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Cob repair days – March and April

Cob repair days – March and April

Want to play in the mud? Are you interested in building with cob? (straw + mud combination, a sustainable building method) A small team will be repairing the Westchester Community Oven during selected workdays in March and April. Damage to the Oven During one of the fierce January storms, high winds lifted the rain tarp and the Oven was exposed to a downpour.

How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

It’s a new year. But even moreso, it’s a completely new era. The ground rules have all changed – from what is fact, to what is science, to what is news – to the point that many of us hardly know which way is up. In the midst of all this turmoil, there have been a few articles which really helped me solidify my own direction. One of these is a thoughtful, well-considered post by Ijeoma Oluo, “7 Ways you…

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Positive environmental news

Positive environmental news

Get the kind of news you want, in the format you want! We offer many different types of message-delivery. Please sign up for your favorites! Events and Classes. Join the Environmental Change-Makers email list to get news of events, classes, and gatherings at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity in Westchester/Los Angeles. The topics run the gamut from organic gardening to Permaculture and Transition Movement to activism and sustainable lifestyles. subscribe here. Change-Making News. Joanne’s newsletter is more chatty than…

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Placemaking and City Repair in Los Angeles

Placemaking and City Repair in Los Angeles

Are you interested in this kind of fun? Here’s a marvelous video about Mark Lakeman’s City Repair work in Portland.  We’re putting together a project in Los Angeles! If you’re interested (or curious), contact the Environmental Change-Makers.  The initial planning team is forming now! Tentative dates for L.A. Placemaker Training: March 26-27, 2016.  Design charette possible the week of March 21.  Project installation would be after El Niño.  

Join people around the world calling for climate action

Join people around the world calling for climate action

Thousands of people are marching this weekend in cities everywhere to call for climate action at this coming week’s Paris negotiations.  The photos are now streaming in from around the world. (Check 350.org or the #climatemarch hashtag) In Paris — where police shut down the planned march because of the recent terrorism — people made sure their voices were still heard, in beautiful fashion.  At dawn, thousands of people lined up their shoes, so that their shoes marched when they…

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Green Friday – Nov 27 – an alternative to consumerism

Green Friday – Nov 27 – an alternative to consumerism

Be a producer, rather than a consumer. Are you sick of all the ads and consumerism that now invade our lives even before Halloween?  …the deluge of STUFF that you know is so bad for our planet, its climate, and all humanity … Do you want to do something simple, to help put in place solutions?  Do you want to gather with people who understand? Come to ECM’s Green Friday event on Friday Nov 27.

Reflections on 10 Years of Change-Making

Reflections on 10 Years of Change-Making

In November 2005 we held a small gathering — a book launch party for Legacy: A Story of Hope. We didn’t know it at the time, but that small gathering was the first for a group that would become the Environmental Change-Makers. It was the start of a chain of change-making events and projects that would see the building of the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, and the Westchester Community Oven. It would include hosting…

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Ten years!

Ten years!

I’ve just finished up the photo slideshow for Saturday’s 10 year anniversary party at Environmental Change-Makers.  It’s great to see all the changes! Do you remember when the wall behind the Garden was still white?  Before the sunflower mural?  Do you remember when there was no garden at the corner of 83rd & Dunbarton, when it was still lawn?

ECM 10th Anniversary Party – Nov 14

ECM 10th Anniversary Party – Nov 14

Yes, the Change-Makers have been stirring up trouble for 10 years now!  And in that time, we’ve done lots of cool projects in Westchester and beyond. Come celebrate ECM’s 10th anniversary, on Saturday Nov. 14.  Enjoy wood-fired pizza at the Westchester Community Oven. Celebrate all the accomplishments through the years. Reminisce about past events, and look forward to fun projects yet to come!

Cactus juice preservative for the cob oven

Cactus juice preservative for the cob oven

I’m “cooking up” a batch of Opuntia juice preservative.  It is a traditional weather coating used on adobe and cob structures.  We will be adding it to the final coat on the Westchester Community Oven when we re-surface it next weekend. I had to post this because it is absolutely a frightful color of green.  No filters in that photo! To make the preservative, you finely mince or puree cactus pads (Opuntia species, better known as prickly pear, or “nopales”),…

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