Monday, August 20, 2018

Master Gardeners August 26, 2018


Are you ready to start your Fall garden? Come to the Green Tent on Sunday, August 26th as the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners  return for their monthly visit.

They’re bringing herbs, flowers, veggies and fruit to give away (and of course, free seed packets too!):

Autumn Beauty Mixed Color Sunflowers...Irresistible!!!

Heirloom Tuscan Baby Leaf KALE! (does best in fall and winter so plant it up now!)

Scented BASIL trio

Icebox Rainbow Sherbet WATERMELON

Container CUCUMBER

Astia container ZUCCHINI (they’re very small and very easy to harvest!)

Heirloom pole GREEN BEANS — these are the kind that need support from a trellis or stakes

It goes without saying that water is an issue, as the drought and heat continue. It’s ALWAYS best to water your garden early in the morning. If you wait till evening, you’ll risk encouraging powdery mildew and other fungal diseases. And please, water the SOIL not the plants (although if you have a “mist” setting, it’s also a good idea to do a quick spray of the leaves to keep them cool and breathing as the heat goes up)

AND!  The return of the MG’s VICTORY GARDEN classes — low priced four week series for beginners—is here at last! Here’s the schedule, you can mix and match. 

As ever, please bring your plastic six packs to be re-used by the MGs, who’ll be planting up more seedlings to give away next month!


Monday, August 13, 2018

RSVP August 19, 2018

BE PART OF THE "GIVE BACK" GENERATION

This Sunday at the Green Tent:

Are You 55 and older, searching for Volunteer Events?  Then join the L.A. Works Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

Does your school garden need help from a wise and patient member of the community who has time to spare?  Do you know a retiree who is energetic and ready to give back?  Enter RSVP...


BE PART OF THE "GIVE BACK" GENERATION!

L.A. Works provides the RSVP program to the Mar Vista Community through a grant by Senior Corp and the Corporation for National & Community Service. We partner with local Nonprofits to bring our RSVP members customized volunteer opportunities that they would not be able to find on their own.  You choose when, where, and how
READY, STEADY RAKE!
often you want to volunteer, through event listings and sign-ups through our website and exclusive newsletter, The Insider.




EXAMPLES OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
Grow Native Plants and Restore an Urban Park -
Join us at the Audobon Center Nursery in Debs Park to cultivate native vegetation and recreate a natural, sustainable park-scape.  Click Here to Sign Up.


Native Garden Volunteer Days -
Learn about California Native Gardening with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.  Click Here to Sign Up.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Food Forward August 12, 2018

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. 

RSVP - AUGUST 19


BE PART OF THE "GIVE BACK" GENERATION

Are You 55 and older, searching for Volunteer Events?  Then join the L.A. Works Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

Does your school garden need help from a wise and patient member of the community who has time to spare?  Do you know a retiree who is energetic and ready to give back?  Enter RSVP...


BE PART OF THE "GIVE BACK" GENERATION!

L.A. Works provides the RSVP program to the Mar Vista Community through a grant by Senior Corp and the Corporation for National & Community Service. We partner with local Nonprofits to bring our RSVP members customized volunteer opportunities that they would not be able to find on their own.  You choose when, where, and how
READY, STEADY RAKE!
often you want to volunteer, through event listings and sign-ups through our website and exclusive newsletter, The Insider.




EXAMPLES OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
Grow Native Plants and Restore an Urban Park -
Join us at the Audobon Center Nursery in Debs Park to cultivate native vegetation and recreate a natural, sustainable park-scape.  Click Here to Sign Up.


Native Garden Volunteer Days -
Learn about California Native Gardening with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.  Click Here to Sign Up.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August 5 - Pachamama Alliance


YES, WE CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING!!!


Celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Mar Vista Farmer's Market this Sunday, August 5, at the Green Tent with Pachamama Alliance! 

We know you want to be part of the solution for saving Planet Earth, so which steps are the most effective in actually removing carbon from the atmosphere? 


Pachamama Alliance in conjunction with Project Drawdown will help you discover which of the top 100 solutions you are already implementing.  Create your own refrigerator magnet to keep you focused on solutions instead of problems. 

Through the Awakening the Dreamer symposium and Project Drawdown workshops, the Pachamama Alliance engages and educates about climate change, how to reverse global warming, and bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet.  

Learn what YOU can do to help reverse global warming, and how shopping at the farmer's market is already a big step towards creating sustainable, resilient communities!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 29, 2018 - Greywater

THIS SUNDAY, JULY 29 - REPURPOSE YOUR LAUNDRY WATER


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.

A bicycle built for solar power!  And yeah, it works.
Art can also explain how to install your own personal solar panel for small projects or emergency power for your cell phone, laptop, or ham radio.



Art is also a solar energy expert!  When it comes to versatility and sustainability, he has all the info you need to painlessly shrink your carbon footprint.  Come by the Green Tent this Sunday and benefit from his free advice.



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 22, 2018 Master Gardeners


On Sunday, July 22 from 9 am to 1 p.m., we’re pleased to welcome our Green Tent regulars, the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners .  As usual they’ve planted up some veggies and herbs for you to bring home to your garden. And, as always, they’re free, AND you can also take free packets of seeds!


This month you can choose from:

Teddy Bear sunflowers!  Just like their name, they are fluffy (and maybe even cuddly!!)


Sweet Bell Peppers:  your perfect summer accompaniment to salads, grilled veggies, and a perfect veggie for roasting or stuffing.

Heirloom Vietnamese cilantro: it's mild and delicate with an extra citrus twist. The plants resemble regular cilantro but the foliage is topped with fine cut, frilly leaves.



A couple of winter squashes: Delicata and Early Butternut (don’t worry, they grow in summer, they just have hard shells)  and Patty Pan squash, a cute little summer scalloped squash that kids love and works well on skewers.


Long Island Mammoth Dill:  A distinctive taste, try this feathery herb on fish and the classic, potato salad. Save the seeds so you can pickle your cucumbers!

Large leaf container basil (Italian Cameo)  Make lovely Caprese with these, a tomato and some burrata or mozzarella, or just toss it into your dishes for that great basil flavor


Bush beans (no staking needed) and pole beans (trellis these) — yellow and green long beans you can eat right off the vine.


And Icebox Watermelon Rainbow Sherbet — these lovely little seedlings produce three varieties of early maturing watermelons, with yellow, orange or pink flesh and weigh in at 4 to 7 pounds with thin, green striped rinds and dense, crisp flesh.

As our heat continues, be sure to water your garden but please be aware of best drought practices.  Visit Be Water Wise for some tips.

For some more great ideas and information about growing great veggies, check out the Master Gardner's website.

And PLEASE remember to bring all those excess six packs from your spring plantings, so the MGs have something to put NEXT month’s seedlings into for you!

July 29, 2018 - Grey Water from Laundry Waste

This Sunday, July 29 - Repurpose your laundry water


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.

A bicycle built for solar power!  And yeah, it works.
Art can also explain how to install your own personal solar panel for small projects or emergency power for your cell phone, laptop, or ham radio.



Art is also a solar energy expert!  When it comes to versatility and sustainability, he has all the info you need to painlessly shrink your carbon footprint.  Come by the Green Tent this Sunday and benefit from his free advice.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July 15, 2018 - SLOLA







This Sunday, Jul y 15, representing the Seed Library of Los Angeles, David King, Founding Chair, will be at the Green Tent with information regarding seed saving and upcoming SLOLA events!


On July 21, SLOLA will have their monthly meeting at 2:30PM at The Learning Garden. David and Azita will demonstrate different seed saving techniques on a variety of the winter seeds they harvested over the last few months.



JUST LABEL IT!
SLOLA has been on the front lines of preserving heirloom seeds and making sure they remain available to all of us as we move toward a somewhat ambiguous future.  We are still fighting infiltration of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) into our most trusted grocery stores. Whether you are for or against the production of GMOs, you have a right to know if a fruit, vegetable or grain has been genetically modified so you can make informed food choices.









Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Trash Talk - July 8, 2018

GREEN, BLACK OR BLUE BIN - WHERE DOES IT GO?


Are you a recycling expert? Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday, July 8, 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. Rachel’s goal is to share her love of waste and help the public understand their role in waste creation and reduction.



According to the Drawdown data, recycling paper is one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming.  Every time you take the time to sort and separate old mags and newspapers, you are helping to keep carbon where it belongs..in the ground!



Friday, June 29, 2018

Audubon Society, July 1

Join us this Sunday, July 1 at the MVCC Green Tent.  Our guest is Los Angeles Audubon Society.

Harlequin Beetle
The Los Angeles Audubon Society has taught 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. 

According to the Drawdown data, Coastal wetland ecosystems are one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming. Relative to their land area, they sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants aboveground and in roots and soils below. 

Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils!

A project planned by the State of California 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!

Learn also about the outdoor education programs sponsored by the Los Angeles Audubon Society that bring the children of Los Angeles to remnant wild and natural places that are found in the midst of our big city. They work with all age groups, from elementary to high school groups, striving to show and educate field trip participants that nature still exists in our own back yard, and the importance of our local ecosystems. Programs are keyed to Next Generation Science Standards, and support curriculum being taught in the classroom.

Approximately 3500 school children every year, at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, engage in hands-on activities that include using binoculars to view local birds and other wildlife, scientific illustration exercises where they take a close up view of local flowers and invertebrates and record their observations through drawing, and hiking through open spaces. 


In addition, the Audobon Society hosts a monthly Open Wetlands at the Ballona Ecological Reserve in order to reach a broader audience, and allow access to a reserve that is usually closed to the public. Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday to find out how you can participate.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Master Gardeners, June 24

Join us at the Mar Vista Community Council Green Tent as we welcome back our regular 4th Sunday guests, the UCCE LA County Master Gardeners Sunday, June 24, 9 am to 1 p.m. As usual they’re bringing plants they’ve grown for you to give away, along with free seed packets. 

(PS: They’ll be celebrating MG Julie Strnad’s birthday…stop by to say Happy Day to her!)

Here’s what’s coming:

It wouldn’t be summer or fall without sunflowers!  

Basil — it’s still tiny but in a week or two you can transplant it to flavor all your summer dishes and salads.

Dill — an herb with a cross between caraway and licorish-y taste that enhances fish dishes, baked potatoes and any other creative ideas you may have for this flavor profile.

The Pole Beans (green beans you need to support with a trellis, teepee or a stick or two) are coming up nicely.

Keep the kids happy with “Jack Be Little” mini-pumpkins which should be ready in plenty of time for Halloween carving. 

There are 4 inch pots with everyone’s favorite Lacinato (dark tuscan) Kale.

A very few butternut and delicata squashes have peeked their heads up above the soil.

And thanks to Master Gardener Kwaku Annor, there’ll be even more Cherokee Purple tomatoes to give away! 

Don’t forget to share your successes or bring questions about “what happened” to the MGs, who’ll do their best to advise you. 




And PLEASE remember to bring all those excess six packs from your spring plantings, so the MGs have something to put NEXT month’s seedlings into for you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Swap Society - June 17, 2018



Save The Earth - There is no Fashion on Mars!


Do you love fashion but also have concerns about the impact the fashion industry has on our fragile environment?  If you aren't concerned, here are 3 reasons you should be...

      The apparel industry is the 4th largest industrial polluter and accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions.
      The average American sends 70 pounds of clothes to landfills every year. That's 21 billion pounds of post consumer textile waste per year!
      Less than 20% of what gets donated to charities gets resold.
Click here to learn more... 

"Swap Society is taking swapping to
the next level,: Cristina Lozano,
Style Indigo
SWAPPING CLOTHING - EASY ON THE PLANET, EASY ON YOUR WALLET
Swapping clothes has been around forever. Graduating from simple one-on-one transactions (Hey, Gal Pal, would you like my blue sweater?  I'm kind of over it..) to semi-organized clothing swaps.   Now Swap Society takes clothing swapping and up-cycling to a whole new level.  It serves as a virtual clothing swap for women and kids that gives you equal value for your clothes. SwapSociety members refresh their wardrobes without the guilt that fast fashion perpetuates, with the added reward of saving money by not buying new.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Seed Library of Los Angeles -SLOLA June 10, 2018





JOY SUN 

Come and chat with Joy Sun, Outreach Chair of SLOLA - Seed Library of Los Angeles - our local organization protecting the diversity of our food supply. 


Why save seeds when you can just go buy them at the nursery? Joy has the answers!  And don't forget to get details about upcoming SLOLA events such as pot lucks and speakers.



JUST LABEL IT!
SLOLA has been on the front lines of preserving heirloom seeds and making sure they remain available to all of us as we move toward a somewhat ambiguous future.  We are still fighting infiltration of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) into our most trusted grocery stores. Whether you are for or against the production of GMOs, you have a right to know if a fruit, vegetable or grain has been genetically modified so you can make informed food choices.