The Collaborative for Urban Agroecology Los Angeles (CUALA) provides strategic agroecological support and operational management to LA nonprofits and communities at the nexus of environmental, social, and economic injustice. We catalyze and cultivate projects that incorporate ecologically sound biodiversity within LA's under-served communities confronted by cultural, racial, economic, and political inequality.
CUALA deploys responsive, actionable science to inform and empower the community advocacy and civic engagement necessary to retract urban environmental degradation, and to maximize collective impact for renewal.
CUALA manages sustainable urban agrarian systems by aligning their stability, productivity, sustainability, & equitability. To maximize the mutually beneficial collective impact of urban agrarian systems, CUALA engineers contextual approaches to management infrastructure driven by stakeholder agency, mutually beneficial community consensus, economic equity, and food sovereignty.
CUALA curates successful contexts of urban agroecology with an intersectional emphasis on citizen-science, innovation, interdependent communities, eco-action, and localized “trickle-up” economics.
What is Agroecology?
Wikipedia defines agroecology as, the study of ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems and is not associated with any one particular method of farming, whether it be organic, integrated, or conventional; intensive or extensive. It proposes a context site-specific manner of studying agroecosystems, and as such, it recognizes that there is no universal formula or recipe for the success and maximum well-being of an agroecosystem.
There are four system properties of agroecosystems: productivity, stability, sustainability, and equability. In agroecology, all four properties are interconnected and integral to the success of an agroecosystem and are found on varying spatial scales.
A more common definition of the word can be taken from Dalgaard et al., who refer to agroecology as the study of the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agricultural systems. Consequently, agroecology is inherently multidisciplinary, including factors from agronomy, ecology, sociology, economics and related disciplines.