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Photos: A former trash heap is transformed into a thriving farm

Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi has turned what was once a weed and trash filled hillside behind her house in Montecito Heights into a flourishing organic vegetable garden she calls Rose Hill Farm. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Root vegetables growing at Rose Hill Farm. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
A terraced hillside planted with vegetables at Rose Hill Farm. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Terraces at Rose Hill Farm. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi harvests vegetables from her organic micro farm behind her home in Montecito Heights on June 19. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi and Jeremy McDonald in their garden in June. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi worked for a year to create what she calls Rose Hill Farm. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi creates her own inexpensive soil by amending hillside dirt with compost, peat moss and “zoo doo,” provided by the L.A. Zoo. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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Joanna Bassi harvests some vegetables at her Rose Hill Farm on June 19. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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Microgreens grow inside Joanna Bassi’s greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm.  (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Bassi built the greenhouse by watching instructions on YouTube. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) (Los Angeles Times)
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Emma Jean Coco keeps watch in the garden.  ((Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times))
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi harvests zucchini at her home microfarm.  ((Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times))
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Working with her father, Joanna Bassi worked tirelessly to terrace the steep hillside and create an urban farm.  ((Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)s)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Organic carrots harvested at Rose Hll Farm.  (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)
Scenes from Rose Hill Farm
Joanna Bassi harvests beets in one of her planting beds. (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)
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