June 13, 2006

Deputies Begin Evicting South L.A. Farmers

Authorities moved in to evict farmers from the South Central Farm amid the owner's efforts to sell the land.

About 50 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies began removing protesters and farmers at 5 a.m. from the farm at 41st and Alameda Streets, enforcing a court order.

Supporters of the 350 farmers who have been tending to the land say that it is the largest urban farm in the country. Several celebrities have spent time at the farm in a show of solidarity with the farmers in recent weeks.

Owner and developer Ralph Horowitz said he would sell 10 acres to the farmers for $16 million, but the farmers, with the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other celebrities, have been unable to come up with the asking price.


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