Ep. 120 Crop Swap LA

Jamiah Hargins, garden entrepreneur, inventor, dad, all-around great guy, chats with us about how he’s helping to make vegetables and fruits available to neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

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In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, Jamiah Hargins, gardenpreneur “garden entrepreneur,” inventor, dad, all around great guy, chats with us about how he’s helping to make vegetables and fruits available to neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Jamiah Hargins

Jamiah E. Hargins is a chronic social entrepreneur, community leader, and self-proclaimed gardening engineer. He is the founder of Crop Swap LA, which is determined to grow food on unused spaces, creating green jobs, independent economies, and nutrient-dense food. He recently opened the world’s first water-recycling front yard garden, which uses just 8% of the water previously used for grass to grow over 600 plants for 35 families, recycling hundreds of gallons of water. His innovative business and design models gained the attention of LA City officials looking for sustainability solutions around water, food, and economic sustainability, and he was named a Good Food Champion in 2019. He also invented ToiletTrees, a patented device that hooks onto your toilet and uses the clean water to grow fragrant and odor-eating plants. Jamiah is also a member at BREAUX Capital, a financial technology company focused on Black millennial men who launch and invest in each other’s businesses. Jamiah began his career as a stock and equity options trader, a corporate headhunter, and a non-profit program leader. Jamiah is a graduate of the African American Board Leadership Institute, the University of Chicago, and Columbia University. Personally, he is a father of a 5-year old little girl, a husband to a school administrator, and a practicing Taoist.

Additional Resources:
Learn more about Crop Swap LA on their website, and follow them on Instagram.

See what Jamiah is working on at ToiletTrees.

Our Podcast Team: Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell
Music for this episode is “Early Flight” by One Man Book.

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