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Down on the farm: Pierce College ag program slowly changes direction
Down on the farm: Pierce College ag program slowly changes direction

To Leland Shapiro, a tour of the Pierce College campus is heavy on memories. "This is where the 6,000 chickens used to be," he says, pointing at what is now a parking lot. "This is where the flowers were," he says as he passes an abandoned building. "We used to fatten the pigs here." He points to an empty structure. Shapiro is a throwback to an earlier time for both Los Angeles and the community college in Woodland Hills. He learned to milk a cow in a dairy near the corner of 3rd Street and La Cienega in the early 1960s and began farming on lots in Watts and Gardena before attending Pierce. He joined the faculty there in the 1970s, when agriculture was...

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