The Burbank-Valley Garden Club will host guest speaker Andrea Polk at its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Little White Church, located at 1711 N. Avon St. at 10 a.m.
Polk’s presentation is titled “San Fernando Valley Agriculture From Shallow Sea to Suburbia.” Polk rode the Valley as a child, picking oranges and fruit along the way to avoid carrying lunch. A student of land use, she graduated from San Fernando Valley State College with a degree in history.
In 1913, ample water was brought to the valley. This opened a period of major agriculture. The boom-and-bust periods, general population growth and the eventual decline of agricultural product eventually came as freeways replaced the Pacific Electric interurban passenger trains and red cars. Streams became concrete creeks, roads became asphalt, and finally a sewer system and street water runoff system prevailed. This program is a glimpse into San Fernando Valley’s past.
For more information, contact Anne White at (818) 434-3616 or email@example.com.
First published in the September 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.