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Urban CSA project ending in September

August 10, 2009 |  1:49 pm

The urban community supported agriculture program we wrote about earlier this year is not continuing after this season, its first.

"We have found that we are unable to produce enough food to justify the cost of the program for participants, and unable to operate the program in a way that is financially sustainable," Heartbeet Gardeners wrote in an e-mail to its subscribers.

The project ends Sept. 18. The three women who run Heartbeet, a garden consulting business, had hoped to produce food at a few homes. People would then buy shares in the project and get weekly produce baskets.

Heartbeet has another idea to get people digging in the dirt: A series of workshops are planned in which participants will work at one house and take what they learn home to plant their own food gardens. Topics will include seed propagation, planting, maintenance, pest control and harvesting, said Sara Carnochan of Heartbeet.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: Joy Conrad-Mogin, 4, helps plant squash in a garden in the front yard of her parents' Larchmont Village home. Theirs was one of the houses used in the project. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times