The Torrance Historical Society is getting the New Year moving with a Meet the Author(s) event with farm-friendly authors Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber who will dish the dirt on their new book, From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles.
They will share the epic tale of how agriculture forged Los Angeles into an urban metropolis, and how, ultimately, the Los Angeles farm empire spurred the very growth that paved it over, as sprawling suburbs swallowed up thousands of acres of prime farmland. And how, on the same land once squandered by corporate greed and progress, urban farmers are making inroads to a greener future.
What: Meet the Author event with Judith Gerber & Rachel Surls.
Judi Gerber is a THS board member, Torrance Library Commissioner, book author, Torrance Community Garden Instructor and more. She is author of Farming in Torrance and the South Bayand her latest book written in conjunction with Rachel Surls is From Cows to Concrete. Rachel Surls is a Sustainable Food Systems Advisor for University of California Extension, Los Angeles County and Co-Author of From Cows to Concrete.
When: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum
No RSVP and no charge: Free event. No reservations but seating is limited to first-come / first-served. Fee for book purchase.
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit torrancehistoricalsociety.org.
Both books will be available for signing and purchase.
From Cows to Concrete books (9×9 inch hardcover) will be available for signing and purchase ($40) – cash, checks AND credit cards accepted for purchase of this book.
Farming in Torrance and the South Bay by Judith Gerber, will also be available for signing and purchase ($20) cash or checks ONLY accepted for purchase of this book).
Until the 1950’s, Los Angeles County was the agricultural center of North America. Today, few Angelenos realize that so much of the land was once home to ranchos, orange groves and celery fields. Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber reconnect us with LA’s farm roots in their new book, From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles.