South Central Farm, also known as the South Central Community Garden, was an urban farm and community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets, in an industrial area of SouthLos Angeles, California (known as South Central Los Angeles) which was in operation between 1994 and 2006. At 14 acres (5.7 ha), it was considered one of the largest urban farms in the United States. The farm was sold in 2004, and the farmers were evicted in 2006. On July 5, 2006, workers began bulldozing the farm a midst protest and acts of civil disobedience. The farmers are disputing the validity of the sale in court and have also staged vigils in protest. The farm is the subject of the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Garden. It was also the subject of the PBS documentary, with an AFI Film Festival Premiere, in the Natural Heroes Series, South Central Farm, Oasis in a Concrete Desert.. This documentary has the only first hand commentary from the developer. As of April 2013 the land remains an empty lot.
In this thoughtful drama, a South Central Los Angeles high schooler struggles to stay straight in a community polluted by drugs, violence and racism – and his cynical but devoted father will accept nothing less than the best from him.