05.31.2011 Meeting Tuesday, May 31

This week’s meeting is very special as we are going to hold our annual club election. We know that it is getting close to finals and we ask if you could kindly attend this week’s meeting.

Currently, the President, Treasury and ICC Rep. positions are available.  I strongly encourage members to run for either position.

We will be meeting in the usual place.

Where: E320
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
When: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Altadena Urban Farmer’s Market

This last Sunday, was the first Urban Farmer’s Market in Altadena, since it was closed down by the county. It is organized by the Arroyo Time Bank and it features local organizations. It allows local urban farmers to sell their goods from their backyard to the local community.

Dr. Ling O'Connor

NELA Transition

Dr. Ling O’Connor, our club adviser, was tabling for Northeast Transition. It was her first time at the Urban Farmer’s Market and she was blown away with the strong community support.

Arroyo Food Co-Ops

Arroyo Time Bank

There was even a market to swap goods or services through the Arroyo Time Bank. Also, the different booths accepted bartering for goods in exchange for other goods or services.

Altadena Community Garden

Altadena Community Garden had a table and they were trying to add to the waiting list for garden plots. The only problem is there is over a two year waiting period.

Urban Market

Below are some photos showing the deep roots Altadena has in urban farming.

Raised Garden Bed


Chicken House


Feeding Goats

Garden Fridays 5/27/2011

This last Friday, we finally had the Steps For Change event, which we made stepping stones for the vegetable garden.



Talking About Summer

MaggieMixing Concrete

Adam helped mix the concrete and added some iron oxide to give it a red color.

Adding Oxides To The Concrete

Club members and other campus clubs, created interesting designs in the stepping stones, giving each stepping stone an unique touch.

Makig Stepping Stones

Talking About GMO Foods

We are still having problems with the pampas grass, which requires weekly removal.


The lettuce and bok choy has bolted and is going to seed.

Lettuce, Corn, Bok Choy

The sunflowers are developing their heads and we can’t wait see them blooming.


The tomatoes are now bigger than a golf ball and are rapidly growing each day.


Falling Asleep
Courtesy Jason Carman and Sonya Henar

05.23.2011 Upcoming Events

Below is the detailed list of our events this week:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Documentary screening of The Power of Community
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Where: E320 at PCC
FREE Snacks will be provided
This is an excellent documentary on peak oil and how we could survive it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Documentary screening of Split Estate
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Circadian in the CC Building
FREE Dinner will be provided at 7:00 pm.
This documentary covers the current problems with hydraulic fracking and mineral rights versus property rights (surface).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Student project display
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Campus Quad at PCC
Students from Environmental Science Class, will be presenting their projects. Please come and ask as many questions as possible on their projects.

Shift talk by Dr. Ling O’Connor
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: E320 at Pasadena City College 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Documentary screening of Life Running Out of Control
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: E320 at Pasadena City College
FREE Dinner will be provided at 7:00 pm.
Learn about issues with GMO products in the past as we expand into GMO fish. Also, learn the reasons why some organic products can no longer be considered organic certified.

Hopefully, you will be able to attend some or all of our events.

Meeting Tuesday, May 24

This week, will be special as we will be screening a movie during the regular meeting time. See the full schedule of events above.

A big thanks to all the members who have contributed to our events, making great progress on the organic vegetable garden and maintaining our current gardens.

05.22.2011 Garden Fridays 5/20/2011

We accomplished a massive cleanup and reorganization of the garden. Also, since we have been blessed with a cool wet spring, we planted a few more seeds and plants. We also started some herbs for the herb spiral.

Planting Seeds

Several members added more straw to the planters since the plants are mature.


Spreading StrawGarden Tools

We also got rid of items that we would never use in the garden and re-stacked the lumber and bricks (which are re purposed from house remodeling projects).

Garden Cleanup

Students laid out the garden bed around the air vent.

Laying down bricks

Gloves  Courtesy Maggie Lee and Jason Carman