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: http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/UC_Master_Gardener_Program/ 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

...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 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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Turning Trash into Art, August 14

Do you know the story of Rumplestilskin? A beautiful maiden is tasked with spinning straw into gold. We won’t spoil the ending by telling you what happens, but Mar Vista has it’s own magical tale. 

Federico “Fred” Ceballos finds discarded wood that is either headed for the landfill or, worse yet, sits in our alleys and becomes a home for black widow spiders. His love of art and desire to serve the community inspires him to turn these old desks, chunks of lumber, etc, into wooden “canvases” to be filled with creative paintings. Fred has donated the canvases to local artists, as well as students at our local Mark Twain Middle School and Venice High.

Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and express yourself through painting on one of Fred’s beautifully sanded wooden canvases. And learn more about how you can contribute to the re-purposing revolution.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Community Nutrition, August 7

Eating for a healthy body and a healthy planet

Come meet Community Nutrition Specialist PhiVan Ha at the Green Tent this Sunday and learn how to shrink your carbon footprint while you improve your health.

She's turning the Green Tent into an interactive information booth! Visitors are welcomed to create their own Q&A session. Catering to their specific inquiries about health and nutrition, PhiVan directs participants to helpful information using an iPad instead of wasteful paper handouts. 


My Community Nutrition is dedicated to empowering individuals and families to build a nourishing and thriving community through nutrition workshops and community collaborative events. They collaborate with many community organizations to build relationships with leaders and stakeholders to help build a healthy and thriving Los Angeles community. Their collaborative partners include the American Diabetes Association, Let's Move West LA, Downtown's Women Center, Los Angeles Community Garden Council, Emerson Avenue Community Garden Council, and many more. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Citizens Climate Lobby, July 31

Have you noticed how the hot days in Mar Vista are getting hotter? 

No surprise—2015 was the hottest year on record worldwide. Eeek!

"What can I do about global warming?" you might ask yourself. And the drought, you muse … I already turn off the spigot while I’m brushing my teeth. What else can I do?

Thus Sunday at the Green Tent you’ll find out. Our guest, the Citizens Climate Lobby is working to create the political will for a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 52 percent below 1990 levels within 20 years, while improving the economy and returning revenues from the fee directly to households. That means this carbon tax will not grow government, and that’s why it’s supported by economists of all political stripes.

Still, you’re a Westsider, and you didn’t fall off the turnip truck. So you may be wondering if Carbon Fee and Dividend will throw people out of work, and come down hardest on poor people and minorities. Not to worry: a study by Regional Economic Models, Inc. found that a steadily rising fee on carbon-based fuels, with revenue from that fee returned to households in equal shares, would act as an economic stimulus. In 20 years, that would add 2.8 million jobs to the American economy. And the money returned to households would constitute a larger percentage of their income for the poor than the rich.

Don’t believe this? Want to learn more? 


Come to the Green Tent on July 31st.  There you’ll not only find answers to your questions, but also what you can do—whether that means asking friends and relatives to sign a letter to their member of Congress or writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Maybe you’ll eventually meet with your member of Congress.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Master Gardeners, July 24

The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent on Sunday July 24 from 9 am to 1 pm. In deep summer, there are still lots of edibles for you to choose from and seeds to take home — all free! Here’s the “menu”:



Crookneck Squash - buttery yellow crooknecks, with tender flesh and sweet nutty flavor

"Ace" tomatoes are 5 or six inches in diameter, weigh 6 to 8 ounces and have a sweet flavor with less acid that other tomatoes.

English Cucumbers - thin-skinned long cucumbers

Dark Green (Raven) Zucchini

Japanese Cucumbers are slender, thin-skinned, void of developed seeds, never bitter and entirely edible.

Bush French Filet Beans (Rolande) - no trellis needed

Tuscan Melons, originating in Italy, the 3-5 lb fruit yields crisply sweet orange flesh.

And a few other mixed melons

And don’t forget the herbs!

  • Heirloom Arugula
  • Profumo di Genova Basil
  • Slow Bolt Cilantro 
  • Scented Basil Trio
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
Stop by for free plants and seeds, gardening advice and conversation! 

The MGs are proud to announce the publication of Master Garden Erin Mahoney Harris’ new book, “Visit California Farms,” which tells you all about winery and farm stays across our golden state. 

Please remember to recycle your plastic 6 packs so the MGs can plant up more seedlings for next month’s market.