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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Master Gardeners, April 23

Yes, it IS time for summer veggies! 

And your friendly LA County Master Gardeners are planning your summer menu…

Come to the Green Tent between 9 am and 1 pm on Sunday, April 23, and check out the beautiful seedlings they’re giving away, planted expressly for you (plus you can take home free seeds).

What would summer be without cherry tomatoes? Enjoy the sugar sweet orange sungold variety.
And what does cherry tomato taste best with? Basil, of course: there’s Heirloom Purple Opal and large leaf Italian Cameo container basil for you to choose from. 

Soon it will be pickle time! For your delectation, select baby Persian cucumbers or Bush Slicer Cucumbers (you don’t need to trellis the bush plants). 

Make a salad of it! There’s heirloom baby Tuscan kale, Ruby Gem baby romaine, red leaf lettuce, ruby and emerald container lettuce. 

And of course, everyone’s favorite summer squash: heirloom zucchini. You’ll have plenty to eat and share by the time the season's over.

Then, enjoy some Zinger hibiscus, a deliciously refreshing flavor for tea or other summer beverages. And by the time Fall rolls around, your Royal Flush sunflowers should be in full bloom! 

For great monthly tips about gardening in LA County, visit http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/UC_Master_Gardener_Program/Garden_Tips_for_Los_Angeles_County/. And stop by Compass Green,  a moble greenhouse, will demonstrate Bio-intensive Sustainable Agriculture at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market this Sunday, April 23.

And please remember to bring those plastic six packs (aka “pony packs”) you’ve recycled so the MGs can bring even more plants next month.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seed Library of Los Angeles, April 9

Purple Winnetka Artichoke
We're doing seed selection for
the most-purple and biggest artichoke.
This is a second year bloom at the garden.
Saving Seeds

This Sunday at the Green Tent, representing the Seed Library of Los Angeles, Joy and Eleu 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 Joy and Eleu regarding harvesting + saving your winter seeds while brainstorming on what to grow for summer! 

SLOLA always has something amazing going on at the monthly Seed Library meetings. This month Larry Kandarian will talk about his journey growing ancient grains! 

Edible Calendula flowers (yellow)
and radishes going to seed

Friday, March 31, 2017

Greensulate, April 2

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Master Gardeners, March 26

Your friendly local LA County Master Gardeners are springing into Spring at the Green Tent on Sunday, March 26 (CicLAvia day) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They’ll bring plants and seeds to give away and will answer your gardening questions. 

Here’s what they’ve planted up for you this month:

Ornamental Sunflowers (Royal Flush variety) — includes multicolored flowers from brown to red to yellow 

Birds and Bees Sunflowers  — These will grow to 8 feet high with yellow petals and chocolate discs that follow the sun!

Italian Arugula -- that lovely spicy salad green. And their flowers are a revelation, with a nutty flavor.   

Wine Country Mesclun —  a salad blend straight from Napa Valley

Baby Leaf Lettuce Mix — a mix of Bambino, Simpson Elite, Esmeralda, Red Sail, Bravehart, Red Tide lettuces, just perfect in salads

Heirloom Tuscan Baby Kale — A favorite; healthy, hearty and lovely to look at; sweeter and more delicate than the bigger varieties

Wild Russian Heirloom Kale — lovely frilly edges, great in soups, stews or simply sautéed with oil and garlic 

Snow Peas (Oregon sugar pod) — great in stir fry dishes or raw in salads, eat pods and all.

Sugar Ann Snap Peas — chunkier than snow peas, and delicious sautéed, blanched or raw, pods and all, super sweet  

Broccoli Raab (aka Rapini) — a traditional Italian heirloom that produces an abundance of deep green leaves and tender shoots with tiny bud cluster. Imported from Italy!

Slow Bolt Cilantro — Lovely, bright, pungent — you let it go to seed, you’ll end up with coriander seeds, which you can use whole or grind into powder. For the haters, it’s a key ingredient in Indian cooking and tastes nothing like the leaves. For the lovers, you get both! 

As always, please remember to bring your leftover “six packs” so the MGs can continue to grow plants for you each month. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Repair Cafe Preview, March 19

What do you do when you've got something you like but it no longer works? Throw it out and buy a new one? Stick it in the attic, the basement or under the stairs? Pay to get it fixed? Fix it yourself? Chances are you toss it out. Or maybe you store it away until that magical day when you can figure out what to do with it.... right.

There's another solution: bring it to the Westside Repair Cafe happening on April 1 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Complex Multipurpose Room and Patio (4117 Overland Ave) in Culver City! The Westside Repair Cafe is a volunteer-run, community service dedicated to encouraging the repair and reuse of goods rather than relegating them to landfills. It's an extension of Our Time Bank's Sharing Economy program to further support sustainable living solutions.

How does it work? What can you bring? Do you need to register ahead of time? How can you volunteer? Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and get all your questions answered.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Transition Mar Vista / Venice, March 12

Are you looking for deeper connections in your community? Interested in local resiliency and working together to make a more sustainable future? Join Transition Mar Vista/Venice this Sunday in the Green Tent and learn what's happening, right here in Mar Vista!

Transition Mar Vista/Venice is a local grassroots group with a vision of guiding our community from oil dependency to local resilience. They raise awareness about the issues of peak oil, climate change and economic contraction, and seek to address these challenges through community-building and other projects.

Chat with TMVV members about upcoming events, such as their monthly Transition Tuesday potlucks, and make an inspirational magnet to take home at the crafting station. 

Transition is where creativity, positivity, and sustainability meet to create community!

Visit the Transition Mar Vista/Venice Facebook page and blogspot for more information.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Food Forward, March 3


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 30 million pounds of produce, which has helped to feed 100,000 clients a month through 300 diverse distribution partners across Southern California. 

Sign up to volunteer at https://foodforward.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer/.

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. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Master Gardeners, February 26

The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, giving away what you need to get your spring garden going and to answer your gardening questions. We're hoping for a sunny Sunday, but light rain will not deter the Master Gardeners. 

Hand planted with love by the MGs expressly for the Mar Vista community, this month they’re bringing these organic seedlings (PS: please recycle your used plastic “pony packs” with the MGs so they can keep planting future seedlings for you.):

Heirloom Broccoli Raab (aka Rapini) is commonly featured in Italian and Chinese cuisines. It has more in common with turnip than broccoli, but has turnip-like leaves, and dispersed buds that resemble thin, leggy broccoli stalks.

Tuscan Baby Kale - everyone loves this, MGs included!

Baby leaf lettuce mix - for those wonderful spring and summer salads

Bloomsdale spinach - the king of all spinach - the one with the curly edges

Cilantro - you either love it or hate it!

Snow peas - especially great with the broccoli raab if you make a stir fry

Gourmet greens -  eat them raw or add them to your smoothies

Mache -  Also called lamb’s lettuce, it’s been cultivated in France since the 17th century, a tiny dark green plant that grows close to the ground and has a sweet, nutty flavor that some people compare to the taste of corn.

ALERT!!! The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources is asking all residents to look closely at their citrus trees. This is a long document with important links for you to find out more about this disease that is decimating citrus in states across the US and has now been identified in California.

May 8, 2016
UC asks citrus residents to inspect their citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllid
Jeannette Warnert jewarnert@ucdavis.edu, (559) 240-9850
California citrus - both on farms and in home landscapes - face a very real threat from a disease that is spread by Asian citrus psyllid. Florida and Texas citrus is already suffering terribly. California may be able to avoid the same fate, if all residents and farmers do their part to combat the pest. We hope you'll help us spread the word.
Here are some resources: A video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhqwUQm0zpk&feature=youtu.be)-feel free to share on your website or social media, high-resolution photos (http://ucanr.edu/News/ACP-HLB/).
Spring in California is time to inspect citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllid
A tell-tale sign of spring in California is a flush of new leaf growth on citrus trees. Because the feathery light green leaves are particularly attractive to Asian citrus psyllids (ACP), the leaves' emergence marks a critical time to determine whether the pest has infested trees.
"We encourage home citrus growers and farmers to go out with a magnifying glass or hand lens and look closely at the new growth," said Beth Grafton-CardwellUC Agriculture and Natural Resources (http://ucanr.edu/) citrus entomologist. "Look for the various stages of the psyllid – small yellow eggs, sesame-seed sized yellow ACP young with curly white tubules, or aphid-like adults that perch with their hind quarters angled up."
Pictures of the Asian citrus psyllids and its life stages are on the UC ANR website (http://ucanr.edu/acp). If you find signs of the insect, call the California Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Exotic Pest Hotline at (800) 491-1899.
Asian citrus psyllids are feared because they can spread huanglongbing (HLB) disease, an incurable condition that first causes yellow mottling on the leaves and later sour, misshapen fruit before killing the tree. ACP, native of Pakistan, Afghanistan and other tropical and subtropics regions of Asian, was first detected in California in 2008. Everywhere Asian citrus psyllids have appeared – including Florida and Texas – the pests have found and spread the disease. A few HLB-infected trees have been located in urban Los Angeles County. They were quickly removed by CDFA officials.
"In California, we are working hard to keep the population of ACP as low as possible until researchers can find a cure for the disease," Grafton-Cardwell said. "We need the help of citrus farmers and home gardeners."
Grafton-Cardwell has spearheaded the development of the UC ANR ACP website (http://ucanr.edu/sites/acp/) for citrus growers and citrus homeowners that provides help in finding the pest and what to do next. The site has an interactive map tool to locate residences and farms that are in areas where the psyllid has already become established, and areas where they are posing a risk to the citrus industry and must be aggressively treated by county officials.
The website outlines biological control efforts that are underway, and directions for insecticidal control, if it is needed. An online calculator on the website allows farmers and homeowners to determine their potential costs for using insecticides.
There are additional measures that can be taken to support the fight against ACP and HLB in California:
  • When planting new citrus trees, only purchase the trees from reputable nurseries. Do not accept tree cuttings or budwood from friends or relatives. 
  • After pruning or cutting down a citrus tree, dry out the green waste or double bag it to make sure that live psyllids won't ride into another region on the foliage. 
  • Control ants in and near citrus trees with bait stations. Scientists have released natural enemies of ACP in Southern California to help keep the pest in check. However, ants will protect ACP from the natural enemies. Ants favor the presence of ACP because the psyllid produces honeydew, a food source for ants. 
  • Learn more about the Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing disease by reading the detailed pest note on UC ANR's Statewide Integrated Pest Management website (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74155.html).
  • Assist in the control of ACP by supporting CDFA insecticide treatments of your citrus or treating the citrus yourself when psyllids are present. 
  • Support the removal of HLB-infected trees.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mar Vista Art Walk, February 19

Sun is predicted for Sunday!

Stop by the Green Tent and learn about the upcoming Mar Vista Art Walk: First Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

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”, the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Bl – Beethoven St. will be transformed by the theme, VOICES.  Originally inspired by the relationship between poetry/spoken word and music (60s folk rock, hip hop and lyric-heavy indie), given the challenging tone of our times, the theme has naturally expanded to allow everyone to come share their VOICE with peace, love and positivity.

There'll be interactive poetry/spoken word stations, four live music stages, live painting, art installations, experimental video and a Silent Auction to benefit the community. 

The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists curated by Mitchelito Orquiola, 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 Arts Activation Fund, Community Partners, Michelle Pine Rappoport-KW Realty, KW Realty-Silicon Beach, Earthstar Creation Center and the M & R Vest Foundation, Gravlax Restaurant and Sony Pictures Entertainment.