Our Baking 101 workshop at Michelle’s house was a tasty success!
In true Transition style, our goal was to help re-skill people about baking to encourage more kitchen confidence. And in true experiential learning style (Michelle’s background), the afternoon was hand’s-on and exploratory instead of lecture and demonstration so we all dove in to the process. Some participants shared some baking wisdom and techniques while others had their first try at a rolling pin or an “egg wash” glaze.
Flour from a Coffee Grinder
Pulsing the Food Processor
Wheatberries in the Grain Mill
Hand Cranked Grain Mill
Primitive Mortar & Pestle
THE FLOUR EXPERIMENT: First, we found out that flour doesn’t necessarily have to come in a bag from the store! But can we make flour without the help of electricity? (YES!) Does pie dough HAVE to be made from wheat, or what else works? We experimented with making almond flour with a mortar & pestle (actually a Mexican Molcajete made from volcanic rock), a coffee grinder, and a food processor. Many of us took turns hand-cranking the Country Living Hand Grain Mill, turning wheatberries and whole grain rice into fine soft flours. We also had back-up bags of both wheat & gluten-free flours, including sorghum flour to test different blends for our hand pies.
Next, we mixed & rolled out our various doughs and prepared our apple fillings. Here’s the crew in various phases of production.
Filling the hand pies
Shaping the hand pies
Apple Slicing Crew
THE RESULTS: We all learned that basic baking is simple and easy. And also that experimenting is highly recommended! The almond flours were a bit too crumbly for crusts so will require further testing (but will make a great ice cream topping for now!). Some of us added a dab of Marion’s homemade Jalapeno Pepper Relish to the fillings for a tasty kick.
We wrapped up the day with tea and hand pie tasting. There were even a few samples that made it home to loved ones.
All in all, a great afternoon of learning basic kitchen skills, building friendships & community, and celebrating the bounties of life!
We’re getting together at “the Little Blue House” to learn some baking basics while making some simple but lovely Hand Pies! This Transition Town re-skilling workshop is ideal for beginners.
BAKING 101: HAND PIES!
Sat, Oct 13, 2012, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: A home in the Culver City Lindbergh Park Neighborhood
RSVP for Address: 310-390-3021 or email us
The plan is to experiment with grinding our own flour using various nuts and grains, discuss gluten-free baking, and make fun pie fillings from seasonal organic fruits, berries & veggies. Then we’ll roll out our dough and craft & bake our miniature pies. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a High Tea @ 4 pm to celebrate our creations!
BYO: Apron & fillings contribution (there will be some fillings on hand, but you’re invited to bring something creative from home as well.) A donation for materials reimbursement is welcome but not mandatory.
Hand pies are the perfect portable potluck offering:
easily transportable by bike!
We’re teaming up with Transition Mar Vista to present this awesome afternoon of inspiration!
AWAKENING THE DREAMER, CHANGING THE DREAM
Saturday, September 29 from 2:00–6:00pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave. Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Calling all citizens of Planet Earth!
Our world needs us to be
awake and active now more than ever.
This half-day symposium provides dynamic group interactions, leading-edge information, and inspiring multimedia to empower participants to respond to humanity’s current situation with informed, grounded optimism and clear-headed action plans for the future.
Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to feel connected with other change-makers in local and global community and be empowered to help accelerate the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.
Followed by a community potluck meal — bring a dish to share.
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-822-9642
See trailer at www.AwakeningTheDreamer.org (Pachamama Alliance)
MYSTERY PHOTO CAPTION: Cappuccino Latte Froth?
No, it’s an aerial view of the Baldwin Hills oil fields between La Cienega and WLAC’s College Blvd — the largest contiguous urban oil field in the U.S.
This area has become a focal point for Fracking discussions in Southern California as concerned citizens seek accurate and trustworthy information and momentum builds to put a moratorium or ban on this controversial drilling trend that’s been sweeping the nation in the name of energy autonomy.
So what’s going on below ground?
Are Southern Californian oil fields like Baldwin Hills the same as other fields across the nation? Is horizontal fracking happening here? Is the technology safe? Can gas & chemicals migrate? How do we protect our precious water resources? Does fracking trigger earthquakes? Who’s monitoring the drilling? What’s going on with Assembly Bill 972?
Get the scoop on all this and more at:
FRACKING AWARENESS NIGHT at the Aero Theatre!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — 7:30 pm
DETAILS IN PREVIOUS POST>>
This educational evening of film, panel discussion and Q&A focuses on the issues from a Southern California perspective. Action plans will also be discussed.
• PAUL FERRAZZI, Executive Director of the County-wide Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community
• DR. CLYDE TOM WILLIAMS, retired oil/gas field specialist
• MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS, Culver City Council Member
The Panel will be moderated by DONALD STRAUSS, MFA, Founding Chair and Core Faculty, Urban Sustainability Master of Arts at Antioch University. Donald has an interest in urban ecosystems and global environmental change narratives.
Proposed Blair Hills Nature Center
Community Planning Meeting #2
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Community Room
4100 South La Cienega Blvd.
For information, contact Shawn McAdory, 323-298-3660
Please join the L.A. County Parks & Rec and the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority to share your ideas for a future Nature Center in our community! They are also gathering input on any environmental issues that residents, community organizations and interested stakeholders believe should be analyzed as part of the development process.
The location of the proposed nature center is on Stoneview Drive in Blair Hills, site of the former Ohr Eliyahu Academy. Here’s a glimpse:
Nestled in Blair Hills between Kenneth Hahn Park & the Baldwin Hills Overlook
Fracking Awareness Night @ The Aero!
Screening of Josh Fox’s Documentary GasLand and
“Emergency Short” The Sky Is Pink & Live Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
$11, $9 senior or student w/i.d.
Advance tickets will be available thru fandango.com a week before the screening
What is Fracking?
Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented gas drilling boom brought on by a controversial technology called horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” into our domestic shale rock formations. Seeking ways to squeeze a yield from depleted oil fields, natural gas producers all over the country are forcing trapped natural gas up & out via high-pressure injecting millions of gallons of water, sand & toxic chemicals.
Come be a part of a fully informed public!
FRACKING AWARENESS NIGHT includes a screening of Josh Fox’s new 2012 “emergency short” The Sky Is Pink plus his Academy Award-nominated 2010 documentary GasLand, followed by a panel discussion of the issues framed in our local context.
Panel moderator is DONALD STRAUSS, MFA, Founding Chair and Core Faculty, Urban Sustainability Master of Arts at Antioch University. Donald has an interest in urban ecosystems and global environmental change narratives.
TCC teams up with the Aero Theatre and local groups Sierra Club West L.A. Chapter, Frack-Free Culver City, and Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community plus national non-profit Food & Water Watch to present this informative event.
Here’s a report from Food & Water Watch:
photo: J. Oyama
With this motion, Culver City becomes the first California municipality to approve a resolution to call for a statewide ban against fracking.
Prior to Monday night’s (July 2, 2012) vote, the council was considering calling on the state for a moratorium. However, as Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells stated on the dais: “We have to be bold. The state needs pressure. We don’t have time to mess around. The message really does matter—‘Ban’ sends a strong message.” Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper echoed Sahli-Wells’ sentiments, stating, “ ’Ban’ shows we’re serious. We should let the state know how we really feel.” Initially, Councilmembers Jim Clarke and Micheal O’Leary favored a moratorium over a ban but… Read the entire Council report on Culver City PATCH >>
As a longtime steering committee member of Transition Culver City, Meghan has a firm understanding in local environmental issues—and now she serves our entire city in an official capacity! Meghan showed great courage and elegant statesmanship at the meeting as she remained true to her position until all five councilmembers achieved consensus. Here’s what Meghan had to say post-meeting on Culver City Patch:
Demonstration at City Hall, June 12. Photo by Kate Parkinson-Morgan
“Words matter. The original resolution called for a moratorium… but after hearing from scores of residents over the last several months and reading many studies, reports, and articles, I made the motion to change the word moratorium in the resolution to ban.” Read Meghan’s whole commentary on PATCH >>
A bold first step has been made by our City Council in protecting the health of our environment and our citizens. To be continued!
SEE THE FILM TRAILER >>
TCC joins with the non-profit L.A. organization Living Economy Salon to announce this unique Documentary and onscreen Panel Discussion coming to the Pacific Culver Stadium Theatres on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012—part of a nationwide screening in atleast 50 theatres in cities across the United States.
According to the Transition U.S. website, this is an unprecedented opportunity to be a part of a national effort to support local economic initiatives. Due to a wildly successful PBS version, the filmmakers have made a new feature-length version of the documentary & accompanying pre-taped panel discussion that you can be among the first to see.
FIXING THE FUTURE
Documentary & On-Screen Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
7:30 -10:00 pm
Culver Pacific Stadium 12 Theatres
9500 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
(Tickets will be sold at the box office, or available in advance thru MovieTickets.com)
ABOUT THE FILM: In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by economic collapse.
The film highlights effective, local practices such as: local business alliances, community banking, time banking/hour exchange, worker cooperatives and local currencies.
Following the documentary audiences will enjoy an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring luminaries:
• Bill McKibben, author, educator and environmentalist, creator of 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis
• Majora Carter, urban renewal eco-activist whose motto is “green the ghetto!”
• Mike Brady, owner of the successful gourmet Greyston Bakery , a leading model for social enterprise and community economic renewal
• David Brancaccio, reporter, anchor and storyteller.
Attendees will also be introduced to our community’s local time banking endeavor, Our Time Bank. Founded in 2009, OTB is a member-led group of community members in Culver City, Palms and Mar Vista who use an internet-based indirect bartering system to promote a Sharing Economy.
About Transition U.S. >>
Living Economy Salon‘s mission is to foster a dialogue and connect people around new innovations in economic models that promise a more fair and abundant economy for all. They put on other fun & informative events . Check them out >>
TCC will be sharing the reDiscover Center space with the Young Makers as we host our first fix-it workshop! You are invited to come play with our tools and gain some repair skills under the protective wing of one of our friendly Transition Work Party fix-it folks.
TCC Fix-It Workshop #1
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
11 am – 2 pm
12958 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90066
$5 requested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Here’s what we know for sure we’ll be fiddling with, but feel free to bring in whatever broken object you have that you’d like to take a crack at (with some help of course):
- • repairing audio earbuds
- • minor jewelry repairs
- • fixing a jammed CD player
- • re-caning a chair…
- • and who knows what else?
While the Young Makers are busy with their Mega Take-Apart Crafternoon for Kids (making kinetic art out of what they’ve deconstructed), we’ll be there to provide another perspective—seeing if we can make broken things work again! All ages welcome with adult supervision.
One of the goals of the Transition movement is to help re-skill the populace, helping spread Do-It-Yourself resilience in communities as we head into increasingly uncertain times. Re-skilling also helps encourage the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Repurpose/Repair paradigm. In the past TCC has hosted repurposing clothes parties, a twilight bike ride to Bikerowave to learn some basic bike repair, on-the-job carpentry trainings while building a chicken coop, and a concrete post installation mini-course at a rainwater-harvesting system installation work party.
Fix It, Don't Nix It!
But Transition isn’t the only group tuned into the importance of building community around learning D.I.Y. skills and finding fun ways to fulfill that goal. The Fix-It movement is gaining momentum on many fronts! Annie Leonard, famous for her funny and informative Story of Stuff animation, just posted a 20 minute audio called Fix It, Don’t Nix It>>
Then there’s online resources like iFixIt.org and instructables.com where you can find easy visual instructions to fix just about anything to turn yourself from a consumer into a “maker”… and Maker Faires springing up all over North America—family-friendly conventions operating under the credo “Make, Create, Learn, Hack, Invent, Craft, Innovate, Build, Play!”
Right in Culver City are our new friends Crash Space who call themselves “a collection of hackers, programmers, builders, makers, artists and people who generally like to break things and see what new things we can build with the pieces.” They’re situated in a storefront on Venice Blvd. and have lots of creative projects and events going on, so check them out! (We think the Young Makers with whom we will be sharing the reDiscover space are somehow related to the Crash Space folks, but we’ll know more about that after June 30th).
Weekly Fix-It gathering @ Proteus Gowanus in NYC
The New York Times ran an article called The Art of Repair about a Fix-It collective in NYC that evolved from an Art Gallery project. According to the article, a tiny room at the Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn has become the home to the Fixers Collective, an art project turned community group that meets weekly at the gallery. The collective began as a workshop in the spring of 2008 as part of a yearlong exhibition called “Mend” with the simple, useful premise: people bring broken objects to be fixed, or else come empty-handed with a willingness to help others fix things. No expertise is required. “We call it ‘improvisational’ mending,’ ” said Tammy Pittman, a director of the gallery….
Read the whole story >>
Participate in the cultural renaissance of repair!
So come empower yourself by building new skills at the reDiscover Center on June 30th!
A short report on TCC’s participation in Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase which occurred on Earth Day—April 21st, 2012:
The Bike Corral came in handy as the TCC Bike Tour of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase arrived en masse at the first garden on their itinerary.
- We made it! Michelle leads the TCC Bike Caravan to House #1 on the Green Garden Showcase Tour
After lemonade and snacks, the group settled in for TCC’s presentation, “D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget.” Attendees picked up some helpful tips for finding inexpensive and creative ways to convert a conventional lawn into a drought-tolerant landscape.
This Showcase location exemplifies the D.I.Y. philosophy: it features a bistro-style patio hardscape, “urbanite” terraces, meandering flagstone walkways and a homemade park bench, dwarf fruit trees & stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives, plus two methods of rainwater capture—all accomplished D.I.Y. and under strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled, or free!).
The TCC bike caravan then rode five blocks west to the next Showcase garden on their itinerary, Yuling’s fabulous Chinese herbal garden, before heading to points beyond. Perhaps a full report of the Bike Tour will appear here soon…
Below is some information from the hand-out from D.I.Y. presentation, including resource links… Enjoy!
• • •
D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Creative Lawn Conversions On a Budget
(Recycled • Used • Repurposed • Unwanted & Abandoned: It’s All Good!)
Presented by Transition Culver City
Saturday, April 21, 2012 • 11:30 a.m.
•1st Step is Observation: How does nature function on your property thru the seasons? (sun, wind, water).
• Identify your Zones around your home & personal usage patterns
• Will the project be gradual, step-wise, or a grand transformation?
SOIL, COMPOST, MULCH, & OTHER HARDSCAPING MATERIALS:
• Neighbors, Noticing Your Environment, Word of Mouth in the Community
• Freecycle, Craig’s List, Free Green Exchange, etc.
• Our Time Bank: Sharing Economy (from materials urbanite to tool borrowing)
• Free Mulch & Compost from LA City
• Mulch: Ask local tree trimming companies working in your neighborhood
• Soil: look for local remodel activity
• Venice Learning Garden (donations appreciated) — mulch & compost
• Sharing clippings & seeds with neighbors
• Venice Learning Garden — just ask what needs cleaning up… and reap the benefits by leaving with clippings & rootballs
• Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) — non-GMO, heirloom seed — come swap & learn about seed saving!
• Unlabeled plants at the gardening shops— deep discounts
• Once again, Freecycle, Craig’s List, Free Green Exchange, etc.
Repurposed & Make It Yourself Items:
• “Stacking Functions” = many yields from a single element
Examples: Benches, bistro planters, pavers, bamboo trellises and gates, “hugelkultur,” greenhouse.
Getting The Work Done:
• Work parties — Barn Raising Style
• Our Time Bank — work trade
• Teen or college-student labor from the neighborhood or recommended by friends