Crop Swap LA

Founded by Jamiah Hargins in 2018, Crop Swap LA™ has grown from a small monthly neighborhood swap of fruits and vegetables to a globally recognized movement.

Crop Swap LA™ is on a mission to grow food on unused spaces, creating sustainable jobs and local, nutrient-rich food in communities affected most by food insecurity. ​In this process, they empower the members of their community and place the power of self-sufficiency back into their own hands.

They believe that food should be grown and consumed locally to reduce reliance on inefficient, water and carbon-intensive global supply chains.

Easy access to affordable, nutrient-rich food is our right, not a luxury.

  • Winter Asprec
    Director
  • Winter Asprec
    Lead Writer
  • Matthew Castro
    Producer
  • Jennifer Wonse
    Lead Editor
  • Presley Vu
    Assistant Editor
  • Presley Vu
    Graphics & VFX Editor
  • Matthew Castro
    Colorist
  • Jamiah Hargins
    Key Cast
  • Paula Avalos
    Key Cast
  • Mychal Creer
    Key Cast
  • Presley Vu
    Director of Photography
  • Victoria Guzman
    Videographers
  • Matthew Calderon
    Videographers
  • Jennifer Wonse
    Sound Operator
  • Presley Vu
    Sound Operator
  • Presley Vu
    Sound Mixer
  • Sofia Moreno
    Writer
  • Gloria Hernandez
    Writer
  • Pablo Zuniga
    Associate Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 9, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - California State University Los Angeles
  • Hauser & Wirth: Community Impact Media Documentaries Premiere
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 16, 2022
    North American Premiere
Director - Winter Asprec
Director Statement

I directed this film, Crop Swap LA, as a part of an initiative to highlight local non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. After conducting my research on the Crop Swap LA organization, I quickly felt a connection to their mission of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the food deserts and food-insecure neighborhoods in local Los Angeles communities. When my team and I first met with the founder and executive director, Jamiah Hargins, we made an instant connection and knew that their message and our creative vision would mesh really well. I am very grateful to the Crop Swap LA team for letting us share their story and also to my crew, for helping me realize my creative vision for this project. As a first-time director and a novice in the world of documentary filmmaking, I am very proud of how this short film turned out and I hope that audiences are compelled to look for ways that they can make a difference in their communities.