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First 'Little Green Fingers' garden for children opens in Koreatown

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Los Angeles County's first community garden built specifically for kids younger than 5 opened Saturday in Koreatown.

The "Little Green Finges" garden project is the first of what officials hope will be a number of such gardens around the county that will help address the obesity epidemic by giving families access to free, locally grown healthful food. 

The garden features a "crunch and munch" area for kids to wander through picking and eating food, a planting area full of narrow-leaved milkweed to attract monarch butterflies, as well as community plots and garden beds for families. To seal the deal for the kids, there is also a water-play table.

The Mariposa-Nabi garden is located on a plot of land adjacent to St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Construction was spearheaded by  the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, with funding from First 5 LA. It was designed, with input from local families, by landscape architect Glen Dake and community planner Miguel Luna.

Saturday's celebration included music from kid-favorite Apple Brains, as well as gardening and solar cooking demonstrations and organic food. The garden is seeking local corporate sponsors and volunteers to support ongoing cooking and nutrition programs.

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Photo: Actress Elisabeth Rohm joins Koreatown families for the grand opening of Little Green Fingers, a community garden for children under 5. Credit: Todd Williamson / Associated Press.

 
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