09.30.2011 It Takes a Village to Transition a Lawn

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North East Los Angeles Transition invites you to participate in “It Takes a Village to Transition a Lawn”, the transformation of an existing 3000 sq/ft lawn into a diverse, natural garden which conserves water, attracts birds and insects with a design based on natural ecosystems.  This garden will be a place to hold workshops in the future.   This transformation will take place at Throop Church in Pasadena on the weekends of October 8-9, and October 22-23.

It is a great opportunity to learn from experienced permaculturists and landscaper designers about planting a fruit and nut tree guild, drought tolerant planting, herb garden establishment, water harvesting, swale building and community building. Bring a shovel and gloves.

Participation is FREE!

Spread the word!
Please help us make sure we have enough people participating as there will be plenty of work to do.  Even if you can’t make it, Invite your friends on Facebook or forward this email.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=245148978864792

NELA Transition Learning Garden Wiki Page: http://nela-transition.wikispaces.com/Throop+Learning+Garden

Part 1
Sat-Sun, October 8-9, 2011 (8:00 a.m. - 4 PM)
Sod removal, create swale trenches, and build a retaining wall using recycled pieces of sidewalk and patio concrete
Event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=245148978864792

Art Installation
Saturday, October 15, 2011 (10:00 a.m - 3 PM)
Ron Saunders’ Cardboard Village Art Installation
Work with contemporary artist Ron Saunders to construct an interpretive “village” at the garden site. The site-specific installation will remain on public display until the 21st.
Event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153666798058881

Part 2
Sat-Sun, October 22-23, 2011 (8:00 a.m. - 4 PM)
Remove bermuda rezones, complete the retaining walls and swales, and water lines

Part 3
Sat-Sun, November 5-6, 2011 (8:00 a.m. - 4 PM)
Place layers of mulch - cardboard, wood chips. Plant trees and plants

****** Resources Needed *******

Tools: Shovels, Wheel Barrows, Rakes

If you have any of the following, contact people@nelatransition.org or call 626-794-2587. Mulch, Cardboard, Urbanite (broken pieces of concrete), Gravel
Plants- Natives, drought tolerant, succulants, herbs, a Truck to move supplies


For more information, contact people@nelatransition.org or call 626-794-2587

Source: NELA Transition. “It Takes a Village to Transition a Lawn” email to Seeds. 29 Sept. 2011.