Cob repair days – March and April

20160423_121558(1)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.

Fruit Tree Pruning 3-part series

Arborist Pieter Severynen has a wealth of wisdom to share.
In the 3-part workshop series on January 7, 14, 21, you’ll learn how to make each pruning cut count – you’ll be able to tell the reason you made that particular cut!

You’ll learn how to adapt your pruning decisions or different types of trees. You’ll learn about good cuts and bad cuts, as well as how to select and maintain good tools. You’ll learn about planting trees, and how to have a lifetime relationship with them.

Solidarity, Resistance, Resolve and Resilience

What next? Certainly we are all watching national headlines in shock and horror. Most of the things that matter to us most – from climate action to human rights to the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution itself – are in serious jeopardy at this moment.

I remember back in 2000 when dismaying election results began rolling in. A dear friend pointed out to me that when the going gets tough, activists get tougher. We get moving. We take action.

Fruit Tree Pruning winter series

plumsArborist Pieter Severynen has a wealth of wisdom to share.
In this 3-part workshop series you’ll learn how to make each pruning cut count – you’ll be able to tell the reason you made that particular cut!

You’ll learn how to adapt your pruning decisions or different types of trees. You’ll learn about good cuts and bad cuts, as well as how to select and maintain good tools. You’ll learn about planting trees, and how to have a lifetime relationship with them.

Bread Baking classes this autumn

The Westchester Community Oven, completed summer 2015

The Westchester Community Oven, completed summer 2015

Dana Morgan and Linda Preuss (of L.A. Bread Bakers) will be offering three sourdough bread baking classes this autumn for beginners and intermediate bakers.  Come join the fun!

These will be hands-on, get flour everywhere kind of workshops!

Oct 22: Tartine-Style Sourdough – 30% Whole Grain

Nov 12: 100% Whole Grain Breads – Blending Varietal Grains

Dec 10: Baking with Spelt – 100% Spelt Breads

Late-summer Fruit Tree Pruning workshop – Sept 10

lemontreenote: if you missed this workshop (or if you attended and enjoyed it) we are working out the details to have Pieter teach a 3-part series in January 2017.  stay tuned!

A late summer pruning can really help shape your fruit trees.  That’s why we’re inviting veteran arborist Peiter Severynen to the Community Garden.  Pieter is a font of wisdom, so if you have a fruit tree, you won’t want to miss this!

You’ll learn that different kinds of fruit trees need different types of shaping to encourage production.  You’ll learn how to make decisions about what to cut, and how to make the cuts themselves.

Urban Seed Saving – Oct 8

Do you want to join the efforts to conserve heirloom vegetable seeds?  Do you want to create your own vegetable varieties? This hands-on workshop covers plant reproduction for the major vegetable plant families, cross-pollination, preserving varietal purity, seed storage, and cleaning seed … and how to maximize the benefits of our urban conditions to get the

Designing your Water-Wise vegetable garden – June 5

beneficial_insect_attracting_flowers2Water is an issue in our Southern California gardens, this year like so many others.

While many people will continue to debate “which takes more water, a lawn or a vegetable garden?” in today’s world we need vegetable gardens for many other reasons.

Your vegetable garden can yield abundant organic veggies, shade your home with productive fruit trees, provide homes for pollinating insects, sequester CO2, beautify your home, and provide countless hours of satisfaction and contentment … all while making the most of every drop of water.  A vegetable garden that is designed for Water Wisdom will certainly save water over a wasteful, evaporative lawn.