Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Seed Library of Los Angeles - August 11 2019

Saving Seeds - Saving the Planet

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

This Sunday, August 11 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 recently 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.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 4 - Earth-Friendly Eating and Other Tips



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 .

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Master Gardeners July 28, 2019


On Sunday, July 28, from 9 am to 1 pm, the UCCE LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent, with plants and seeds to give away. Stop by for your choice of seed packets and these plants, lovingly grown by the MGs expressly for the Mar Vista community!.

Blue Lake Green Beans and Gold Rush yellow beans — these are BUSH beans so you don’t need to trellis them. And you can serve them raw in salad or pickled or lightly steamed as a side dish.

Cucumbers—Variety is called Straight Eight, 7 to 8 inches long and lightly striped. You should be able to harvest within 60 days. When life hands you cucumbers, make pickles! (or just put them in your salads).

Cilantro Slow bolt variety (won’t go to seed as fast in hot summer sun) Let the debate continue; yummy herb? Or soapy taste? It’s a wonderful, unique leafy flavoring that some love and others hate.  The current thinking, based on scientific studies, is that dislike is often genetic, hinging on a particular olfactory gene. 

Sunflowers   —  Who doesn’t love them? Autumn beauty variety, featuring mixed colors.
And don’t forget: Drop off those plastic “pony packs” so the MGs can bring you more garden goodness next month.

Italian Large Leaf Basil — They’re still small but that’s good — they’ll be easier to transplant! Use on sliced tomatoes with mozzarella and a splash of balsamic vinegar…or just some olive oil or toss it in with your pasta sauce — there’s always pesto, too! 

Have a Gardening Question? Email 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: remember to bring your empty six-packs so the MGs can grow more plants for you next month.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Composting - July 21, 2019


Come to the Green Tent this Sunday and learn about worm composting. It is super easy if you know the basic do's and don'ts.  And your worms won't care if you have a fancy "worm hotel" .  Adriana de la Cruz, will be displaying her homemade, on the cheap worm composting bin.  She will also have a wealth of information to share.  Sorry, no worms to give away.  But she might know where you can get them... 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Solar Power - July 14, 2019

This Sunday, July 14, At the Green Tent

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...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

ArtWalk + July 7, 2019

At the Green Tent this Sunday, July 7

Mar Vista ArtWalk is breaking into new territory...literally...

This summer the Mar Vista Art Walk is joining forces with the Venice Art Crawl to to expand this amazing event from Venice Beach to the 405.  Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday and learn more about this latest incarnation of our favorite community event.  
All are Welcome!

The theme is "Get Around" exploring all forms of alternative transportation.  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 first Mar Vista ArtWalk was held in December 2015, when the environmental non-profit Green Communications Initiative and local artists came together to encourage community members to stroll their sidewalks and explore their neighborhood “Main Street." 

Now over three years later the ArtWalk continues to bring lovers of all the arts together to support one another and the community. Our mission is to grow, learn, and improve the strength of our community of neighbors, artists, galleries, and small businesses.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Grey Water Conversion - June 30, 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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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Master Gardeners, June 22

It’s going to be a great summer in your garden. Stop by the Green Tent on Sunday, June 23, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. and see what the LA County Master Gardeners have grown for you this month to beautify your backyard, pretty up your table, or add to your healthy summer meals.

Who doesn’t love sunflowers? They’ve got ‘em, you can have ‘em.  

Cucumbers — what’s summer without pickles? 

And with sweet bell peppers, globe eggplant and basil ready to be planted, you’ve got 2/3 of an Italian or Asian-flavored meal already planned!  

How about some gumbo this summer? There’s okra to get you started. 

And great raw, steamed, roasted or blanched, bush beans (you don’t need to stake them!) will give your salad extra crunch … or get daring, plant ‘em then pickle ’em!

There’s a wealth of gardening wisdom on the Master Gardener website — start here for good advice and welcome information to improve your skills.

And don’t forget: Drop off those plastic “pony packs” so the MGs can bring you more garden goodness next month.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Species Jenga - June 16, 2019

At the GREEN TENT...

Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday, June16, and play species Jenga with local environmentalist Rebekah Shane.  This is a twist on traditional Jenga because it teaches people of all ages about the interdependence of our fragile ecosystem.
Ms. Shane will focus on the marine and the harmful effects of microplastics 

There is a lot we can do on an individual level to reverse this process.  Unlike a plastic bottle, you may be unwittingly consuming microplastics  Play the game and leave the tent with a better understanding of what is at stake and how you can help.

You may also want to check out the following Beat the Microbead a website which can identifies which commonly used cosmetics and cleaners contain microbeads. . 

Cutting down on microplastic production and consumption!

Microplastics, any plastic particles less than 5mm in size, are particularly harmful to marine habitats because they are ingested by animals  lower on the food chain. When they are ingested they can disrupt normal functionality (reproduction, escape from predators) cause starvation, death and ultimately extinction. Because these plastics affect animals lower in the food chain it causes major disruptions up the line as larger predators Including humans  are left with lower prey populations filled with plastic. Plastic bioaccumulates in as it progresses up the food chain thus by the time we eat food, we are getting a heavy dose of plastic ourselves.

Though an immense amount of plastic enters the oceans despite water treatment facilities filtration systems, water treatment facilities are incapable of filtering microplastics and thus an enormous amount of microplastics enters marine ecosystems each day through our sinks showers washing machines and toilets

WE use micro plastics in
  • Scrubs
  • Face peels
  • Facial Cleansers
  • Hand Soaps
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Toothpastes
  • Lipsticks
  • Concealers
  • Hair Sprays
  • Hair Gels
  • Anti Blemishing Pads
  • Other makeups
  • Skincare exfoliants
  • Sunscreens

To Help make informed decisions when buying products that may contain microplastics refer to

  • To avoid consuming Micro plastics
  • Stop using Plastic water bottles
  • Reduce Plastic Packaging

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Trash Talk - June 9, 2019


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. Pick up a free bamboo product sample.
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 Adriana de la Cruz is a local Mar Vista resident and self-proclaimed enthusiast of REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE. Her goal is to share her knowledge of waste and help the public understand their role in waste creation and reduction, and how they can help sustain our environment.

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 the ground!