January 18, 2022
LMU Newsroom | ALMA Backyard Farms: Reclaiming lives, land, and community
ALMA Backyard Farms is an urban farm in Compton, CA, founded by two LMU alumni, Erika L. Cuellar and Richard D. Garcia, that focuses on restorative justice and environmental stewardship. Have you ever wondered what a chocolate lightning tomato tasted like?
July 1, 2020
This Filipino American Life Podcast | Urban Gardening & Restorative Justice with Richard D. Garcia
In this episode, we talk to Richard Garcia, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Alma Backyard Farms, about his calling to work with communities and formerly incarcerated people to set up urban gardens.
November 7, 2020
Bridging the Gap with Natural American Goodness, Mountain Valley Spring Water
To capture the essence of Natural American Goodness, Mountain Valley Spring Water visited with ALMA and one of our chef partners, Steve Samson of Rossoblu.
December 1, 2017
The Migrant Kitchen, Life & Thyme | KCET
We are thrilled to have a cameo on the second season of Life & Thyme's The Migrant Kitchen. The episode features Chef Diep of Good Dinette, a chef who sources seasonal veggies from our urban farms.
March 27, 2017
The Journal | Shinola
In his long-sleeve waffle shirt, dark roughed-up work pants and scuffed brown leather boots, Rich Garcia moves carefully among rows of vegetables. His canvas hat tilted to the side, and a thin red scapular hanging around his neck completes his farming uniform. His hands are dirty in a way that can come only from a long day of manual labor, with layers of white, dried dirt beneath fresh stains from wet soil.
June 5, 2015
“Re-claim lives. Re-purpose land. Re-imagine community.” That’s the motto of Alma Backyard Farms, an East L.A. non-profit that teaches recently released prisoners to grow, harvest and market local produce.
January 5, 2022
KCAL9 & CBS2 | STEAM: Urban Organic Farming In Compton
KCAL9 & CBS2 news interviews ALMA's co-founder, Richard D. Garcia about how nothing goes to waste on the farm in Compton.
December 21, 2020
Food and Faith Podcast | Returning Home
The Food and Faith Podcast brings together voices of hope who are working for a world of organic connections. On this episode, ALMA's Co-founders, Erika L. Cuellar and Richard D. Garcia partake in a conversation from the soil and around the table.
December 3, 2020
The Restorative Justice Life Podcast | Restorative Farming
Hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris, Restorative Justice Practitioners, Circle Keepers, and others discuss how they bring Restorative Justice philosophy, practices, and values into their personal and professional lives.
August 20, 2020
Selena + Chef
Selena teams up with the godfather of the modern food truck movement, Roy Choi, to make some dangerously delicious Korean BBQ breakfast tacos. At the end of the episode, ALMA gets recognized for its work! Episode 4 is available on HBO Max. Free trial available.
May 10, 2020
Univision | Alimentos para la comunidad
Los propietarios de ALMA prepararon cerca de 200 bolsas repletas de alimentos frescos que fueron entregadas a las familias más necesitadas del área
May 7, 2020
KCRW Press Play | Southern CA farms sell directly to customers during COVID-19
Richard D. Garcia, Co-founder and Executive Director of ALMA speaks with Madeleine Brand of KCRW's Press Play about the role local farms are playing during the coronavirus pandemic.
September 3, 2019
Voyage LA | Meet Erika L. Cuellar of Alma Backyard Farms in East Los Angeles, Compton, San Pedro
VoyageLA is a group of magazines that publishes interviews with local community members, businesses, organizations, and artists.
December 18, 2020
KCRW | Good Food
KCRW provides listeners with local news, public health information, music for your spirit, and cultural connection. ALMA's Co-founder, Richard D. Garcia, discusses farming with youth and the formerly incarcerated to feed the community.
November 1, 2020
Youth To The People Podcast | Bringing Wellness to the People
America has a wellness problem. Wellness requires rest, clean water, movement, community, care, and nutrition—things that have become privileges, when they really should be rights. In this episode, Alma's social enterprise associate, Luis Mota, discusses how he is dedicated to bringing wellness to his community.
August 14, 2020
Mercy for Animals | Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Are Feeding the Community During The Pandemic
Mercy For Animals is dedicated to eradicating our cruel food system and replacing it with one that is not just kind to animals but essential for the future of our planet and all who share it. Check out this feature they included of ALMA.
May 10, 2020
ABC7 News | Fresh Produce Giveaway
A unique Mother's Day giveaway lifted spirits on Sunday in Rancho Dominguez, where a ALMA provided those special someones with much-needed appreciation.
November 27, 2019
Catholic Education Foundation | Lead by Example
Erika Cuellar, Co-founder of Alma Backyard Farms, studied education at Loyola Marymount University and didn’t necessarily end up going into a traditional classroom because she worked at Homeboy Industries in the kitchen of Homegirl Café, and now sees the farm as her new classroom.
June 12, 2019
Broken Bread, WASTE: Recovery & Possibility
KCET, a producer of award-winning and diverse original content for public media, and Tastemade, a global media company creating premium video programming in the food, travel and home verticals, premiered a new multi-media series BROKENBREAD, hosted by restaurant entrepreneur, social activist and acclaimed chef Roy Choi. In episode 5, WASTE: Recovery & Possibility, Roy Choi visits ALMA.