Ave 33 Farm, owned and operated by Eric Tomassini and Ali Greer, is an urban farm located in Lincoln Heights – just east of downtown Los Angeles. Before falling in love with farming, Eric taught science at the high-school and college level, and Ali has 13 years of experience working on farms. She has also been running a small worm casting production for eight years. For Eric and Ali, the most exciting part about being accessible to so many people in the greater Los Angeles area is that they can share the farm with community members and discuss the importance of soil health.
The first piece of the project is to physically build the classroom. They have almost completed the construction on an outdoor work space and are seeking funding to outfit the space with materials to run classes. They have partnered with Dave Ellingford to help with the building of the teaching space. Wesley Thatcher will be designing and building the shade structure along with storage walls and areas for displaying educational materials. Once the educational materials are in place, Ave 33 will partner with community organizations to teach lessons about regenerative farming practices.