The most fruitful gardens are filled with worms and shit. After the deadly 1992 L.A. riots, known ever after as the “Rodney King” riots, a 14-acre plot of land at the intersection of 41st and Alameda, smack in the heart of South Central, was miraculously transformed into a community garden. Despite the healing that occurred between rival Hispanic and African-American communities in the years when the garden was successfully tended, the land value of such a huge hunk of inner-city real estate soared exponentially and brought all manner of voracious insects — political opportunists, celebrity do-gooders, community activists — to wreck and devour the crops. But after 12 years, the farmers won’t leave. Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s 2008 Academy Award nominee for... More >>>