02.26.2011 Treepeople: Volunteer Opportunity

The Cross Culture Center invites you to join us and TreePeople to replant trees in areas that were affected by the Station Fire. Transportation will be provided by Pasadena City College.

Please bring a sack lunch and proper work attire.

Time: 8:00 am - 3 pm
Where: Meet at PCC on Bonnie Ave.
When: Saturday March 19, 2011

TreePeople Flier
Courtesy David Plunkett

02.07.2011 In Conversation with Julia Butterfly and Daryl Hannah

The Pasadena City College Sustainability Committee will be hosting a talk with Julia Butterfly and Daryl Hannah. With the recent events in Aracadia and Hahamonga, it is more than necessary that we must protect our precious resources. Please come and join us.

Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Sexson Auditorium
When: Thursday, April 21, 2011

In Conversation Flier
Courtesy ASPCC

02.23.2011 ‘organic Sundays’ with Yvonne Savio.

There was a good turn out. Savio had some really low cost ideas that would cost several hundreds of dollars in products from a gardening magazine. Afterward, she showed us how to start a vegetable garden without spending any money.

Here is a older video:

02.21.2011 Milagro Allegro Community Garden

I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Highland Park (100 percent organic garden). I personally would like to thank Oscar Duardo, Milli Macen-Moore, and Brenda Quintero for their tips and donation of seeds for our garden. I learned a lot from speaking with Brenda and she has graciously volunteered to help us out any way that she can.


They have an interesting and fair way to distribute plots. Every two years, a lottery is held and individuals whose name is drawn is either given a plot or given the privilege of continuing to use their plot. Individuals who live within several blocks of the garden are given three chances, then people who live in the community are given two chances, and people from outside the community are given one chance. Any plot that is not maintained gets put back into a drawing.


Winter Crops

Check out Brenda’s plot below. Unfortunately, she didn’t win the lottery.

Brenda's Plot

Urban Farming

Check out this cool tool shed and large free compost pile.


What is really crazy is the 6×12 plot blog (not shown here). They were able to harvest over 100 pounds of 100 percent organic vegetables and fruit from one plot.

Smells like food
Courtesy Jason Carman

Please visit Milagro Allegro Community Garden’s website.

02.18.2011 Recycle Items Into Garden Tools

This coming Sunday, Milagro Allegro Community Garden will be hosting “Organic Sundays” with Yvonne Savio. Yvonne will discuss how to turn common household items into garden tools. She will also be talking about seed starting.

Bring a milk jug and an egg carton. A $10 donation is suggested but the event is free.

You can learn more at http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/garden/articles/recycle.html. Also, check out http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/ for more ideas.

Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Milagro Allegro Community Garden
115 S. Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Map)
When: Sun, Feb. 20, 2011

Organic Sundays Poster
Courtesy Milagro Allegro

02.16.2011 Hahamongna Walkabout

Come learn about the threats to Hahamongna Watershed in Pasadena and How you can help to protect this unique ecosystem.

Learn more at http://www.savehahamongna.org/walkabout.htm.

UPDATE: Due the rain, Hahamongna Walkabout has been rescheduled for March 5, 2011.

Time: 9 am to noon
Where: Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL
Foothill Blvd. and Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA (Map)
When: Sat, Feb. 19, 2011

Hahamongna Walkabout
Courtesy Arroyo Seco Foundation