Monday, September 17, 2018

Master Gardeners September 23, 2018


Autumn garden plants & advice

The UC Cooperative Extension/LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent at their usual spot this coming Sunday, September 23rd.  

Baby Kale
This week they'll have some seasonal seed packets, information on what to do in garden in the autumn, and the following plants to give away:

  • Baby kale. It's an heirloom variety that will mature into little plants which are the  Master Gardeners think are best harvested young like lettuces.
  • A few spinach, lettuce and rainbow chard.
Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sugar snap peas -- delicious, eat them, pods and all.

  • Cilantro/Coriander plants. Lucky you!  We have a slow-bolting variety and grows well in good containers. Use the fresh leaves for their intense tangy flavor.  Allow some plants to mature and save the Coriander seed.  Can be grown inside in a bright sunny window.

  • Earn some good karma by bringing your old six-pack trays so we can continue to grow seedlings for your gardening pleasure.  THANKS!

Swap Society September 30, 2018


Swap Society comes back this Sunday to the Mar Vista Farmer's Market!


Do you love fashion but also have concerns about the impact the fashion industry has on our fragile environment?  If you aren't concerned, here are 3 reasons you should be...

      The apparel industry is the 4th largest industrial polluter and accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions.
      The average American sends 70 pounds of clothes to landfills every year. That's 21 billion pounds of post consumer textile waste per year!
      Less than 20% of what gets donated to charities gets resold.
Click here to learn more... 

"Swap Society is taking swapping to
the next level,: Cristina Lozano,
Style Indigo
SWAPPING CLOTHING - EASY ON THE PLANET, EASY ON YOUR WALLET
Swapping clothes has been around forever. Graduating from simple one-on-one transactions (Hey, Gal Pal, would you like my blue sweater?  I'm kind of over it..) to semi-organized clothing swaps.   Now Swap Society takes clothing swapping and up-cycling to a whole new level.  It serves as a virtual clothing swap for women and kids that gives you equal value for your clothes. SwapSociety members refresh their wardrobes without the guilt that fast fashion perpetuates, with the added reward of saving money by not buying new.  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Master Gardeners September 23 2018


Autumn garden plants & advice

The UC Cooperative Extension/LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent at their usual spot this coming Sunday, September 23rd.  

Baby Kale
This week they'll have some seasonal seed packets, information on what to do in garden in the autumn, and the following plants to give away:

  • Baby kale. It's an heirloom variety that will mature into little plants which are the  Master Gardeners think are best harvested young like lettuces.
  • A few spinach, lettuce and rainbow chard.
Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sugar snap peas -- delicious, eat them, pods and all.

  • Cilantro/Coriander plants. Lucky you!  We have a slow-bolting variety and grows well in good containers. Use the fresh leaves for their intense tangy flavor.  Allow some plants to mature and save the Coriander seed.  Can be grown inside in a bright sunny window.

  • Earn some good karma by bringing your old six-pack trays so we can continue to grow seedlings for your gardening pleasure.  THANKS!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ballona Wetlands - September 16, 2018

BALLONA WETLANDS

...an environmental treasure in our own back yard 


Photo of Great Horned Owl by Jonathan Coffin
You may have heard about the 600+ acres of the Ballona Wetlands just to the south and west of Mar Vista. But have you visited this wild habitat where coyote and the beautiful and rare White Tailed Kite hunt?

Drop by the Green Tent on Sunday, September 16, to learn about this fragile mosaic of different habitats: seasonal ponds, wet meadows, salt pannes, sand dunes and prairie grassland. 

Photo of Coyote by Jonathan Coffin
Biologist Roy Van de Hoek (perhaps you know him from the Feathers & Foliage walks in Mar Vista or have seen his Blue Bird houses in our trees) and Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of the Ballona Institute will be on hand to talk with you. Ballona Institute is known as "The Voice for nature on the Los Angeles Coast."
Photo of one of the historical sloughs at 
Ballona Wetlands by Marcia Hanscom



Click here to learn about the threats and treasures at Ballona. And watch this video to see just some of the miracles at the water's edge.


According to the Drawdown data, Coastal wetland ecosystems are one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming.
Relative to their land area, they sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants aboveground and in roots and soils below.

Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils. 

Learn about Ballona Institute's latest campaigns, including the most important one of all - the threat that bulldozers we once chased from the Ballona Wetlands are threatening to return! Stop by to learn what YOU can do to help save the Ballona Wetlands again!



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pachamama + Drawdown September 9, 2018

YES, WE CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING!!!




We know you want to be part of the solution for saving Planet Earth, so which steps are the most effective in actually removing carbon from the atmosphere?
Pachamama Alliance in conjunction with Project Drawdown will help you discover which of the top 100 solutions you are already implementing.  Create your own refrigerator magnet to keep you focused on solutions instead of problems.

Mark your calendars.  The Drawdown Workshop Series is coming! Located only a few blocks from the Farmer's Market, at St. Bede's Church, this stimulating workshop will renew your hope for our future and ensure that you will have to tools to be a change-maker.  

FREE Introduction:  Awakening the Dreamer symposium 
Thursday, September 27 6:30 Registration, 7:00 start time

Drawdown Workshop Series:  Five consecutive Thursdays.- October 4- November 1 $125.   7:00 p.m. start time

Location: 3590 Grand View Blvd, L.A. 90066
r.s.v.p. and questions to ncurland@gmail.com

Pachamama Alliance engages and educates about climate change, how to reverse global warming, and bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet.  

Learn what YOU can do to help reverse global warming, and how shopping at the farmer's market is already a big step towards creating sustainable, resilient communities!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

ART WALK is coming!!!


Get a preview of the upcoming Mar Vista Art Walk at the Green Tent!

Created as a means of improving the walkability of our neighborhood, The Mar Vista Art Walk is a fun, FREE celebration of all the arts.  More walking = fewer cars + less greenhouse gas + better health! 


Designated one of Mayor Garcetti’s “Great Streets”, the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Blvd – Beethoven St. will be transformed by its current theme, SCIENCE.

This ART WALK explores the nexus between science and art.  Come check out cool, new tech, digital art, Ai, wearable and your favorite techno beats.

The September 6 Mar Vista Art Walk is  on its regular Thursday night schedule -- opening at 6 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. Special activities for families with pre-school aged children start at New School West/ and A Kid's Place preschools at 4:30 p.m. There will stil be plenty of daylight hours - sunset's just after 7 p.m.- and great weather, so keep that in mind as you plan your activities. 

The final 2018 Mar Vista Art Walk is Saturday, November 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (all day event for Small Business Saturday. Theme: INNER GIVING.

The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists, with the enthusiastic support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin, the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets” Initiative, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Michelle Pine Rappoport-KW Realty, KW Realty-Silicon Beach, RSI, Earthstar Creation Center and the M & R Vest Foundation.  The ART WALK this time welcomes new sponsors GetaroundJC DecauxMedMen and the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce!

Visit the Mar VIsta Art Walk page on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or go to http://www.marvistaartwalk.org for more information.