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The Edible Landscape: Planting for Food with Judy Frankel

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary demos, talks, and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in Los Angeles. A wide range of culinary professionals, cookbook authors, PacFAB curators, and others deliver lively lectures and lead tastings and hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

The Edible Landscape: Planting for Food with Judy Frankel

Ever consider growing your own? Fruit and vegetables, that is? On Saturday, July 20, join LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in welcoming Judy Frankel, aka "The Fruit Tree Lady." Learn how this Master Gardener, food activist, and writer helps Southern Californians plant and cultivate vegetable gardens and fruit trees that ripen throughout the year and maximize food production. After the program, enjoy dishes prepared with fresh fare from Melissa's Produce by PacFAB Director Tracey Mitchell.


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Judy Frankel is a Master Gardener in California and the mother of a special needs adult. Her specialty is pruning/training fruit trees, vineyards, and roses and caring for vegetable gardens.

At age 12, Frankel started growing food with her father in the backyard of her family’s farmhouse in Pennsylvania. In 1996, she began applying organic, biointensive farming strategies at a Long Beach community garden plot. By 2002, she completed both the California and Massachusetts Master Gardener programs. She has been pruning trees for fruit production for 20 years.

Judy is a member of the Seed Library of Los Angeles, California Rare Fruit Growers, and the South Coast Rose Society.

When not gardening, Judy is an activist, fighting the spread of 5G at RPV City Council meetings, writing and speaking out against GMOs, Roundup (glyphosate), and “terminator” seeds. She connects the dots between use of agricultural herbicides and the rising incidence of neurological and gastrointestinal disorders in the United States. Her urgent call to action includes electing a President who will stop appointing Monsanto-friendly cronies to the USDA, FDA, and EPA. She is the author of In Search of the Next POTUS: One Woman’s Quest to Fix Washington, a True Story, which chronicles her David vs. Goliath endeavor.

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