CBS Los Angeles

WATTS ( — Sanna Alas and Claudia Varney stared out on an empty lot in Watts and imagined the possibilities.

For now, the space is filled with dead grass and trash, but these UCLA graduates saw their dream garden.

They are working with Jordan High School to turn the spot into a community garden that would provide healthy food to the community and educate students.

“What are the problems that are faced by urban communities here in Los Angeles? And one of them we were talking about was health disparities,” Alas said.

While enrolled at UCLA, Alas was involved in an outreach program to help those in underdeveloped areas. She saw a need to bring nutritious food to Watts.

“We really wanted to take those discussions and turn them into action, and so the students actually proposed to create a community garden right across from the school,” according to Alas.

She points to…

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