Monday, June 26, 2017

Peels2Meals, July 2nd

Do you have questions about composting? Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday! Heidi, our guest, is an expert. She'll have  worms at the booth so kids and adults alike can stop by and connect with their vital and masterful Mother Earth tending wormships. 

Heidi is the founder of Peels2Meals, a compostables pickup service - taking compostables (peels, cores, pulp, food scraps, coffee grounds...) from your home to compost to gardens. Heidi's vision is the co-creation of a more and more and more eco-harmonious present-day way of life. 

Notice: Possible cancellation due to rain. Please check the weather before heading for the Green Tent this Sunday. If it's just a light sprinkle, we'll be there. If it's pouring, we'll reschedule Peels2Meals for a more Southern California-like day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Food Forward, June 25


Learn how you can help provide fresh fruits and veggies to the hungry in your community! Food Forward is a Southern California based non-profit that recovers produce from backyard fruit trees, farmers markets and LA's downtown wholesale market and then donates 100% of what is collected to local hunger relief agencies. 

Food Forward not only battles hunger in Southern California but also works to curb the environmental issue of food waste. Recent studies have shown that 40% of the food in the country never makes it to the table and 20% of what goes into municipal landfills is food. Southern California is an abundant land of agriculture and donating surplus food to the 1.28 million food insecure in LA county is a win-win!

Since forming in 2009, Food Forward has collected over 35 million pounds of produce, which has helped to feed 100,000 clients a month through 300 diverse distribution partners across Southern California. 

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Food Forward hosts 150+ volunteer-powered events per month so, whether you'd like to pick fruit or go to the farmers market with us, there are many opportunities to contribute to our efforts in providing nourishing fruits and veggies food to those most in need. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Greensulate, June 18th

Green-Roofs and Urban Agriculture… . its for all of us!! 

Have you ever wondered whether green roofs, green walls, or vertical farming might be for you? Did you know that green roofs can eliminate close to 90% of vertical heat gain through your roof during hot days. And both green roofs and walls can be a good spot for growing veggies.

There is much unused space on roof tops and on building walls (both inside and out) and there are many ways to make the most of it while providing important environmental benefits, green space, and increasing your property value.

Find out more! Greensulate has been in the green roof/green wall and urban agriculture space for ten years and they’ll be at the Green Tent to answer your questions and walk you through your project ideas.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Seed Library of Los Angeles, June 11

This Sunday at the Green Tent, representing the Seed Library of Los Angeles, David King (Garden Master of the Venice Learning Garden) will have seed samples and information on upcoming SLOLA events! 

SLOLA is our local organization protecting the diversity of our food supply – come and talk to David regarding the squash he is growing for the season and some tomato varieties the garden is obsession over this season!

SLOLA always has something amazing going on at the monthly Seed Library meetings. Come learn about vermicompost this month! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ballona Institute, June 4

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, June 4, 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 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
lick here
 to learn about the threats and treasures at Ballona. A
nd watch this video to see just some of the miracles at the water's edge.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Master Gardeners, May 28

Look what they've grown for us!
The UC/Cooperative Extension LA County Master Gardeners return to the Green Tent with lots of green goodies to share. Join them May 28 from 9 am to 1 pm for megadoses of veggie power that they grew expressly to give to YOUand you can choose packets of seeds to grow as well—all for free! Don’t forget to bring your garden questions, too.

Everyone loves cherry tomatoes and the sweetest ones of all are the Sun Golds. They’ll be there — in limited supply so stop by early.

Then, make a summer salad with fresh green beans — you can choose from pole beans (which you need to stake or trellis) or bush beans — (hint: they grow like a bush!).

And these are fun on the grill: Patty Pan Squash. 

The kids will be thrilled to have these Jack Be Little pumpkins to play with but you can take them in the kitchen and stuff them for a dinner special! 

Don’t let your burger go without a pickle: they’ve got cucumbers for you to make your own—just add some vinegar, sugar (or not!) and spices for a quick refrigerator pickle (but wait till the cukes have actually grown…)

You can slice up some tomatoes for that (beef or veggie!) burger too:  they’re bringing beefsteak and black Krim tomatoes for your delectation. 

And what would life be without a few herbs? Enjoy basil and cilantro, while supplies last!

Please remember to bring your empty plastic six packs so the master gardeners can grow more plants for you.

Here’s an early heads-up: The Master Gardeners will NOT be at the Green Tent in June — so stock up in May! But you can rely on their website to help get you through the month: Here are helpful articles

And for monthly tips on what to do in the garden, visit:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Selva International, May 21


SELVA International, a Venice-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.

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 EcoGardens is pleased to announce that they have recently been awarded another Community Partnership grant from LADWP, and will be looking for a garden host in the Mar Vista area for at least one of the five grant-subsidized Hands On Workshop gardens. If interested in applying, sign up at their table!

At the Green Tent**SELVA International will display before and after pictures of sustainable, "Ocean Friendly Gardens." They'll have information handouts on SELVA's EcoGardens program 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!

**NOTE: This Sunday, our Green Tent guest will be inside the big, white Mar Vista Meetup tent instead of under our green canopy.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Straight Trash Talk, May 14

In 2015, Californian’s produced 4.7 lbs of trash per person, per day and diverted 63% of waste from landfills, but we can do better! The City of LA’s goal of zero waste is within reach as long as residents are expert recyclers! Recycling right saves natural resources, decreases pollution and saves landfill space.

Are you a recycling expert? Stop by the Green Tent this weekend to test your knowledge with a sorting game, learn about the recycling process and commit to reducing waste. Get your recycling questions answered. Hear from a recycling pro and learn what to do with your Household Hazardous Waste.

Guest Rachel Adell is a local Mar Vista resident and self-proclaimed enthusiast of all things trash and recycling. Her love of garbage fuels her blog Straight Trash Talk and earned her a job in local government working on municipal recycling, education and policy. Rachel’s goal is to share her love of waste and help the public understand their role in waste creation and reduction.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Art Lee, May 7

DIY Personal Solar Projects

See this vehicle at the Green Tent
Do you have a small project such as a green house, garden fountain or a circulating fan that could be powered by one or more solar panels? Do you have a tiny home or RV and would like power without hooking up to the grid? Or maybe you are a backpacker and would like to have power to charge a GPS, cell phone, and flashlight batteries deep in the woods. 

By now most of us have heard of solar panels. Many people have installed them on their rooftops.  The energy generated by those panels go directly to the "grid", so during a power outage, we do not have access to the electricity they generate.  

Come to the Green Tent on May 7 and learn about installing your own personal solar panel for small projects or emergency power for your cell phone, laptop, or ham radio.

Guest presenter Art Lee is also an expert on home greywater systems. Bring your questions!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gary Golding, April 30

Local environmental activist Gary Golding lives by the code "Consume as Little as Possible" and wants to share this simple message with YOU!  

This week at the Green Tent, Gary will demonstrate his "bee whispering" skills and share his personal journey toward the path of Zero Waste. For kids of all ages, there will be a take-home project using rocks and other objects from nature. 

Golding is well-known and respected in the community as a bee specialist, Lead Garden Teacher at the STAR Eco Station and a variety of magnet schools. You can learn more about this uniquely radical environmentalist at his website, The Golding State