Thursday, April 25, 2019

Master Gardeners May 27, 2019

More Goodies from your Favorite Master Gardeners

This Sunday, the  UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners are springing into spring with lots of seedlings for your garden — and lots of seeds to start your own. From 9 am to 1 pm, stop by the Green Tent for:
Lettuce Red and freckled, makes a lovely salad
Arugula Spice up that salad!
Cucumbers Make your own pickles!! 

Squash Winter or summer, squash is a healthy veg!
Basil The king of garden herbs

Sequoia strawberries They should leaf out very quickly and produce prolifically 

Yellow and green bush beans 
Not all beans are green, you know…  
Chives They add kick to any dish

Scallions: yummy little sidekick or base for recipes. Itty bitty mini onions, only milder.


And please, if you have any empty six packs (plastic, not beer!), let the MGs recycle them next month with even more plants to give away; just bring them to the booth.




And look here for great articles and monthly tips for LA County gardeners:Garden Tips for Los Angeles County    

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Drawdown April 20, 2019

HOW DO YOUR EATING HABITS 

IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?




According to the well-researched Drawdown Project data, if we can shift our habits to reduce food waste and eat lower on the food chain, we will significantly reduce the release of greenhouse gasses, the cause of global warming.



Sustain our fragile planet while you enjoy healthier, less expensive meals.

  Here are some tips to get you started.  Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and learn more or share your own suggestions.  

Eat foods in their original form.  
No processing to degrade food value, no packaging to deplete the environment.

Grow your own  
Food is right outside your door. What could be more convenient? Don't have space for your own garden?  Help a friend or neighbor with their crops and share the bounty.

Buy and prepare only what you need. 

Learn how experts such as Kitchen Karate help you determine the right quantities of food to purchase and prepare for your meals.  

Save Water
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Replace beef with other forms of protein to save water, money and lives.  And when you do consume animal protein, look into how it was raised.  Choose farmers who use more humane practices at all stages of meat production.

Prepare  and eat meals at home. You will burn about 250 calories for each meal you prepare.  If you have young children, include them in all phases of the process, from menu planning to cleaning up.  You will teach them a valuable skill which is empowering and a money saver.  





Mar Vista resident and Green Committee Chair Jeanne Kuntz is a certified wellness coach.  Stop by the Green Tent and get a free consultation on habit change.  Learn more at her  website, Teaching Wellness .

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Grey Water Conversion - April 14, 2019



What is grey water? 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.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

SELVA & More- April 7, 2019

CONSERVATION DONE RIGHT

...after
SELVA International, a Venice-based environmental non-profit, has partnered with conservation biologist and landscape contractor Steven Williams to offer EcoGardens, a sustainable 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



At the Green Tent, SELVA International will display before and after pictures of sustainable, "Ocean Friendly Gardens." They'll have informational handouts on SELVA's EcoGardens program and Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens program. They will be distributing free LADWP water-saving devices (low-flow shower heads, sink aerators, and more!) Get your questions answered and free advice on ecological landscaping!
before...


Would you like to sign up for Selva's non-profit service to install a water saving EcoGarden at your home? Check out this service at http://www.selvainternational.org/ecogardens.htm and find out more at the Green Tent this Sunday.






Joining SELVA at the Green Tent we are lucky to have, Marla Brennan, the singing, fruit-juggling eco-chef. Catch her act from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Marla is also available to visit your school or play group and make the serious issue of saving the planet seem like child's play.




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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Final Footprint - Green Burial March 31, 2019


Here is one unexpected way to benefit those you leave behind: 


Transition Mar Vista and Bridging Transitions present: 

Greening Your Death: Your Final Footprint.


Dedicated to sustainable living, the green movement has been slow to address how our deaths impact the environment and that impact is larger than you think. 

In the US we bury 20 million board feet of wood for caskets, 1.6 million tons of concrete and 4.3 million gallons of embalming fluids containing Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, every year! And cremation, often thought of as a green alternative to burial, has a significant carbon footprint. 


There is a better way to go!

Join us this Sunday, March 31, at the Green Tent to learn all about Green Burial, at Sea burial, and other more earth friendly options.  You may also want to explore the Green Burial Council website.
Drop by for a chat, lots of information, resources, and play a communal game aimed at creating awareness. 

Honoring the human life cycle and honoring the earth can go hand in hand, so let's green our final footprint.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Master Gardeners - March 24, 2019

Return of the Master Gardeners!

The LA County Master Gardeners return to The Green Tent this Sunday from 9 am til 1 pm with a fun mix of free food plants — including edible flowers — and free seed packets. Stop by with your gardening questions and enrich your container, patio or backyard garden with one of these, grown expressly for the Mar Vista community.


Cilantro: love it or hate it, it’s a widely used herb that can brighten a salsa, an omelette, a dish of Indian curry or anything you want to add it to.

Kale:  Great dark green leafy veg that was once THE trendy food, but have you ever considered its nutritional value?  Loaded with vitamins, minerals and even protein! 

Scallions: yummy little sidekick or base for recipes. Itty bitty mini onions, only milder.



Peppers: a mix of bells and other varieties, both sweet, mild and hot 


Leeks:   Perfect when sautéed, grilled or roasted on their own or use them for mild onion flavoring in soups and stews



Spinach:  Just ask Popeye!



And you can eat these, too!  Calendula flowers and marigolds — but those marigolds can help your tomatoes ward off nematodes, which love their roots.

 And just because California officials declared we out of drought, doesn’t mean life will stay that way forever. It won’t. So please: BE WATER WISE !!!   


Got questions about your garden? Call or write to the Master Gardener hotline or consult these pages for articles that will help you.



And please, if you have any empty six packs (plastic, not beer!), let the MGs recycle them next month with even more plants to give away; just bring them to the booth.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

SLOLA - Seed Library of Los Angeles March 17, 2019


Saving Seeds - Saving the Planet

David King, SLOLA Chair, is waiting
to teach you about seed saving!

This Sunday, March 17 at the Green Tent, representing the Seed Library of Los Angeles, David King, founding chair, will have seed samples and information on upcoming SLOLA events!



SLOLA just launched their very own blog, so click here for updates and info that you won't want to miss!


SLOLA is our local organization protecting the diversity of our food supply – come and talk to David about saving some of the remaining seeds from summer or to gear up for the coming winter harvest. You can see the seed inventory awaiting checkout at SLOLA.




Monday, March 4, 2019

How We Eat Can Save Our Planet - March 10

HOW DO YOUR EATING HABITS IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?



According to the well-researched Drawdown Project data, if we can shift our habits to reduce food waste and eat lower on the food chain, we will significantly reduce the release of greenhouse gasses, the cause of global warming.


Sustain our fragile planet while you enjoy healthier, less expensive meals.

  Here are some tips to get you started.  Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and learn more or share your own suggestions.  


Eat foods in their original form.  
No processing to degrade food value, no packaging to deplete the environment.

Grow your own  
Food is right outside your door. What could be more convenient? Don't have space for your own garden?  Help a friend or neighbor with their crops and share the bounty.

Buy and prepare only what you need. 

Learn how experts such as Kitchen Karate help you determine the right quantities of food to purchase and prepare for your meals.  

Save Water
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Replace beef with other forms of protein to save water, money and lives.  And when you do consume animal protein, look into how it was raised.  Choose farmers who use more humane practices at all stages of meat production.

Prepare  and eat meals at home. You will burn about 250 calories for each meal you prepare.  If you have young children, include them in all phases of the process, from menu planning to cleaning up.  You will teach them a valuable skill which is empowering and a money saver.  





Mar Vista resident and Green Committee Chair Jeanne Kuntz is a certified wellness coach.  Stop by the Green Tent and get a free consultation on habit change.  Learn more at her  website, Teaching Wellness .

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Solar Energy March 3, 2019

Solar Power   

Solution #10 to Reverse Global Warming

Rooftop solar panels are ranked the #10 solution (out of 100) that will will help us achieve drawdown* by the year 2050.  Learn more about current rebates and general information about solar panels this Sunday, March 3, at the Green Tent.  Local solar expert Jeffrey Sugarman looks forward to answering your questions.

*Drawdown  is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. It's not a quick fix, but we CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING...if we all get on board and get our friends and families on board.  This is great news for humans and other living things.  It is a plan that invites us to participate at any level we can.   




There are many simple steps you can take (you are probably already doing some of them) to make an impact!  Check out this TED Talk to get the big picture:
Chad Frischmann simplifies Drawdown...

Monday, February 18, 2019

Master Gardeners - February 26, 2019

Return of the Master Gardeners!


With all the rain we’ve been having, your soil is just begging to be planted. So come to the Green Tent on Sunday, February 24 from 9 am to 1 pm and pick up some free seeds and a plant to get you started. There are lots of great gardening articles and monthly tips for LA County gardeners at this website but you can stop by the booth and  UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, 

This month, they’re giving away different varieties of peppers, from sweet red and yellow to mild anaheims and hot chilis. Get ready to make your favorite warming soup with the leeks you pick up, topped off with your own parsley, already started for you. 
fresh dill

Season it with some dill that you’ll grow yourself. Then add a delicious side dish of sugar snap peas — it’s nearly an entire meal from your backyard or patio!
snap peas

To learn more about how to grow, join one of these four-week Grow LA Victory Garden classes, run by Master Gardeners all across LA, including one at the Learning Garden at Venice High School.

Have a Gardening Question? 
Email mglosangeleshelpline@ucdavis.edu with a description of your concern or question. Attaching photos will help the Master Gardener diagnose the problem. OR, you can phone in your concern or question by leaving a detailed message at (626) 586-1988

And please, if you have any empty six packs (plastic, not beer!), let the MGs recycle them next month with even more plants to give away; just bring them to the booth.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Art Walk at the Green Tent - February 17 2019

This Sunday, February 17, you can get a preview of the upcoming Mar Vista Art Walk at the Green Tent!

Created as a means of improving the walkability of our neighborhood, The Mar Vista Art Walk is a fun, FREE celebration of all the arts.  

The quarterly Mar Vista Art Walk events encourage people to get out of their cars and enjoy local art along the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd, between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard. Visitors experience live art and local music, and support locally owned restaurants, galleries, and shops.
  
The theme for the March 7 Art Walk is Roots! We're celebrating the immigrant communities (most of us!) and the indigenous communities that call Los Angeles home.
  
Come to the Green Tent, located in the center of the Mar Vista Farmer's Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday and find out more about the Art Walk, opportunities to volunteer and what you can expect when you join the fun. And while you are there, check out Mar Vista's new street mural and buy some delicious organic produce or ready made meals.
  
The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists, 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, Michelle Pine Rappoport-KW Realty, KW Realty-Silicon Beach, RSI, Earthstar Creation Center and the M & R Vest Foundation.
  
Plan for the future! Here are the Mar Vista Art Walk dates and themes for 2019-2020:
  
2019:
Saturday, July 13, noon-10 pm: "Get Around" - A joint event with the Venice Art Crawl. All about alternate transportation.
  
Thursday, September 5, 6-10 pm: "Spectrum" - Celebrating the life of Blaze M. Bernstein and LGBTQ
  
Saturday, November 30, noon-10 pm (Small Business Saturday):  "Local Paths". A joint event with the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce. All about local enterprise.
2020:  The Year of Future/Perfect
Thursday, March 5, 6-10 pm:  "Water"  All about our oceans.
  
Saturday, June 6, noon-10 pm:  "Future Vision" - augmented reality, interactive/experiential art to explore other people’s/futuristic realities.
  
Thursday, September 3, 6-10 pm: "Green Dreams" - urban farming, local produce, cool future green spaces. Coinciding with harvest season. 
  
Saturday, November 28, noon-10 pm (Small Business Saturday): "Hope"...for a beautiful future.
Visit the Mar VIsta Art Walk page on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or go to http://www.marvistaartwalk.org for more information.