A busy afternoon
Experience the joys of Backyard Chicken-keeping!
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
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.
11375 Matteson Ave. — Showcase Garden #5F — Transition Town Guest Booth
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10 am – 4 pm
SELF-GUIDED TOUR of 100 RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
Throughout our Community!
Tour Maps available at:
Showcase Central — House #4H >>
Transition Town Guest Booth — House #5F >>
11375 Matteson Avenue, L.A. 90066
This annual Earth Day event in Mar Vista offers self-guided tours of 100 home gardens that exemplify environmentally friendly alternatives to the classic lawn. These local homeowners, renters, schools and churches have all taken the leap and converted their thirsty green expanses into drought-tolerant landscapes and edible gardens. The tour covers the spectrum from homespun do-it-yourself projects to professionally landscaped environments—including urban farms, sleek architectural hardscapes, composting & vermiculture, rain harvesting, aquaponics, chicken coops, sculpture gardens, hummingbird gardens… you name it! This year’s tour places special emphasis on the critical need for ocean friendly gardens and California native gardens that support much needed pollinators such as honey bees and monarch butterflies. It’s a great day to gather ideas and inspiration for your own future lawn conversion!
The International TRANSITION TOWNS movement will be represented at the special guest booth at house #5F, 11375 Matteson Ave., Los Angeles CA 90066. It’s a collaboration between two local chapters: TCC (of course) and our neighbors, Transition Mar Vista/Venice. So if you’re not in a hurry to see the other 99 showcase gardens, there’s plenty of al fresco patio areas here to sit down, pour a lemonade, and hang out to chat with like-minded people about community resilience, food security solutions, permaculture, alternative building, water harvesting, food forests, and much more.
Learn about Transition Mar Vista/Venice’s pay-it-forward Good Karma Gardens work parties—they’re a great way to get started if you want to learn how to grow your own food! And if you need even more motivation to drop by, come by to meet seedling master Matt Van Diepen (of Mar Vista Farmers’ Market fame!) who will be on hand with FREE veggie seedling giveaways and advice on how to include more home-grown edibles in your life. Owner of Home Grown Gardens L.A., Matt is one of GKG’s skilled project coordinators.
This year, House #5F features dwarf fruit trees and berry bushes, a brilliant display of spring wildflowers, stealth veggies interspersed with drought tolerant natives, meandering flagstone pathways and do-it-yourself bistro-style hardscaping all done under strict budgetary parameters—everything cheap, recycled, scavenged and free! For helpful Do-It-Yourself tips, read the event report and access the resource links from last year’s Showcase workshop D.I.Y.: Yes You Can!: Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget.
Another feature at this location is an unusual “hybrid” active and passive urban rainwater harvesting system. Last winter the homeowners hosted a barn-raising-style Work Party to install the system. (SEE VIDEO HERE!) The volunteer crew, wrangled by Transition-friendly landscape architect John Tikotsky, created a passive diversion “reservoir” to help recharge the aquifer, helped install unique vertical tanks (an alternative to conventional rain barrels) for active catchment, and positioned a subsurface diverter pipe to feed the percolation area. The reservoir berms were planted with California native currants (ribes family) and shade happy leafy greens as the beginnings of an edible food forest understory. All this, in one day—a true demonstration of the power of community!
PEDAL-POWER! FREE BICYCLE PARKING
In efforts to support our community’s shift to a fossil-free future, TCC and our friends at the Culver City Bicycle Coalition are co-hosting a “pop-up” bike corral at House # 5F. Celebrate Earth Day in style: Visitors are invited to lower their carbon footprint by cruising the garden tour by bike!
Showcase maps are available at the Transition Guest Booth or Showcase Central at House #4F at 3635 Grandview Blvd.
2012 Showcase Bike Corral
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 >>
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!
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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?
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
E A R T H D A Y 2 0 1 2
Saturday, April 21
10 am – 4 pm
Join us on a bike tour of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, including a FREE D.I.Y. presentation!
TCC Bicycle Meet-Up:
The fountain in front of Vet’s Park
(corner of Culver & Overland)
Our first stop on the Tour is House #5H (see description), for refreshments & a presentation by TCC:
D.I.Y.: Yes You Can!
Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget
11375 Matteson Ave., LA 90066
TCC's D.I.Y. Presentation @ the 2011 MV Green Garden Showcase
Bike Parking provided for the TCC Bike Tour!
This year’s D.I.Y. presentation by members of TCC will include creative ideas, resources & encouragement for converting a conventional lawn to a drought-tolerant landscape without breaking your budget. This location exemplifies the D.I.Y. philosophy: it features a bistro-style patio hardscape, ”urbanite” terraces, meandering flagstone walkways & a homemade park bench, dwarf fruit trees & stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives, plus two methods of rainwater capture—all done D.I.Y. & under strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled, or free!).
After the presentation we will make our way to several other Showcase homes (we’ll post the TCC bike tour route map soon). The plan is to cycle back to Vet’s Park sometime in the mid- to late-afternoon.
Remember to pack fluids & snacks or a light lunch (since we’ll be out mid-day).
RSVP Michelle: 310-780-1051
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! —–
The Westside Produce Exchange is a group of people who share the abundance from their gardens and kitchens with each other monthly. The core purpose of the produce exchange is to reduce food waste and ensure that the bounty of our yards can provide sustenance for others.
From Naomi – Westside Produce Exchange organizer
On Saturday, we had a beautiful, bountiful exchange, followed by a delicious potluck lunch in the Learning Garden. We had Oranges, Lemons, Meyer Lemons, Peaches, Cucumbers, Bush Beans, Celery, Fennel, Chard, Kale, Romaine, Sorrel, Eggs, Potatoes, Beets, Onions, Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, Sage, Mint, Stevia, Dried Herb Packets, Herbed Focaccia, Mini Bundt Cakes, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Wow! If I forgot something, I apologize, there was just SO much gorgeous produce and homemade treats this month.
The potluck was so much fun, I am already thinking about having a harvest potluck this fall. We shared lovely homemade local dishes, Farmer’s market tales, and gardening tips. Can’t wait for the next one!
Contact Naomi Curland firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up – read an article about the Westside Produce Exchange in the Venice Beachhead to learn more.
Photos from the exchange courtesy of Gillian Ferguson.