90012. YOUR support makes all the difference. To become a member as an institution click here To become a member as an individual click here

VOTE for Netiya to win $20K from Seeds of Change

To Help Us Install Our Own Urban Farm Hub!

VOTE
COMMUNITY GARDEN

One Earth

BY: DEVORAH B

Reseda, CA

HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?

The One Earth urban farm is the culmination of 5 years of food and garden work by Netiya, a food and faith network that cultivates gardens on unused land at faith-based institutions to grow and distribute nutritious food. Netiya has installed 16 institutional gardens to date, and One Earth will be a permanent demonstration and education space to foster the growth of gardens at as religious congregations and schools across the city of Los Angeles. The quarter-acre urban farm will feature examples of sustainable gardening and food production techniques, and serve as a community classroom giving participants the knowledge to start their own food and gardening programs in their communities. Food grown at the garden will be used for food preparation workshops, donated to local food pantry programs, and/or sold at low-cost to local families in need. One Earth will be built and run under the values that all people should have access to food worthy of a blessing.

Vote everyday through April 18th, VOTE for Netiya to win $20K to install our urban farm hub! It has taken us five years to get to the point where you can take five seconds to VOTE for this long-time coming Urban Farm Hub in Los Angeles to showcase stewardship! VOTE

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SAVE THESE DATES:  

Netiya Fundraiser: We are Five Years Old! 

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 * 7-9pm

Sherman Oaks, CA

Address upon RSVP

$55

The microgrant application period is now closed! Congratulations to the grant recipients:

*Temple Kol Tikvah*
 
*Masjid Bilal*
 
*Congregation Beth Ohr / Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City*
 
*Centro Cristiano Bet-El*
 
*Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church, UCC*
 
*Emmanuel – HM Turner Church*
 
*Union Church LA – Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE)*
 
*Immanuel Presbyterian Church*
 
*The Church in Ocean Park*
 
*Beit T’Shuvah*
 
Given the very high response rate to Netiya’s call for applications, we are hopeful to offer another funding cycle! Please stay tuned. For more info, contact us at: info@netiya.org. To earmark a donation to support next year's Matching Microgrants Cycle please click here: Donate Here[/button]

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LA County Board of Supervisors Adopts Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones 
LA County officially adopts AB551: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, promoting community  
revitalization, green space, and access to nutritious food through local, urban food growing.  
LOS ANGELES – April 5, 2016 – On Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously 
passed the final ordinance and program details of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone  
Program. With this new program, property owners can lease their land to farm or community  
garden operators in order to receive a reduction on property taxes. The principle objective 
behind the program, enabled by Assembly Bill 551 passed in 2014, is to increase urban access 
to local fresh fruits and vegetables while revitalizing vacant lots that might otherwise be 
“The Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program has the ability to be a significant tool in  
addressing the alarming issues of insufficient food access and blight that permeate too many of  
our communities,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. 
The program addresses one of the largest barriers to potential urban farmers–access to land– 
and incentivizes private land-owners to be a part of the solution. Property owners with parcels  
of three acres or less can lease (or use) the plot for agricultural purposes for a minimum of five  
years to receive a property tax adjustment; their land will be reassessed at the rate of the  
average statewide irrigated agriculture land, resulting in potentially significant savings. The  
Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance with the provision that it be modified to expand  
eligibility to include properties within former redevelopment areas. With roughly 57,000  
eligible parcels, according to the County Assessor’s June 2015 report, the Los Angeles Food  
Policy Council (LAFPC) anticipates that many growers and property owners will take advantage  
of this incentive.  
“Urban growers need land and lease security, and communities – particularly low-income  
communities – need better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Property owners with vacant  
lots can be a part of the solution by converting these spaces into vibrant gardens and farms,” 
said Clare Fox, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.  
Today’s action means the County is prepared to accept applications from unincorporated  
neighborhoods. The new policy also sets the stage for all 88 cities, including Los Angeles, to  
move forward with the creation of their own local adoption of Urban Agriculture Incentive  
Zones (UAIZs). In order to apply the policy at the city level, the local city council will need to  
vote to adopt the program. A motion was submitted to the Los Angeles City Council requesting  
the Planning Department to report back on how to implement UAIZs in this designation. 
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council is assisting in tracking potential sites across the County. If 
you live near or pass by a vacant lot, please send the cross streets to uaiz@goodfoodla.org to 
determine eligibility.

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On November 15 we installed an orchard at New Horizon School. Included in the day's activities were Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian teachings about trees and stewardship.

"The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best is today."

Click the image below to see some photos.

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And God planted a garden eastward in Eden

(Genesis 2:8)

Netiya is a food and faith network that cultivates gardens on unused land at faith-based institutions to grow and tithe nutritious food. Netiya fosters self-reliance and stewardship to lead Angelenos of all faiths toward greater access to food worthy of a blessing. We are a network of 42 faith-based institutions that work on hunger in LA. We believe that our institutions should source our food locally when possible. We are also deeply committed to ending food insecurity and to increasing access to healthy food in proactive and strategic ways. We believe that food is a fundamental human right. There is increasing recognition among emergency food providers of the importance of nutrition. It is no longer sufficient to merely provide calories to alleviate hunger. Just as important is providing nutrient rich foods that support adequate growth and health. But these healthier options, like fresh fruits and vegetables, are often too expensive for struggling families. In addition, many families live in “food deserts,” where markets are scarce and those that do exist sell mostly packaged, processed food. By making additional fresh produce options available across the city, we not only ease hunger but improve overall nutrition and health. By growing more food, we can tithe more food. We endeavor to build a more just and resilient food system. We believe that collaboration is the only method to make this vision a reality.  

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