Monday, October 17, 2016

Master Gardeners - October 23rd

You might think that Fall is a time to rest in the garden but it’s really time to start your Spring garden! 

Plant some seeds, pick up some seedlings — all FREE! — on Sunday, October 23 as the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners  return to the Green Tent from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your gardening questions and curiosity; you could be starting a great winter salad garden right now!

A few weeks ago they planted up a bunch of seeds, some of which are ready for market and a few others that might not yet be big enough in time:

Snow peas — they’re great in stir fry, salad, raw or steamed. Eat them, pods and all — these are slender pods.

Turnips — the holidays are coming, root veggies are you best friends! Try these instead of mashed potatoes!

Kale —  everyone’s favorite superfood/green            

 Spearmint — This is a species of mint often used for medicinal purposes, loaded with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants; does not contain as much menthol as traditional mint

Baby napa cabbage - Use this in your kimchi or stir fry or just eat it in salads!

Nasturtiums     —  they’re edible flowers and yummy with a dash of goat cheese and balsamic vinegar, or toss them atop your salads for color.  But they grow like crazy and can cover an ugly wall! 

Arugula — practically self seeding once established, the flowers have a nutty flavor while the leaves are spiky and spicy! In England it’s called “rocket” — not sure why! 

There may be a few more surprises so stop by. Meantime, study up your Fall and Winter gardening basics by reading this verycomprehensive article.

And please don’t forget — if you have empty plastic six packs, bring them with you so the Master Gardeners can plant up more seeds for next month’s booth.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Garden School Foundation, October 16

This Sunday at The Green Tent, the Garden School Foundation will be making seed bombs — the perfect way to spread the love this fall! Bring the kiddos by to cultivate a new generation of guerrilla gardeners and teach the little ones that you can garden anywhere!

The Garden School Foundation stands as the premier model of garden-based education in Los Angeles. After 7 years at the 24th Street Elementary School in West Adams, they’ve developed not only a thriving, organized, beautiful, and sustainable garden classroom but a comprehensive curriculum that speaks to the particular needs of schools in under-served communities. Since 2003, they’ve been turning asphalt into ecosystems, working to create a healthy, educated and aware future generation that care for their bodies and for the earth. GSF’s Seed To Table (S2T) program, which is comprised of K-5 year-round curriculum, operates in six Title I elementary schools and their new Greenhouse Program teaches vocation-based curriculum to students with developmental disabilities at Widney Career and Transition Center. 

GSF holds Community Garden Days every month at their various sites, providing a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and volunteer in one of their school gardens. We have two upcoming Community Garden Days.The last one for October will be located at 24th Street Elementary School Saturday, October 29th from 10 am - 1 pm. Please visit their website if you are interested in participating on either day or at any future Community Garden Day. You will also find details for our upcoming V
irtual Harvest Moon Annual Giving Campaign, Greenhouse Seedling CSA Program, and news on their amazing expansion into 10 new schools providing teacher training workshops! Check out their website for more exciting things happening at The Garden School Foundation. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Selva International, October 9


SELVA International, a Mar Vista based environmental non-profit, has partnered with conservation biologist and sustainable landscape professional Steven Williams to offer EcoGardens, a landscape service to help you convert your water thirsty lawn to an ecological garden.

4536 Irvine Ave., Studio City 91364 - BEFORE
4536 Irvine Ave - AFTER (9/13/14 - Charlene Mathers)

Learn how your garden can:

• Conserve water
• Save money
• Grow native plants to attract birds and butterflies
• Reduce polluted runoff to our beaches
• Collect and use rainwater
• Support our local community - SELVA International hires and trains students at Venice Youth Build, an at-risk youth skills-building program, which also allows them to lower your cost.

At the Green TentSELVA International will display before and after pictures of sustainable, "Ocean Friendly Gardens." They'll have information handouts on SELVA's EcoGardens program, LADWP funded Hands On Workshops (HOWs), and Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens program. They'll have some CA native plants local to our area. Get your questions answered and free advice on ecological landscaping!

2006 S. Crescent Heights Blvd., LA, 90034 - BEFORE   
2006 S. Crescent Heights Blvd., LA, 90034 - AFTER (10/11/14 - David Beeler    )

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dreameco Crafts, October 2

DREAMECO CRAFTS is an eco friendly company born out of artistic sensibilities and household discards. They are artists and educators who are teaching the public how to use what they have in their homes to create art and household products and extend the life of their items to produce less waste. Classes include crafts, sewing and visual arts. Through classes, workshops and free events they turn strangers into neighbors.

DREAMECO CRAFTS will be at The Green Tent on Sunday, October 2nd, from 9am-2pm.  Stop by and learn about upcoming events including...

The first ever Fun-A-Day LA! Dreameco Crafts is putting together #FunADayLA for 2017! If you're interested in creating an art piece every day of January and then participating in a group show in February at Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean then share your idea at! This is a FREE UNJURIED ART SHOW! There will be classes in January to keep you on track!

Art by Amy. Stop by reDiscover Center to enjoy the mixed media work of Amy Bauer including creative ways to display your family and friend's art. From collages to mobiles and paintings to barrettes made from wall paper and old buttons! Plus an all ages workshop where you will create your own art to take home! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Master Gardeners, September 25

The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent on Sunday, September 25, from 9 am to 1 pm. This month they’re handing out free plants and seeds; here’s what they’ve grown for you and are bringing to the Farmers Market:

Lacinato Kale — everyone’s favorite, “Dinosaur” Kale aka Lacinato. The classic. And its baby brother/sister: Tuscan Baby Leaf Kale

Rainbow Chard — eye-catching vivid color combo, delicious and also ornamental

Nasturtiums — edible flowers

Broccoli Raab, aka rapini, a constant favorite with the Mar Vista crowd

Rosette Tatsoi — Asian greens

Gourmet Greens — Renee's Braising Mix

SUNFLOWERS!!! Come early, these are going to be very popular 

For tips on what to do and when in your Fall garden visit: Garden_Tips_for_Los_Angeles_County/.

Please don’t forget to bring your empty plastic six packs so the MGs can plant more good food and flowers for you next month.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ballona Institute, September 18

BALLONA WETLANDS 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 18, to learn more about these fragile and beautiful wetlands, which are a mosaic of different habitats: seasonal ponds, wet meadows, salt pannes, sand dunes, prairie grassland and more!

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 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."

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!
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.

Friday, September 9, 2016

School Gardens, September 11

Our local school gardens...making a difference

This Sunday at The Green Tent, the Garden School Foundation and representatives  are making seed bombs with the kiddos, cultivating a new generation of guerrilla gardeners and teaching the little ones that you can garden anywhere!

Representative from the Walgrove and Grand View Elementary school garden programs will also be on hand. Our students grow and cook organic vegetables right from their own gardens, learning elementary level botany and horticulture in the process. 

  • Which plants like hot weather and which ones like cold weather?

  • Why does it makes sense for us to eat food that is in season where we live?  

  • What are the 5 basics stages in the life cycle of a plant?

  • What is the best way to avoid getting stung by a bee?  (HINT: Don't act like a bear!)

Learn the answers to these questions and more as you play the Mystery Box Game. Then take the "Veggie Pledge".

The Garden School Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides interactive garden-based education to under served-children across LA in their outdoor living classrooms. Since 2003, they’ve been turning asphalt into ecosystems, working to create a healthy, educated and aware future generation that care for their bodies and for the earth.

Currently, they serve over 2500 students and their families at six Title 1 elementary schools, bringing to life what's taught in the classroom and giving kids the tools they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Greywater Systems, September 4

What is greywater? It's the "waste" water from your washing machine reused to water your fruit trees or perennial plants instead of being sent to the reclamation plant and then out to the ocean. 

With a greywater system, every time you do a load of laundry your plants get a good drink and you save money as well.

As everyone knows, California has experienced an extreme drought for many years and it will most likely continue. Water is probably the most important resource for every living species on our planet. Learn how to double the usage of your water!

Green Tent guest Art Lee holds workshops that cover all the information you need to install a grey water system at your house. He's bringing a mini greywater demo system so visitors  can see how it works and will answer your questions. He'll also have a signup sheet for those interested in attending a future workshop.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Master Gardeners, August 28

This week the Green Tent will be occupied by plants, seeds and the UC Master Gardeners of Los Angeles County from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Bring on the crazy climate: This month they've decided to try for a second summer season! They’ll bring lemon cucumbers, basil, bush beans, bush yellow scallop squash, zucchini, Swiss Chard and Bell peppers. 

Why not make a summer squash salad with your harvest? 

If you’ve been planting from “six packs” (those plastic containers that seedlings come in at nurseries), please bring yours to the Green Tent to recycle for next month’s planting session — after all, what they plant is for you! And they give away the seeds and plants they bring for free!

Don’t forget: be water wise. Click here for great ideas.

And if you’ve been wondering what to do and when to do it in your garden, check this great Garden Tips resource for monthly tips.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mar Vista Art Walk Preview, August 21

Created as a means of improving the walkability of our neighborhood, The Mar Vista ArtWalk 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”, this much-anticipated Music Edition of the Mar Vista Art Walk along the 1 mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Blvd and Beethoven Street will feature a multitude of live indie bands, jazz, acoustic, Latin, blue grass and more + 6 new street murals!

What makes this art walk unique is its emphasis on sidewalk engagement. Instead of indoor gallery hopping bound by 4 walls, visitors interact with artists everywhere -- on sidewalks, in alley parking lots and everywhere between. 

Food (including vegan options), indie bands, live street painting, film, art installations, emerging and established artists, dance and experimental video.

This event is made possible in part by grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Community Partners and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Special thanks to our sponsors Michelle Pine Rappoport KW Realty and organizers Green Communications Initiative, the enthusiastic support of Councilmember Mike Bonin and the Mar Vista Community Council.