08.16.2011 National Honeybee Awareness Day

This coming Saturday is National Honeybee Awareness Day. I recently met a member of the HoneyLove conservation organization. They will be hosting an event in Mar Vista with a free screening of the Vanishing of the Bees afterwards. Check out the flyer below.

When: Saturday, August 20
Time: 2-5:30 pm
Where: Mar Vista Branch Library,
12006 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90066

bee
Courtesy HoneyLove.org

Organic Sundays: Saving Seeds

This coming Sunday learn how to preserve our heritage, biodiversity, and increase food security thought seed saving. Join us as Megan Bomba shows us how simple it is to save seeds and different seed saving techniques.
Cost: FREE!

David King, Chair of the Seed Library of Los Angeles, will be bring the mobile seed library. Lifetime membership is only $10, allowing you to borrow seeds.

Concluding the class, there will be a free garden swap, where you can trade with fellow gardeners with your garden bounty.

Check out the SLOLA at http://slola.org/.

What: Organic Sundays
When: Sunday, August 21, 2011
Time: 5 pm
Where: Milagro Allegro Community Garden
115 S. Avenue 56
Highland Park, CA 90042

Saving Seeds Flier
Courtesy http://hpgarden.org/

08.07.2011 The Edible Garden

We received this interesting email from Yvonne Savio.I hope every will check it out. We will be posting the dates for the Grow LA Victory Garden class.

Hi, All

Five of our Los Angeles County Master Gardeners are highlighted on the upcoming KCET special: The Edible Garden: Breaking Ground

  1. Armi Robles
  2. Florence Nishida
  3. Kwaku Annor
  4. Milli Macen-Moore
  5. Paul Ishii

Airdates:

  • Tue Aug 16 at 8:00PM on KCET
  • Tue Aug 16 at 9:30PM on KCET
  • Wed Aug 17 at 12:00AM on KCET
  • Wed Aug 17 at 1:30PM on KCET
  • Fri Aug 19 at 12:00AM on KCET
  • Fri Aug 19 at 12:00PM on KCET
  • Sun Aug 21 at 12:00PM on KCET
  • Sun Aug 21 at 5:00PM on KCET
  • Wed Aug 24 at 9:00PM on KCET

Here’s the link – Note the fabulous picture of Florence! http://www.kcet.org/shows/the_edible_garden_breaking_ground/the-edible-garden-breaking-ground.html

Here’s the basic introduction: Backyard gardens are sprouting up all over the country. Thousands of people are rediscovering the joys and benefits of growing their own vegetables. But if you’ve never put a spade into the ground where do you start? “The Edible Garden: Breaking Ground” takes you step-by-step through the basics.

Six expert gardeners will show you how they use sustainable methods to grow beautiful organic produce. They tell you how to size up your land and lay out your garden; how to create nourishing soil; how to decide what to plant; how to deal with pests without insecticides; how to water and harvest your crops.

You’ll see how gardens come in all shapes and sizes — big and small, on flat ground and slopes, in sun and shade, in containers and in community plots. Whether it’s eating healthy, getting in touch with nature or saving money, more and more would-be ‘green thumbs’ are joining what has been called the “grow-your-own revolution”.

Val Zavala hosts this informative program that inspires the backyard farmer in all of us.

Ciao for now

Yvonne Savio

Common Ground Garden Program Manager, University of California Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County 4800 E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90022