10.31.2010 Growing Home: Agriculture in the City

Check out this upcoming event at the Huntington Library:

Combining talk and tours, tastings and tools, Growing Home is an all day event to celebrate home gardeners and introduce the Huntington’s new urban agricultural station, the Ranch. In the morning, everyone will gather for talks, networking, and lunch. Rosalind Creasy, pioneer of edible landscaping, will give the keynote speech and sign copies of the new edition of her landmark book, Edible Landscaping. In the afternoon, concurrent tracks will focus on soil, organization, animals, food, and touring the new facilities. The day will end with a raffle!

Speakers include a keynote by Rosalind Creasy and speakers from Silverlake Farms, Los Angeles; Homegrown Evolution, Los Angeles; Food Not Lawns, Claremont; Ecoworkshops.com, Topanga; The Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino; Metabolic Studio, Los Angeles; Full Circle Gardens, Los Angeles; Backwards Beekeepers, Los Angeles; Little Flower Candy Co., Pasadena; Fallen Fruit, Los Angeles; Sustainable Habitats, Los Angeles; and UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Los Angeles.

For a more scholarly conference, please see Bringing Home the Ranch at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/129148

NOTE: No one under 12 years old will be admitted.

Registration and morning refreshments begin at 8:30. The speakers’ series, located in Friends’ Hall, is from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Vegetarian lunch and book signing is from 12:30 to 2:00, followed by the keynote address. In the afternoon, participants rotate through a wide variety of workshops and demonstrations. About 15 minutes of walking is required between venues.

The Annenberg Foundation has provided generous support for this program.

Source: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

When: November 13, 2010
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Where: The Huntington Library (Map)
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Price: $25.00 (includes lunch)

Contact: Rachel Vourlas at 626-405-2100

10.30.2010 Cool Swarm Capture Video

Check out this bee swarm capture video:

Habitat for Humanity

Seeds of Change club member, David Plunkett, is organizing a Habitat for Humanity house building event.

When: Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
Time: 7 am - 4 pm
Where to sign-up: CC105 ( a $5 refundable deposit is due at sign-up)

Contact David (626-585-7123 x 7117) for more information.

Habitat for Humanity
Courtesy David Plunkett

A Thousand Suns Movie

Thanks to everyone who showed to our first movie screening. Below is the full movie in case you were unable to join us or want to see it again.

Saturday Permaculture Garden Recap

I am grateful to everyone who came out and revived the permaculture garden. Winessa was kind enough to take a few pictures for us. I hope that this will be the beginning of a string of successful garden projects this semester.

Seeds of Change club member David, has arranged to have Kellogg Garden Products to donate all the soil and supplies that we need to complete the vegetable garden this upcoming week.


students in the garden


Native plants

back filling

group shot
Courtesy Winessa Nartia

October 19, 2010 Meeting Recap

Donations from Kellogg Garden Supplies:

  • With the donations from Kellogg Garden Supplies, we will have enough resources to start our community vegetable garden.
  • It was proposed in the future to use excess resources to create new gardens on campus.
  • On Saturday October 23, 2010, we will be reviving the permaculture garden in the Quad. The event will be held between 9 am to noon.

Storage of donated supplies:

  • It was proposed that we either cut the amount or space out the deliveries of donated materials as we don’t have enough space to store it all at once.
  • A big thanks to David for his dedication on starting the first community garden on campus.

Seeds of Change Club Banner:

  • We discussed what to put on our recycled fabric banner.
  • One of the ideas was to use club members hand prints to make an interesting scene to make it personal and an interesting art piece.

OMD Carnival:

  • We decided to be a part of the Pasadena Carnival being sponsored by OMD and be a part of our community.
  • The carnival will be held on November 18, 2010 from 11am to noon.

The AS Sustainability Committee will be advising the cancellation of Pepsi’s exclusive contract.

  • The AS Sustainability Committee wants to promote a free market, which will allow several companies to compete on campus.
  • This would allow organic and vegan options on campus.

We will be working with the AS Sustainability Committee and students from PCC in creating a post-consumerism week in which we would show Avatar and organize a demonstration on one time use plastic bottles.

  • We discussed the last semester’s four day long clothing swap and the movie, What Would Jesus Buy?
  • We discussed other ways to reach more people on campus and in our community.

We watched a video of Alec Loorz.

We Need A Revolution. Nobody cares 50 years from now. Wants to transition our world to sustainability and get away from fossil fuels. Every generation needs a revolution. iMatter is our change, our revolution. Revolution.. Turn around: need to transform our value system. iMatter, a 1 million youth march.

You can watch the video at http://www.pccseedsofchange.com/2010/10/21/alec-loorz/.

We exercised the idea of bringing Alec Lorz to Pasadena City College..

  • We discussed the idea of streaming Alec live to high schools and internationally via the Internet.
  • We also had the idea of bringing 3 or 4 other speakers.
  • We held a vote in which 11 voted yes, 2 voted no, and 0 sustain in bringing Alec to speak at Pasadena City College
  • Alec will be having a march in May 2011.
  • We discussed possible dates (May or March?), but request to explore open dates with Alec.