Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Thousand Suns

by bingwa

so... milli sent me a link of a documentary entitled A Thousand Suns. She got this movie title through FoodMatters and we wanted to share it with you. Before writing about our take on the topics the movie covers, we wanted you to view it and we we were hoping to get your feedback about these events taking place. It would be great for us to engage in conversation on these topics because it affects us all on both a small scale and a global one.

Thanks and enjoy. Once we get feedback from everyone we'll continue on how we feel about these matters. Wishing everyone the best day of giving thanks and we're thankful to be able to share our experiences with you.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Edible & Medicinal Plant workshop w/ Olivia Chumacero

Join Olivia Chumacero at Farmlab 1745 North Spring LA CA, tomorrow 11/21 @ 9:30am for a free edible & medicinal plant workshop.

She will identify and explain the medicinal & edible properties of several Central American & American native plants. You will also have the opportunity to cut and harvest seeds in the Los Angeles Historic State Park next to china town. Everyone is welcomed!
Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, & don't forget your hat. You may also want to bring a note pad & camera.

I took the workshop earlier today and thought it was very informative and empowering, don't miss it!

If you can't make it tomorrow, check out the following workshops held at Farmlab:
Dec. 4 & 5 Harvest Flowers/Clearing
Dec. 18 & 19 Seed Give-away/Till/Mulch

Happy Vibes,

For more info:

-- Post From the Field

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Growing Chibeagle :)

Hehehe, discovered our little "Scoopy" happily sitting in the window box next to the basil :)

P.S. Windowbox was safely sitting inside the kitchen :)

-- Post From the Field

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Need Mulch?

Laying "SodFather" mulch around fruit trees Nov. 1

Tim Dundon "SodFather" (626) 794-1351 is who we call when we need mulch. Why mulch? Well... there are a several reasons. Mulch protects the soil from erosion,
prevents weed growth, conserves moisture, reducing the need for frequent waterings, maintains a more even soil temperature, and reduces compaction from the impact of heavy rains. Be sure not add more than 2 inches of mulch around your plants in fall/winter to reduce fungi and diseases. In the spring/summer you may add up to 4 inches of mulch. Also be sure that the mulch is not touching the stem or trunk of your trees to prevent rot or diseases.

Since Eco-Man Bingwa and I love to reuse everything, we take our empty soil bags to pick-up mulch from Tim. Those soil bags sure come in handy!

Tim Dundon blurb in Los Angeles Magazine Homegrown Edition October 09
How About Them Apples?

In Tim Dundon's World, everyone wins - He clears away the unwanted manure and the organic wood shavings that serve as bedding for the horses at Altadena Stables and turns them into compost so powerful, he's dubbed it "craptonite." He practically gives away the fertilizer, which attracts worms and microbes as it cures ("it's a continours party in there," he says). Come to his place with bags in hand and hel'll be happy to accept a small donation. Order a delivery and he charges for drive time, but the compost is free. The way Dundon sees it, he's helping "the army of people creating their own food. Its time we got an economy that revolves around life instead of money."

Many of us respect and adore the "SodFather." Just in case you're not looking to drive to Altadena or don't need a truck load of mulch...
check out the list below:

Free Mulch: Available Locations

San Pedro
1400 N. Gaffey Street
Time of operation : 7:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m., Seven days a week.

Lake View Terrace
11950 Lopez Canyon Rd., At Paxton Street
Time of operation : 7:00 a.m. To 6:00 p.m., Seven days a week.

West Valley
16600 W. Roscoe Blvd.
Time of operation : 7:00 a.m. To 6:00 p.m., Seven days a week.

East LA
2649 E. Washington Blvd.
Time of operation : 9:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

West LA
6000 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Time of Operation: 7:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m Seven days a week.

Silver Lake
3000 Gilroy Street
Time of Operation: 7:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m Seven days a week.

More to come...

Have a positive & productive week...


Critters Attack

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program for Los Angeles

Yvonne Savio & Milli Macen-Moore
3rd Annual Gathering of Community Gardens, Oct. 24-25, 2009

UC Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County, Common Ground Garden Program

Becoming a Master Gardener has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in life. Empowering others on how to grow and supplement their food, is simply an honor.


Our Mission...

The Common Ground garden Program helps Los Angeles County residents to garden, grow their food, and healthfully prepare it. Our targeted audience and priority are to serve limited-resource residents and those traditionally underrepresented.

By training community volunteers, we empower neighborhoods to create their own solutions.

The details:

You will attend 13 Saturdays from 9-4pm in Spring (March, April, and May). You'll have the opportunity to meet and surround yourself with like hearted and minded people. Lessons will be taught by scientist, community gardeners, horticulturists, sustainable landscapers, and fellow Master Gardeners. Plus you'll have the opportunity to visit many gardens.

If you're interested in applying for 2010 Master Gardener program, I suggest you join Yvonne Savio's elist (send an email to: asking to be added either "Community Gardening & Food Security - LA County residents", "School Gardening - LA County residents." Everyone on the elist will automatically receive the November email announcement of the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program.

Major criteria for acceptance include previous community service (not necessarily in gardening), passion to help low-income county residents grow and eat more nutritious vegetables, and initiative to network, establish and conduct projects.

So there you have it, don't forget to check out the UC Cooperative Extension Common Ground website for more details... Hope to be seeing you in the 2010 Master Gardener class!

Up next... what's up with the garden???

Monday, November 2, 2009

Recycle/Reuse Your Household Throwaways in the Garden with Yvonne Savio

Recycle/Reuse Your Household Throwaways in the Garden! On Saturday, November 7, at 11am, Yvonne Savio will be at the Atwater Village Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 3379 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039, to demonstrate lots of ways to turn trash into "new" garden tools. She'll also show Huell Howser's "California's Green" program of his visit to her Pasadena garden.

Eric and I won't miss it!