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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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/
Bring water bottle, gloves and a shovel (with your name on it), if you have them.
Transition Culver City and Art Lee, founder of Skillbulder meet-up group are offering a Greywater Installation workshop, where you’ll learn to install a laundry-to-landscape-according-to-code conversion.
As everyone knows, water is probably the most important resource for every living species on our planet. Instead of dumping your water back to the sewer system and into the ocean, learn how to double the usage of your water and grow your fruit trees and perennials! This also saves you money by reducing your water usage.
The class will cover all the information you need to install a system at your home, to L.A. County code specifications.
A little about our instructor, Art Lee…..On his Skillbuilders meet-up site, Art provides the following description of himself:
CLOTHES & FABRIC REPURPOSING WORKSHOP Sat, August 24, 2013 — 1pm – 5pm Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey 20292
It’s time for our semi-regular fabric upcycling event! Learn a new skill with the encouragement of skilled sewers, be creative making something new out of something used, have fun in a community setting… Need we say more?
Beginners Welcome! No experience necessary since there’s always plenty of friendly folks on hand to help with designing, cutting, pinning, and machine-sewing. Bring a sack of clean, old clothes for the mix&match table.
Come hang out @ the Little Blue House for a fun and interactive chicken-keeping teach-in! Meet the chickens, see the henhouse and chicken run. Learn how raising chickens and veggies can be complementary activities. Featuring guest speakers the Gardenerd & HoneyLove! We’ll wrap up the afternoon with a potluck feast.
& POTLUCK PARTY Little Blue House—Culver City 90230 For specific address, RSVP TransitionCulverCity@gmail.com or text or call 310-780-1051 (please RSVP for a head count)
Workshop is free—
Donations are welcome (helps support future events).
Please bring a potluck dish for 8-10 people.
About Our Guest Presenters:
Christy Wilhelmi will talk to us about chickens as gardening companions and the “workhorses” of a healthy garden ecosystem plus other kernals of wisdom from her new book Gardening for Geeks which she’ll have on hand for purchase. ” REVIEW: “Gardening for Geeks is written in easy to understand language that will be useful for both the beginner and advanced gardener. There are loads of photographs, drawings and charts to help you see exactly what the author is covering in each chapter. If you pick up one gardening book this season, this needs to be it.” – Confessions of an Overworked Mom
HoneyLove’s Chelsea McFarland will pop by to speak for the bees! A local nonprofit conservation organization, HoneyLove’s mission is to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. Why urban beekeeping? HoneyLove believes that the city is the last refuge of the honeybee. Our home gardens are free of pesticides, and in cities like Los Angeles, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar.
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.
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!).
SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAYS… and have more fun with less stuff this holiday season.
Join us for this creative and experiential workshop and explore ways to make the holidays more meaningful. Enjoy inspiring conversation combined with an “idea table” including templates for craft projects to do at home, and hands-on paper and fabric projects. Learn to make simple gifts such as sachets, homemade moisturizer, and decorated containers. We’ll also show how to make your own giftwrap and holiday decorations from recyclables—fun to create, lovely to receive. Children welcome with supervising adult. Hosted by reDiscover Center, Transition Mar Vista/Venice and TCC.
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1-4:30 pm
WHERE reDiscover Center, 12958 Washington Blvd, LA 90066
(Use back alley entrance – look for big green sliding gate)
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!
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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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com -or- (310)845-5831
—– Also don’t miss the Eco-movie night on Saturday 6:30 pm – see this post for details! —–