12.10.2011 Garden Fridays 12/09/2011 Recap

We continued our work on the herb spiral and the mess left by the wind storm. The organic garden is looking better with age and soon we will be planting seedling in the herb spiral.

Tim Martinez

Mixing earth and cement

Organic Food

Herb Spiral Garden Group Shot

Herb Spiral
Courtesy Jason Carman

12.07.2011 Running Dry Recap

Interesting ideas came out of the Running Dry discussion. Our students were engaged and were critical of everything that was discussed. Some cited local news articles and what was heard on KPCC on local water issues and the region.

A large discussion was on the scenario if we change local water policies to reduce waste, encourage deeper roots (deep watering) and reducing root rot (allowing drying out before re-watering). By doing this, we may have reduced the amount of damage from the recent wind storms.



concern pcc students
Courtesy Jason Carman

12.06.2011 Wind Storm in Pasadena

The college campus was closed last Thursday, due to the severe damage from the wind storm. Some of the traffic lights snapped and the light poles snapped like twigs.

The organic vegetable garden was resilient with only leaf debris. We mulched the leaves and mixed some of it into the active compost heap (as a brown).

wind damage at PCC

mess left after wind storm

storm aftermath clean up

Fake Banana Tree
Courtesy Jason Carman

12.05.2011 Running Dry

Tomorrow, December 6, 2011, ASPCC Sustainability Committee will be screening three short movies followed by an expert panel discussion on global water issues and the issues in our own backyard. Please join us. Refreshments will be served.


  • Jim Thebaut (filmmaker of Running Dry)
  • Anthony Fellow (Trustee, Pasadena City College and former VP, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District)
  • Tim Brick (Arroyo Seco Foundation and Metropolitan Water District)


  • Running Dry
  • Preview of Running Dry: Beyond the Brink
  • The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?

Learn more at runningdry.org

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Where: Wifi Lounge, CC Building
Time: Doors Open at 6 pm, 7-10 pm

Running Dry
Courtesy ASPCC Sustainability Committee

11.29.2011 Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 29 Recap

This weeks meeting was pretty light. We continued our struggle with the pampas grass. The European Earwig (Forficula auricularia) is a pest in the organic garden, destroying some of the melons.

On the plus side, large Preying Mantis is eating a few of the pests. Also, the wheat has sprouted, the leeks have tripled their size, and the beans are quickly growing.

preying mantis

Corn and fava beans

Pole Beans

organic melon

Courtesy Jason Carman

11.27.2011 Chickens in the City

Chick City

Author talk by Patricia Foreman - Saturday Dec 10

Let’s be honest.  Raising chickens small-scale in an urban backyard is totally different than raising a huge flock on a farm.  We deal with other issues, specific to the city, like neighbors and dogs and small gardens and rodents.  Unlike all those farm books, “City Chicks” tackles those city and small-flock issues.

Come join us on Sat Dec 10 as we welcome author Patricia Foreman.  At this gathering you can meet other local chicken enthusiasts, plus people involved in the local Transition movement.

Patricia Foreman has kept poultry for over 20 years. Her experience includes operating a small-scale farm raising free range, organic layers, broilers and turkeys. She keeps a backyard flock of heritage chickens.  Pat is also the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry, Backyard Market Gardening, and A Tiny Home to Call Your Own.

City Chicks explains that hens are not just utilitarian but fun and companionable.  City chickens can help build family and neighborhood bonds with grow-your-own food and bounty-sharing practices.  Locally produced nutritious food is key to community resilience.

Saturday Dec 10, 7pm (rain or shine)
Community hall of Holy Nativity
6700 West 83rd, Westchester / LA 90045

Source: Transition Los Angeles “Got Chickens? … Dec. 10” email to Seeds. 23 Nov 2011.