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Old becomes new again with this urban gardening project

November 28, 2010 |  8:02 am

VegetablesToday's enthusiasm for urban agriculture — or, to put it more romantically, kitchen gardens — would seem more than familiar to millions of Americans who lived during the world wars.

"We're just going back and claiming our heritage," Rose Hayden-Smith, a historian and victory-garden expert, said at an urban-agriculture conference marking the opening this month of the Huntington Ranch, a 15-acre project at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

She noted that rooftop gardens have been around since ancient Rome and that urban agriculture in this country once meant growing food in Boston Common. School gardens are nothing new, and formerly empty urban spaces have been used to grow food in this country for more than a century.

Read more in the Home section: "Huntington Ranch digs roots into urban garden concept."

Photo: All kinds of foods, including a bevy of vegetables, are growing at the Huntington Ranch. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times