08.17.2012 Jeffrey Smith

Hi PCC Seeds of Change,

I just want to remind you that a very special meeting of the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) will take place this Saturday, August 18, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm at The Learning Garden.

Two very special guests — Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and a leading authority on the health dangers of GMOs, and Tom Newmark, board member of Greenpeace USA and founder of Sacred Seeds Sanctuary — will give expert presentations on the hazards of GMOs and why Prop 37, California’s “Right to Know” GMO ballot measure, is essential to our health.

A suggested donation of $10 will help support their speaker tour and SLOLA.

The meeting will close with a tomato tasting featuring an assortment of tomatoes grown by SLOLA members. Please feel free to bring samples of any or all of the varieties you’ve grown, along with growing tips for your fellow backyard gardeners.

And please share this e-mail with your friends! This meeting is a great opportunity to expand SLOLA’s community of supporters.

Thank you,
P.S. Please note that the seed library will not be open this month.

Tim Smith
Membership Chair

The Learning Garden is at the corner of Venice Boulevard and Walgrove Avenue, in Venice. Parking is available on the street and the entrance is on Walgrove, just south of Venice. Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Source: Seed Library of Los Angeles Membership “Reminder about this Saturday’s special meeting” to Seeds. 16 Aug. 2012

08.09.2012 Upcoming Documentary Screenings

Thursday, August 9th, 7:00 PM

Conscientious Projector will present Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction.

One of the most under-reported news stories of the day is the alarming rate of species extinction now taking place around the world, from 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than previously normalexpectations, and potentially resulting in the loss of over half of all plant and animal species within the next few decades.

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is the first feature documentary to examine this growing threat to biodiversity and Earth’s life support systems. It also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop and continue to reinforce it.

A community discussion follows the film.

The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Meet like minded folks at the community screening and post film discussion.

In addition there is a FREE Summer Film Series hosted by CP at All Saints Church, 130 No Euclid, Pasadena.

The upcoming films are

Wed Aug 15, 7 pm Home

Renowned aerial photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand evokes a dual sense of wonder and urgency in this chronicle of Earth’s ecosphere and humanity’s place in it. He takes us on an enthralling flight over 54 countries and 120 locations to illustrate in awe-inspiring visual imagery both the beauty and vulnerability of the life system in which we live. Narrated by Glenn Close.

Wed Aug 29, 7 pm The Shock Doctrine

Wed Sept 5, 7 pm Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action

For more info on Conscientious Projector films contact martycoleman@pacbell.net

Source: NELA Transition “nela-transition-news] Newsletter, August 9th 2012, Throop Garden Bounty, Hahamongna Master Plan, Repair Cafe,…” to Seeds. 09 Aug. 2012

07.15.2012 Hahamongna Watershed EIR

City of Pasadena is working on the environmental impact report (EIR) for their plan to build an athletic field and expanded lot in Hahamongna Watershed. Read the full set of information at http://www.savehahamongna.org/hahaeirtoolkit.htm

Sycamore Grove Athletic Field: This project will create a new athletic field and expand the current parking lot in Hahamongna Watershed Park. Twenty-seven acres in the middle of the Hahamongna basin will be filled in, compacted and elevated to place the athletic field and parking lot above the area that floods frequently.

The project will also include relocating the current disc golf course onto the twenty-acre elevated pad and the expansion of the current parking lot from 100 to 200 parking spaces along with various storm drain improvements.

Source: http://www.savehahamongna.org/hahaeirtoolkit.htm

Please send your responses and comments regarding the scope of the EIR to:

Rosa Laveaga, City of Pasadena, Department of Public Works,
Phone: (626) 744-4321
E-mail: mbmuproject@cityofpasadena.net,
Mailing Address: City of Pasadena, Department of Public Works, Attn: Engineering Division, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91101

05.26.2012 Permaculture Garden Cleanup

We had some wonderful help from Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) this week with our Permaculture garden. We gave a presentation a few weeks back to AGS’s members, on the benefits that the gardens on campus bring to the campus, its students and the community. AGS made it an official volunteer opportunity.

A big thanks to everyone in AGS that helped with our clean up.

AGS and Seeds

pulling weeds

AGS Members Pulling Weeds

Newest Seeds Memeber Pulling WeedsWeeds all over the permaculture garden

Beautiful PCC's Permaculture Garden

AGS's Army of Members

Bermuda Grass and Other Non Natives
Courtesy Jason Carman

05.25.2012 Sustainable Living Week Part 2

Pasadena Department of Transportation provided information on alternative transportation, including the ARTS System and bike paths. They had exciting news that they are moving their fleet of buses to hybrids. Unfortunately, they were unable to find any reliable electric buses.

Pasadena Water and Power raffled off gift buckets (the items were in a water bucket) with low flow shower heads, faucet aerator, fluorescent bulbs (sorry no LED lights) dish wiper, emergency light, and other small goodies.

They also talked about the turf replacement program, where City of Pasadena will pay you to remove your grass from your yard and replacing them California native plants.Also, a solar initiative which they will install solar systems at your house, plus a bonus weatherization consult, to reduce your consumption.

 Arroyo Seco Foundation informed students on the threats to Pasadena’s waterways, including Hahamonga Watershed. Click here to check out this year’s walk about.

Fair Trade Pasadena talked about the recent movement of changing Pasadena to a fair trade town.Fair Trade prevents slave labor in third world countries, guarantees a fair wage for small family farmers, and follows ethnic standards. There is a local cafe in Pasadena that is 100 percent Fair Trade.

See-Go-Green is Pasadena City College’s newest environmental group. They held a e-waste drive that completely filled up their vehicles. By giving them your e-waste, they were able to divert dangerous heavy metals from entering our landfills, which may end up in our drinking water.

Department of Transportation

Pasadena Water and Power

Arroyo Seco Foundation

DIY Solar Power (photovoltaic)

Fair Trade

See-Go-Green E-Waste Drive

PCC Seeds of Change
Courtesy Jason Carman

05.24.2012 Sustainable Living Week 2012

A big thank you to Hanna Israel (VP for Sustainability), AS Sustainability Committee and UNA-USA Student Alliance for make Sustainable Living Week possible.

Associated Students

Green Menu

Sharon Newman-Gomez and her solar ovens

The death ray solar oven


Student Projects
Courtesy Jason Carman