10.02.2012 Muir Ranch CSA

If you missed this last week’s tour of a working CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Pasadena.They showed us around their 3 acre farm, in the middle of a high school.

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

04.16.2012 LA Gran Limpieza, the Great LA River Cleanup

La Gran Limpieza: The Great Los Angeles River Cleanup is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the Los Angeles River revitalization effort and on the environment. Trash from the entire Los Angeles River Watershed collects in the tributaries and main river channel. The trash then flows down to Long Beach polluting not only your neighborhood, but the Pacific Ocean.

You will have fun, meet like minded friends, and gain a sense of ownership of the river. Please bring boots, gloves, sunscreen, and all your friends.

Register for the confluence site at Cleanup Registration

Source: http://www.arroyoseco.org/fullevent.php?ID=1290

LA River Cleanup
Courtesy FoLAR.org

04.15.2012 Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival 2012

We had a great time at the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival 2012. We talked to Fair Trade Pasadena and how our campus can become a fair trade in a fair trade town.

Bike San Gabriel Valley handed out fliers for the Pasadena City College iBike program.

Our friends at the Arroyo Seco Foundation, NELA Transition and Pasadena Learning Gardens provided important information on sustainability movements in Pasadena. They all said that they would be at our Sustainable Living Week at PCC.

Pasadena Art and Earth Festival 2012 Banner

Large Crowd

Fair Trade Pasadena

Bike San Gabriel Valley

Arroyo Seco Foundation

University of California Common Ground Garden Program

NELA Transition

Live Entertainment

Pasadena Public Works

Zero Emmisions Electric Car

Pasadena Water and Power

Arroyo Time Bank