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Times-Featured Garden Guru Has Planted Seeds in Northeast L.A.

Baron is a relentless advocate for school gardens across LAUSD and beyond.

Last week, the Los Angeles Times Home and Garden section ran a feature on school garden guru Mud Baron, who they described as an "evangelical force in school gardens."

Mud's muddy fingerprints can be found on school garden's all across the Southland--from San Pedro to Pasadena. He's taken an Appleseed-esque approach to replacing asphalt for fertile earth in public schools.

Baron is no stranger to Northeast L.A., either. Last year, he donated thousands of organic vegetable seedlings to a bare-root tree giveaway effort at Milagro Allegro community garden in Highland Park.

"He really saved the day," said Milagro Allegro Master Gardener Macen-Moore. "Everybody got to go home with something."

His Instagram page also hosts a photo of a parent proudly posing with a package of organic beans bound for Mount Washington Elementary School's garden.

Chances are, if you've eaten from a public garden in Northeat L.A., Mud's had played some role in the planting the produce.

Click here to read the full Times feature on Baron and learn his real name! 

CEMykytyn April 24, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Aldama Elementary has a great little (but growing!) school garden and Ms. Hume offers a fun afterschool gardening program as well. We are looking to expand the garden into the ravine behind the school (maybe create a kind of outdoor reading amphitheater as well)... Thanks for posting this, Patch! I missed the LATimes article.
Shawn Richardson April 25, 2012 at 06:06 PM
You should talk to the Young Folks (Daniel and Julia) over at LA Learning Academy. We have been working on a hillside school farm over there. They can tell you about how much work hillside farming can be. They are working really hard though and have already accomplished a lot.

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