Sheet mulching’s an alternative way to lose the lawn and prepare for planting.
Join us for a GrassUpRoots Plant-in Party
When: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Private residence, Leimert Park neighborhood. Please rsvp for address: email@example.com or call 310-780-1051.
There’s a drought , you’ve heard about it, so what better time to lose the lawn and replace it with a more sustainable garden. Join us for planting fun and community. Learn how to get rid of your lawn the Transition way…with a party!
This homeowner’s yard has been sheet mulched, so we will be digging holes and planting California natives. Bring gloves, work shoes, shovel and/or trowel, hat. Lunch will be provided.
Please rsvp for address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-780-1051.
For information on sheet mulching: http://www.patternliteracy.com/books/gaias-garden/how-to-the-ultimate-bomb-proof-sheet-mulch
For info on water-saving gardening: http://www.bewaterwise.com/
Imagine a parkway designed for beauty and functionality; one that’s a gateway to your property, a habitat for local plant and bird species, AND a sponge that holds and cleanses precious water before it returns to the ocean.
When new parkway regulations were first presented to Culver City council in May 2013, Transition Culver City members decided this would be a perfect time to re-imagine our parkways. We wondered how parkway regs could match what we had already observed in our neighborhoods – parkways that were more than places to curb ones car or dog. Instead, we saw gathering places, native plant sanctuaries, and zen-like gardens.
We interviewed experts in the field of sustainable landscape, to harvest their knowledge. With the assistance of Flowtown Films, we decided to grow a parkway video.
We would like to thank the people and organizations who were involved in the making of this film:
Become a catalyst for a free neighborhood book exchange! Help build, paint, and install a Little Free Library Box to place in front of your own house or office or someone else’s. We’ll have some tools and experts on hand to help you with carpentry. We’ll be using recycled materials – bring some if you have them.
This event is a re-purposing and re-skilling workshop all-in-one! And its fun!
What is a Little Free Library? “Take a Book, Leave a Book.” It’s a box the size of a small cabinet that you can fill with books you are willing to share. Little Free Libraries create a welcoming space for friends and neighbors. When you place a Little Free Library at a community center, church, temple or even in the yard of your own home, it becomes a hub for sharing books and ideas…it can become a fun place to take tea with friends and have nourishing discussions.
Personalize your Library Box to fit your style and message.
This time, we’ll be sharing the basics of bread baking from yeast to feast ! We’ll have all the bread-baking phases ready to demo this afternoon so attendees can experience the entire process of making sourdough loaves from scratch. We’ll finish up with bread tasting & community tea. Bring an apron if you have one. This event great for beginners!
Each attendee will receive a portion of sourdough starter to take home.
RE-SKILLING WORKSHOP: Learn How to Make Your Own Reusable Grocery Bags SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 1-3:30 pm
Join us for a Social-Guerrilla-Sewing Party! It’s partly a celebration of Culver City’s upcoming shift away from single use plastic grocery bags, and partly a chance to pass along some basic sewing skills in a festive, cozy, cooperative setting. We’ll have several experienced sewers on hand to teach how to sew your own reusable grocery bags from a simple pattern. Come start (or add on to) your collection of grocery bags made out of creative and fun fabrics! Beginners welcome, as are experienced sewers w/machines. (Our Time Bank members—Culver City/Palms/Mar Vista/Venice/WLA/Westchester & MdR areas—earn hours if you come with your machine!)
Bring your own fabric if you have some—preferably on the strong side (even used clothing can be repurposed!), and we’ll also have some fabric on hand (many thanks to Anna Burleigh!).
Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 9 am – 3 pm 11375 Matteson Ave. LA 90066 FREE!
Come join local Transition groups and friends for this barn-raising-style garden work party!
Rain gardens provide no-cost irrigation to the homeowner while helping replenish our local aquifer. You can learn on-the-job how to install a simple passive, hidden “reservoir” for rain water collection to transform a patch of residential dirt yard into a garden of edible CA native currants & gooseberries.
Landscape architect John Tikotsky will be on hand to lead the troops as well as give short teach-ins on how to calculate your roof’s water catching capacity and other basic water catchment strategies for people thinking about including rain harvesting in their garden plan.
Depending on number of volunteers, we will have fun while we:
1. Dig the pits & sculpt berms to create our reservoir,
2. Install subsurface pipes from the rainwater tanks,
3. Fill the reservoir with mulch,
4. Plant trellised Ribes: best edible CA native for this shady understory
region under parkway trees
Bring gardening gloves and sturdy shoes. Some tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. The day includes lunch and other refreshments, some music and lots of good cheer. Volunteers of every level of expertise are welcome!
Please RSVP: TransitionCulverCity@gmail.com
Co-hosted by Transition Culver City and Transition Mar Vista/Venice.
Join the Work Party — Saturday, June 25th 9am-2pm & Sunday, June 26th, 9am-3pm
on Madison Ave. in Culver City (please RSVP email@example.com for address)
Grass-UP-Roots campaign launch in April
Come help convert a local lawn into a sustainable garden, with food, music & lots of community spirit. The Transition Culver City Grass-UP-Roots Campaign is a pay-it-forward work party (with emphasis on the party!) where two Culver City homes are being awarded the “treatment” of experienced on-site lawn conversion guidance and support plus access to materials in order to transform their front lawns into drought tolerant food gardens.
On Saturday, June 25th, we will gather materials for our first lawn conversion and prep the site for the next workday. On Sunday, we will sheet-mulch and plant.
Volunteers are a key element of the project. Participants will learn first hand how to transform a lawn to a water-conserving space for natives, vegetables and other plants suitable for a Mediterranean climate. Bring gloves, sunscreen & your garden tools or use tools provided. Part of the fun is a group meal provided by the host for all the volunteers.
The Grass-up-Roots campaign offers an opportunity to build community in your neighborhood, make new friends and have fun while tackling a large project. Picture old-fashioned barn-raising—conquering inertia for change through camaraderie and skillful goodwill. Fill out the volunteer form here.
RSVP for address and more info: firstname.lastname@example.org -or- (310)845-5831
—– Also don’t miss the Eco-movie night on Saturday 6:30 pm – see this post for details! —–
Grass-UP-Roots Campaign: Culver City Lawn Conversion Work Party Launches April 30, 2011
If you’ve been thinking about swapping out your front lawn for a more sustainable garden solution but lack the know-how or get stuck on the daunting size of the task, come catch the wave of change with Transition Culver City’s (TCC) Grass-UP-Roots Campaign launching April 30 at the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.
The Grass-UP-Roots campaign is a pay-it-forward Work Party (with emphasis on the party!) where two Culver City homes will be awarded the “treatment” of experienced on-site lawn conversion guidance and support plus access to materials in order to transform their front lawns into drought tolerant food gardens. In true TCC style, the campaign offers an opportunity to build community in your neighborhood, make new friends and have fun while tackling a large project. Picture old-fashioned barn-raising Transition-style—conquering inertia through camaraderie and skillful goodwill.
The Grass-up-Roots Campaign launches on April 30 at 1:30 pm with a DIY Lawn Removal Q&A Forum at the Blades residence, one of the homes participating in the Mar Vista Garden Showcase taking place that day (details below).
If you wish to participate in the contest to be chosen as one of the two Spring/Summer Grass-up-Roots project houses, fill out the TCC online survey and tell us why you deserve the Grass-up-Roots team to come help you take the leap
toward sustainability. The TCC selection committee will award two Culver City homes the honor, to be scheduled sometime between May 30 & Sept 1. Go to the online application.
Applications will also be available at the Launch on April 30.
All applications due by May 7, 2011.
Hints from the selection committee: can you rustle up your own crew from the family or neighborhood? Are you interested in learning how to grow edibles? Volunteering to help others start a garden? Sharing produce with your community?
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, a major factor in escalating water demand in California is the dominant land-use pattern of single-family homes with lush lawns. An edible garden uses half as much water as a span of green turf while providing hundreds of pounds of food per year, increasing a family’s grocery resilience in challenging times.
Be a part of the solution! Let the Grass-UP-Roots Campaign ignite your passion for sustainable community change. Whether or not your home is selected as one of the project houses, TCC hopes that the networking and information exchange at the DIY workshop will lead to neighbors helping neighbors reach sustainable living goals.
The informational DIY Lawn Removal Q&A includes a forum of Culver City homeowners who have
navigated the transformation sharing their experiences….what worked and some pitfalls to avoid.
John Tikotsky, sustainable landscape architect, will also be on hand with professional tips.
See the event flyer here: Mar Vista Garden Showcase & DYI Lawn Removal Flyer
Meet at 1:30 pm at:
The Blades Family home,
11375 Matteson Ave
Los Angeles CA 90066
(Map 1-K of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase homes).
Description and directions here.
Want to bike to the Grass-UP-Roots launch and tour the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase afterwards? Meet TCC members at 12:30 pm at Culver City Hall for the ride to Mar Vista.
Transition Culver City (TCC) is a grassroots organization seeking community
solutions to the global challenges of climate change, peak oil, and economic
instability. TCC is a part of the international Transition movement and is one
local group in a growing network of Transition initiatives throughout Los
Angeles County. See our website for more info.