Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THIS SUNDAY, January 21, AT THE GREEN TENT!

 

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will return in 2018! With a few years off to recharge our creative batteries, we’re coming back on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pm for another FUN and FREE celebration of sustainable gardening.

This week the Showcase team will be joined by a representative from the Los Angeles Audubon Society.



Harlequin Beetle

The Los Angeles Audubon Society has been teaching local school children about the Ballona Wetlands since 1991. Every year, 2500 students have the opportunity to visit this special place and see the plants and animals that make Ballona their home. At the moment the State of California has a project planned that will bring serious changes to the existing habitat. The Los Angeles Audubon would love to share more information about the future of the wetlands. Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday to learn more about  programs that inspires our future conservationists and what you can do to keep Ballona thriving!


Even though last winter’s rainfall has helped to alleviate our drought crisis, please don’t be lulled into thinking that plentiful rainfall will continue. The need for sustainable practices in our gardens, and the desire for information on how to convert water-hungry lawns into beautiful and environment-friendly retreats, continues.     

From chickens to beekeeping, rain barrels to composting, native plant selection to garden design overview, our goal is to provide a relaxing day in 20 of Mar Vista’s most beautiful sustainable gardens AND give visitors plenty of know-how to feed their own sustainable garden dreams. Stop by the Mar Vista Farmers Market Green Tent this coming Sunday, January 21st and meet Maggie Begley, the new Chair of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.




So save the date for the 2018 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase:  Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pm.  In the meantime, you can find inspiration at the MVGGS blog, where images and information from all our past tours are featured.   

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is sponsored by environmental non-profit Green Communications Initiative, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit corporation. 

Warm regards and Happy New Year!

Maggie Begley
Chair, 2018 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase
Maggie@mbcprinc.com; 310.749.3055



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sustainable Technologies - January 14

2020 is just around the corner... 

are you ready?

Demystify the secret
of the Floating Earth!

Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and meet Stuart Cooley, Professor of Renewable Energies at Santa Monica College. Learn about the newest green jobs opportunities and technologies.  Do you want to change careers, move forward in your current job or just know more stuff?  This is the place and the time to get started!


And just for fun, try your luck at controlling the mysterious "floating  earth".  For the curious, Professor Cooley will explain how it works. He will also have on hand LED lighting and virtual reality viewers! 


The way to fossil fuel independence is paved with Green Jobs.
Good for the Environment, Good for the Economy!

Get your questions answered on solar energy, energy efficiency, battery storage and EVs. Learn more about the Sustainable Technologies program.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Turn Waste into Energy! January 7

Want to learn how you can turn your trash into renewable energy from your backyard? Then come visit the Green Tent on January 7th to learn all about biogas from HomeBiogas.

Landfills create methane which escapes into the atmosphere.

All organic waste, including your weekly food scraps and daily dog droppings, produces methane. When this type of waste is sent to the landfill, it produces methane which immediately enters the atmosphere where it acts as a potent greenhouse gas and a primary contributor to global climate change.

What if we could eliminate the waste, prevent methane pollution and turn those gases into clean energy?  People just like you  are taking advantage of the latest technologies.



The HomeBiogas appliance is a backyard biodigester which harnesses the methane which would otherwise go unused. Rather than freely dissipating into the atmosphere, the methane is collected and stored in HomeBiogas until it is used for cooking. This creates a sustainable waste-to-energy cycle that not only upcycles a potent greenhouse gas, but also alleviates the reliance on other harmful energy sources and diverts food waste!



HomeBiogas is an Israeli start-up with customers all over the world and social projects in Puerto Rico and throughout Africa.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, AT THE GREEN TENT!

WE’RE BACK!!!!  The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will return in 2018! With a few years off to recharge our creative batteries, we’re coming back on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pm for another FUN and FREE celebration of sustainable gardening.


Even though last winter’s rainfall has helped to alleviate our drought crisis, please don’t be lulled into thinking that plentiful rainfall will continue. The need for sustainable practices in our gardens, and the desire for information on how to convert water-hungry lawns into beautiful and environment-friendly retreats, continues.     

From chickens to beekeeping, rain barrels to composting, native plant selection to garden design overview, our goal is to provide a relaxing day in 20 of Mar Vista’s most beautiful sustainable gardens AND give visitors plenty of know-how to feed their own sustainable garden dreams. Stop by the Mar Vista Farmers Market Green Tent this coming Sunday, December 31st and meet Maggie Begley, the new Chair of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.




So save the date for the 2018 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase:  Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pm.  In the meantime, you can find inspiration at the MVGGS blog, where images and information from all our past tours are featured.   

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is sponsored by environmental non-profit Green Communications Initiative, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit corporation. 

Warm regards and Happy New Year!

Maggie Begley
Chair, 2018 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase
Maggie@mbcprinc.com; 310.749.3055




Friday, December 15, 2017

SEE YOU ON THE 31ST

Reminder: the Mar Vista Farmer's Market will be closed this Sunday, December 24. We will return the following week, December 31.


xmas tree2017-2018 CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING INFORMATION




For additional information regarding Christmas tree recycling programs in the GDDs or unincorporated communities and to learn more about the County of Los Angeles Environmental Programs, please call 1(888)CLEAN LA between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Learn how to reduce waste this holiday season by visiting our Helpful Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction.













Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Straight Trash Talk

Tomorrow, December 10 Green, Black or Blue Bin - Where does it go?


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.

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.



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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Food Forward

SHARING ABUNDANCE WITH THOSE IN NEED


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 40 million pounds of produce, which has helped to feed 150,000 clients a month through more than 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. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FREE SEEDS

The Master Gardeners are taking a Thanksgiving break, but seeds will still be available at the Green Tent, so stop by and get your fix.


Rainbow Chard - Easy to Grow, Easy to Cook
Just a heads up, the Mar Vista Farmer's Market will be closed next month, on the fourth Sunday, December 24. The Master Gardeners look Forward to welcoming you back to the Green Tent on January 28, 2018.




To all of our loyal supporters and visitors, have a joyous and abundant holiday season! 








Friday, November 17, 2017

Mar Vista Art Walk November 25

This holiday season the Mar Vista Art Walk joins the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Saturday event for an American Express sponsored ALL-DAY bonanza on Saturday November 25. 
                     
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! 

On Saturday November 25, the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Bl – Beethoven St. will be transformed by its current theme, GRATITUDE.  Yes!  Our wonderful, eco-friendly, environmentally conscious and economically supportive neighborhood has inspired us to celebrate YOU.

A Kids Carnival, live kid rock bands, staged sKool Kidz readings and exhibition, carolers, live painting, art installations, experimental video and live music will encourage neighbors to get out and walk our streets. 


The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Community Partners, Earthstar Creation Center and the M & R Vest Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michelle Pine Rappoport-KW Realty, and the support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin, Mar Vista Neighborhood Council, and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets” Initiative.