12.29.2011 Tim Martinez Arroyo Verde Award

Tim Martinez, an active PCC Seeds of Change member received the Arroyo Verde Award for his work in organizing arroyo events and volunteering.

11.01.2011 Radical Home Ec for a Post-consumer World

Join Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen for Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, part of the Altadena Heritage’s Sustainability Series.

Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World will share tips and tricks for growing your own food with as little work as possible. He will discuss edible landscaping, the best vegetables to grow in Southern California, and how to control pests without pesticides.

Admission is free for members of Altadena Heritage,  $5 for non-members. Please RSVP 626-344-4783 or altadenaheritage@earthlink.net.

Source: Altadena Heritage

When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at 7 pm
Where: Altadena Community Center
730 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena, CA 91001

Radical Home
Courtesy Altadena Heritage

10.23.2011 Jeffrey Smith Coming to Caltech

What are the potential impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on food supplies, human health, and the environment? What are government and industry roles in GMO policy?

Hear internationally bestselling author and activist Jeffrey M. Smith speak about what GMOs mean for the environment and public health, nationally and internationally. Join us for this unique chance to understand an increasingly influential perspective on GMO science and policy.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Friday, October 28th, at 7:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium (Caltech)
Food and drinks provided.
Everyone is welcome!

Sponsored by: Graduate Student Council, Alumni Associate, Student Life, and
the Caltech Y

Supported by: Weston A. Price Foundation, RIPE, SASS

Source: Rosemary Rohde “Upcoming events… Join us and spread the word” email to Seeds. 19 Oct. 2011.

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


  • 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

05.08.2011 Julia Butterfly-hill and Daryl Hannah Article

Dot Cannon wrote a wonderful article of the Julia Butterfly-Hill and Daryl Hannah event hosted at Pasadena City College. Please check it out at http://pasadenascene.blogspot.com/2011/04/hill-hannah-share-environmental.html.

05.06.2011 Sustainable Landscaping Event

We received an email from Mark Rice, Co-Organizer of tonight’s More Sustainable Landscaping Presentation. The event will be at the Coral Learning Garden in Pasadena. It is free with snacks from O Happy Days.

Where: The Coral Learning Garden (home of Pasadena Learning Gardens)
2750 East New York Drive Pasadena, CA
When: Friday, May 6, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM

I’m leading this presentation on “more” Sustainable Landscaping Friday evening (tomorrow), come a little early and see the gardens, then settle down and check out my version of the UC Master Gardener view of Sustainable Landscaping.

The presentation is free, with vegan snacks from O Happy Days and tea… Also we are offering a number of classes and publicizing them on the meetup site so I’d encourage you to check it out and join up….

This is an introduction to our Four-week Sustainable Landscaping Workshop.

Kitchen Gardeners/Urban Farmers “More” Sustainable Landscaping presentation
Come learn the what, why, and how about sustainable landscaping at a free presentation.

What? Design and plan a landscape that provides for your needs while nurturing the dynamic cycles of nature
Why? Save money, improve family, home, and community heath, and reconnect with nature
How? Assess your current situation and the options available and develop an informed plan and schedule

The State of California trained a number of local Master Gardeners to help their communities adopt more sustainable landscapes. Experts from UC Davis, UC Riverside and several other research centers taught a series of classes over a weekend at the Huntington Gardens. This 90 minute presentation / discussion will summarize these presentations and provide information more targeted to the needs of homeowners in the Pasadena area.

Thanks, as always, for your support