Friday, December 4, 2009

Echo Park Medicinal Forage with Nance Klehm

Echo Park Medicinal Forage with Nance Klehm

Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2009

Cost: $15/person

An after dark exploration of the sidewalk cracks around Machine Project for local medicinal plants, led by Nance Klehm. Get ready for the long winter dry, cold haul with simple knowledge on how to identify common wild plants that can be used in herbal remedies.

Nance Klehm is a radical ecologist, designer, urban forager, grower and teacher. Her solo and collaborative work focuses on creating participatory social ecologies in response to a direct experience of a place. She grows and forages much of her own food in a densely urban area. She actively composts food, landscape and human waste. She only uses a flush toilet when no other option is available. She designed and currently manages a large scale, closed-loop vermicompost project at a downtown homeless shelter where cafeteria food waste becomes 4 tons of worm castings a year which in turn is used as the soil that grows food to return to the cafeteria.

More information on Nance can be found at her website, here:
Spontaneous Vegetation

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Big Sunday

Big Sunday Weekend 2010 will be on May 1 and 2. As always, there will be hundreds of ways for you to pitch in, help out, and give back throughout Southern California. And, as always, whoever you are, whatever you do, we can use your help!Here’s some news for you:

It’s not too early to find out how to get your school, faith group, business, club, nonprofit – or even your town – involved in Big Sunday. We’ll be hosting our famous Big Sunday info meetings again this year. The first one will be from 3 PM to 5 PM onSunday, November 8th at our office, 7319 Beverly Blvd., L.A., CA 90036. Find out what’s new for 2010, and some of the great ways your community can help others, be helped, or some of both. There will be good food, good vibes, free parking, and no commitment.

Everyone is welcome! To RSVP, please go to: Or on Facebook:

Do you want to get more involved in planning Big Sunday? We need help all year long, and we’d love to have you! Contact Sherry at
The 7th (or 8th) Annual Big Sunday Holiday Giving and Volunteering Opportunities List – a catalogue of the many ways you can help others from Thanksgiving to New Year’s– will be posted on our website the week of November 1st. To post your nonprofit’s holiday needs, go to (and fill it out ASAP!).

Mark your calendars: The 2nd Annual Big Sunday Holiday Open House will be held from1-to-4 PM on Sunday, December 6th at the Big Sunday office. It will be a great time to see old Big Sunday friends and meet new ones, too. Of course, there will be ways to help out, pitch in, and give back. (Great food, too.) More details to come!
Does your company want to be a Big Sunday sponsor? Big Sunday is always free to everyone. If your company wants to be a sponsor (and there’s lots of great reasons to be one), contact Tracy at For that matter, if you want to donate now, just click here: It’s easy (and tax-deductible)!

Thanks as always,
David T. Levinson
Founder and Executive Director
Big Sunday

Ecoliteracy Workshop @ Milagro Allegro Community Garden

Ecoliteracy Workshop

Ecoliteracy is about learning to understand the language of place. It is the foundation of all beautiful organic gardens that grow with little or no fertilizer or chemical pesticides and with less maintenance and water than conventional gardens. To be ecoliterate is to be versed in Nature’s language. Learning it is easier than you might think!

Saturday, November 7, 2009 9am-­6pm
Cost: $40

Pre-register by November 3 by sending a check to the instructor,
Wendy Talaro P.O. Box 7478; Torrance, CA 90504
or via PayPal to

Class size is limited; Bi-lingual instruction
More info: 310-329-5719

Garden Location: 115 S. Ave 56, LA 90042
One block SE of Figueroa­Behind the Highland Theater

LA Urban Chickens...

The Los Angeles Urban Chicken Enthusiasts have had two meetings since forming in August 2009. We have an upcoming meeting November 14 at 2:00pm and hope to meet regularly every month. So far our meetings involve a lot of sharing of information between more experienced chicken keepers and those who want to get chickens or are otherwise just starting out. We rotate around the Los Angeles area for each meeting, gathering at a different member's home each time. The goal of the group is to foster community and to provide information and advice on urban chicken keeping.

You can find us online at

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gathering of the Community Gardens

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council presents its third annual “Gathering of Community Gardens” Oct. 24 and 25, a weekend celebration of urban agriculture with an educational conference on Saturday and a Sunday garden tour. Both events are free to local residents and will occur in downtown Los Angeles. A donation of $10.00 each day is requested for attendees.

Space at both events is limited; early online registration is recommended at Event information: (323) 666-2137.

“One good outcome from our bad economy is that more people are growing their own food,” said Al Renner, the Garden Council’s executive director. “Community gardens have been in LA for 30 years, but we’ve never been busier. The ‘Gathering’ is an invitation to learn, collaborate and take action together to help people grow food and create green space in our neighborhoods. Our Sunday garden tour will illustrate how every garden is unique, with its own style and vision.”

The Saturday conference, which will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FarmLab (1745 N. Spring St. #4, LA, CA 90012), will include a series of workshops, discussion panels, networking opportunities and a resource fair for community gardeners throughout Los Angeles. Scheduled topics include beekeeping, organic vegetable gardening, composting and California horticulture, led by LA Common Ground (the LA County Master Gardeners) and other garden experts. Three workshops will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Mirabelle, Square 1, and Larchmont Grill, three prestigious Hollywood restaurants that grow organic food at Solano Canyon Community Garden near Dodger Stadium, will serve lunch to on a first-come, first-serve basis to conference attendees. To minimize waste, all conference participants are encouraged to bring their own plates, cups and eating utensils.

On Sunday, the Garden Council will conduct a guided tour of community gardens, starting and ending at Solano Canyon Community Garden, a 3-acre urban farm just east of downtown LA (545 Solano Rd, LA, CA 90012). Beginning at 8 a.m., the tour will visit gardens in downtown LA and surrounding areas. Most of these gardens, run by volunteers and serving local neighborhoods, are rarely open to the public at large.

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to fostering community gardens and urban agriculture throughout LA County. The Council is largely run by volunteers and works closely with other nonprofit groups and municipal agencies, encouraging local residents to serve their neighborhoods by starting and managing garden projects. Representing over 80 community gardens on city land, utility property, apartment complexes, and private land, the Garden Council offers gardens and their leadership a variety of affordable or no-cost services, including group insurance, design assistance, mentoring, advocacy, and additional support as needed.


Calendar listing:

Oct. 24-25, 2009 – “Gathering of Community Gardens,” a free educational conference on urban agriculture and a garden tour presented by the LA Community Garden Council in downtown Los Angeles. The educational conference (Sat., Oct. 24) includes topical workshops and discussion panels, a resource fair, a slow-food lunch, and networking reception for LA’s community gardening activists. On Sunday, Oct. 25, a guided tour of community gardens in downtown LA and surrounding areas. Space is limited and early registration is recommended at: Information: (323) 666-2137. Suggested donation: $10 per day.

Oct. 24, 2009 - “Gathering of the Gardens (Day 1)” a free educational conference on community gardening, offering topical workshops, networking, a resource fair, lunch by three slow food restaurants, and a networking session and celebration for LA’s urban gardening activists. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FarmLab, 1746 N. Spring St., LA , CA 90012. $10.00, suggested donation. Online registration: Information: (323) 666-2137.

Oct. 25, 2009 – “Gathering of Community Gardens,” a free guided tour of LA’s diverse community gardens in the downtown corridor areas and surrounding areas. Starts at 8:00 a.m. at Solano Canyon Community Garden, 545 Solano Rd., LA 90012. $10.00, suggested donation. Advance registration required: Information: (323) 666-2137.

Third Annual Gathering of Community Gardens, Sat.-Sunday Oct. 24-25, 2009

Your invitation:

Third Annual Gathering of Community Gardens, Sat.-Sunday Oct. 24-25, 2009

A free weekend of education, networking and inspiration for growing greener, healthier LA neighborhoods!

Saturday – Gardener Conference, 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday – Garden Tour, 8 a.m. –noon

1745 North Spring St. , #4
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Top 10 Reasons to Attend:

1. Breakfast by HomeGirl Café served (Saturday, 8 am)!

2. Meet LA City Councilmember Ed Reyes, champion of numerous community gardens in Los Angeles (Saturday, 9 a.m), along with hundreds of garden activists and community organizers

3. Attend workshops on beekeeping, native plants, permaculture, chickens, soil growing, working with youth, becoming an agent of grass-roots change and more (in English and Spanish)! (Saturday a.m.)

4. Catered lunch provided on a first-come, first-serve basis by Larchmont Grill, Mirabella, and Square One. * (Saturday)

5. Learn how community gardens can connect with local residents to access fresh produce and live healthier lives! (Saturday p.m.)

6. Discover community resources for gardeners! (Saturday p.m.)

7. Experience the art-inspired facilities of FarmLab in downtown LA! (Sat., 8-4)

8. Take a guided tour of 8 community gardens and meet their leaders! (Sunday, 8-12)**

9. Free parking and free admission! (Online registration recommended:

10. Join the LA Community Garden Council and help us grow food and greenspace across Los Angeles County.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Conference of Community Gardens

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council will be holding its 3rd annual "Conference of Community Gardens" on October 24 & 25, generously hosted at the Farmlab campus just north of downtown LA. The two-day conference will feature workshops, information booths and break-out sessions on Saturday, and tours of six of Los Angeles' 80 community gardens on Sunday. This educational and ecological gathering will be an opportunity to meet some of the leaders in community gardens in Los Angeles and a chance for gardeners to network. The conference is free with a suggested $10 donation; lunch will be provided on Saturday on a first come, first served basis. To register for the conference, go to and click on "register now".

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thanks for an amazing summer!!!!

RocknRoll Community Garden wants to thank you for making our first Summer Series such a success! We learned so much, we listened to so many great local bands, we discovered new green areas of LA we had never before seen! What a summer!

Thank You so much to all the lecturers, demonstrators, speakers, artists, musicians, volunteers, hosts, gardens, gardeners, LA Community Garden Council Mnembers, and everyone who came to visit, check it all out, learn something new, make new friends, hear some sweet music..uh...and anything else I may have forgotten to throw in there!

We are on our fall downtime currently - Danielle is WWOOFing...! but if you are an interested volunteer, or host space, or just want to drop us a line, email us this fall at

We look forward to rocking out with all of you in '10! (and hopefully on our own roof by then ;)

love and tomatoes,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

30th Anniversary Celebration of Certified Farmers' Markets in LA

The City of Los Angeles will mark the 30th anniversary of certified farmers' markets in the Los Angeles area with a celebration at City Hall:

When: Thursday, September 3, 2009, from 10:00am until 2:00pm
Where: Arts District/Little Tokyo, Certified Farmers' Market on the lawn at Los Angeles City Hall, 1st and Spring Streets
Cost: Free

Confirmed guests and activities include: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Jan Perry, Robert Tse, Kurt Floren, Vance Corum and other organizers of Los Angeles's first farmers' markets, including 20 original farmers and organizers from the first market in Gardena; Evan Kleiman, Jonathan Gold, Nancy Silverton, Mary Sue Milliken, Eric Lukosky, urban farmers and gardeners including representatives from the Stanford Avalon garden in Watts, the 24th Street Foundation, and the Garden School Foundation, and many others.

Complete details about participants and events such as SEE-LA's "Taste the Harvest" booth, a salsa contest, and food vendors and artisans are available on the Locally Grown LA website at:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stanford Avalon Community Garden Event in Watts

The RocknRoll Community Garden cordially invites you to a Garden Party in Watts, 5-7pm this Sunday, Aug 30th.

The 4-year-old Stanford Avalon Community Garden is the site for our last event this summer. Meet filmmaker Scott Kennedy ("The Garden"), tour 7 acres of urban farmland shared by over 200 families, most of whom came from the former community garden at 41st and Alameda. Live music by the Cigarette Bums.

Please feel free to bring snacks to share! We will bring some goods to bbq along with some tasty drinks!

5-7pm (sharp!)

Stanford Avalon - Watts Community Garden
658 E 111th Pl, Los Angeles, 90059

Stanford Avalon

Monday, 20 November 2006

Five months after sheriff's deputies shut down a legendary urban farm in South Los Angeles — removing protesters and
plucking celebrities from trees — more than 60 of the farmers have put down new roots in Watts. A quilt of rectangular plots has transformed a narrow power-line right-of-way stretching from 103rd to 117th streets near Avalon
Boulevard. Where weeds once bunched against steel towers, tall rows of corn and sunflowers wave. Chayote vines climb over fences. Purple-flowered alache nod in the breeze. Manuel Abalos lives just blocks from the old South-Central Urban Farm at 41st and Alameda streets. But he doesn't dwell on its loss, so eager is he to arrive at his new plot near 111th Street each day at 3 a.m. He works until 2 or 3 in the afternoon tending the onions, tomatoes and other vegetables he gives to his family and neighbors. "I'm happy all the time when I'm in the garden," Abalos said, beaming beneath a battered straw hat.
On Saturday, Abalos put down his hoe long enough to mark the formal opening of the Stanford/Avalon Farm on land owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The gala was part of a city-sponsored "Day of Service" that drew 4,500 volunteers to Watts to plant trees, paint murals and clean up schools and parks. The farmers began tilling the soil at their new farm — about two-thirds the size of the old one — in January, after it became apparent to many of them that the South Los Angeles farm they had worked since 1992 could not be saved.

The old farm had a storied past. In 1986, the city used eminent domainto buy the land from owner Ralph Horowitz, but nearby residents quashed plans to build a trash incinerator. The lot sat empty until after the 1992 riots, when the city leased the land to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the city's largest community garden sprouted.

In 2003, Horowitz sued to buy back the land. But by then it had become as much a community center as a garden. When Horowitz began trying to evict the farmers, it also became a symbol of self-reliance and hope in a neighborhood with too little of either. Celebrities, including Joan Baez and Martin Sheen, supported the farmers. Daryl Hannah climbed a walnut tree and refused to come down.

Things turned ugly at the end. Horowitz called the farmers squatters and accused some of the protesters of making anti-Semitic remarks about him. In June, sheriff's deputies forcibly shut down the farm. Those who moved to the Stanford/Avalon Farm left months before the bullhorns and bulldozers arrived. "There was always a group of people who just wanted to garden. They just wanted to farm," said Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district was home to the disputed farm. "It was great to be able to offer people a solution to a difficult situation. This is a beautiful ending — no,
it's a beautiful beginning, actually."

Perry searched Los Angeles by helicopter, working with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the DWP to find vacant public land for the farmers. "I said from the beginning that I would do everything I could to find other sites," said Villaraigosa, who stopped by the Stanford/Avalon Farm on Saturday to turn a shovel and dance to a mariachi tune. Juan Mendez kept a firm grip on his son Andrew's shoulder as the ever-energetic Villaraigosa steered a Caterpillar past them. A farmer at the old site, Mendez has applied for a plot in Watts. Abalos estimated that about half of the South L.A. farmers either had plots or
were on the waiting list. The nine-acre Watts site has room for just over 200 family farms. The 14-acre South-Central Urban Farm supported about 350 farmers. Some of the other former farmers have found new plots at other Los Angeles community gardens, the Watts farmers said. And some continue to fight Horowitz in court. They recently lost an appeal and are trying to raise funds to buy back the land, said Olivia Chumacero of the Annenberg Foundation, a philanthropic group that made an unsuccessful offer to buy the farm.

Los Angeles has about 70 community gardens, including at least one other beneath a DWP power-line right-of-way. The
volunteer Community Garden Council helps organize the gardens, and some funding comes from city block grants.
Each garden forms a governing organization, adopts bylaws and decides how much to charge gardeners for rent to cover the costs of water, portable toilets and fencing. Crown Disposal Co. of Sun Valley donated tons of wood chips and soil amendments for the Watts project. Not every Stanford/Avalon plot belongs to a former South-Central farmer. Monica Lopez, 18, lives across the street and tends a plot with her parents, three brothers and three sisters. The family had never
planted a garden; Juan Gamboa, a leader of the South Los Angeles group, showed them how. "Don Juan taught us what to do, what to plant, in what season," Lopez said. Perry praised the transplanted farmers, many of them Mexican
immigrants, for reaching out to Watts residents, many of whom are African American. None of them will have to worry about being booted out, Perry added. "They will be there for a very, very long time," she said. "They won't have to worry, because it's public land."

This group of farmers were formally of the South Central Farms, but are no longer currently associated with the activists who refer to themselves as the South Central Farmers. These farmers at Stanford-Avalon are prospering in growth from the last 4 years on this new land.

as heard on morning edition....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Silver Lake residents don't want to see cellphone towers take over
L-A rooftops. So they've presented lectures and music in community gardens most Sundays this summer.

The goal is to raise awareness and funds for a rooftop farm near Echo Park.

Co-director Danielle Holland "This is a perfect place between the weather and the flat roofs. There's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't be doing what is going on in cities across the world with changing the way that our landscape looks.

Holland says the garden now needs a structural engineer and an accessible site. Summer events wrap up this Sunday with music by the Cigarette Bums and a lecture by filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy at the new site of the South Central Farm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Urban Homesteaders & Dorian Wood - August 23rd!!!

Aug 23 - Live Music by Dorian Wood- Join Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne (Urban Homestead) @ Eagle Rock Community Garden for - Workshop: Make a Self-Irrigating Planter - 1003 to 11000 Rockdale Ave, Eagle Rock, 90041 5pm

Monday, August 17, 2009

Garden to Table

What: Garden to Table Event
Where: Whole Foods, 760 South Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, Ca 90245, phone 310-333-1900
When: September 5th 11a.m.

Don't know what to do with that growing pile of zucchini? Battling bugs in your garden? Please come join us for our first in a series of "Garden to Table" events. We are blending gardening experts from the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, with Chef Tim Mc Grath to create a dynamic presentation of what to do with your garden bounty. Chef Tim will be demonstrating delicious and nutritious recipes while the Master Gardeners field gardening questions from the audience. The event is free.

-Common Ground Garden Program

Pesticide-Parkinson's Disease Study

Pesticides in well water leads to Parkinson's Disease

Rural well water leads to Parkinson's

Free Your Garden!

Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Garden Council website. You can read more at

Speak out to legalize gardening in R1 zone

Free Your Garden!! In 1946, a Los Angeles municipal code known as the Truck Gardening Ordinance was written to allow the growing of vegetables in a residential (R1) zone for sale off-site. What this means, however, is that it is technically prohibited for city dwellers in R1 zones to grow fruits, nuts, flowers or seedlings and sell them off-site - at local farmers’ markets for example.

Happily, on July 8th, 2009, Council President Eric Garcetti introduced a motion to explore allowing “the cultivation of flowers, fruits, nuts or vegetables defined as the product of any tree, vine or plant, and that these products be allowed for use on-site or sale off-site.” This positive move needs support, and lots of it! The LACGC and some of our urban farming friends call this the Food & Flowers Freedom Act. Please take a moment to support the Food & Flowers Freedom Act by writing to your Los Angeles City Councilmember. Tell her/him you want to support urban farming in Los Angeles. Tell her/him you want the Planning Department to expedite their work and propose ways to fully-legalize urban farming in Los Angeles. Please cc Council President Eric Garcetti and send an email copy to Urban Farming Advocates – Los Angeles at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it To find out who is your local councilmember, go to this link:

Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary Feature : The Garden

"It's tempting to call "The Garden" a story of innocence and experience,
of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to
the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary
that does them full justice."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Imagine if John Steinbeck rewrote the script for 'Chinatown'."
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

"The Garden" has all the elements of a John Sayles drama: hard-working immigrants, self-serving politicians, a greedy land developer and Daryl Hannah. Yet this intricate and compelling documentary about the tug of war over a 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles paints a portrait of American politics not even Mr. Sayles could render more saddening.
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

The Garden
A Film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy


Tons of Extras

-Feature-length commentary track with filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, farmer and activist Tezozomoc, and co-producers Vivianne Nacif and Dominique Derrenger
-Back to the Garden: extended scenes, protests, and historical perspectives
-Post screening Q/A with filmmakers, farmers, Daryl Hannah and more
-Director interview with film critic David Poland (Movie City News)
-Optional English and Spanish subtitles. Closed Captioning.
-and more

Eat in & Harvest Celebration @ Milagro Allegro Garden

Please mark your calendars for a community "Eat-In" (or a Potluck with a Purpose) and Harvest Celebration at the Milagro Allegro Community Garden on Labor Day, September 7th at 4pm.

This Eat-In is one of over 200 coordinated across the country and 7 in Los Angeles as part of Slow Food USAs "National Time For Lunch" campaign, aimed at reforming the National School Lunch Program under the Child Nutrition Act.
The Child Nutrition Act is the federal legislation that governs the school lunch program and is up for reauthorization later this year by Congress. We can do better for our kids!

This event has a two-fold purpose:
* to raise awareness among legislators about the important and far-reaching effects of school lunches and encouraging them to make children's health a priority
* to celebrate the first ever harvest (YEAH!) with Milagro Allegro gardeners just 3 months after our garden's opening
Bring your family and friends; come and get to know your neighbors and... eat for a good cause!
Drum performance by the Taiko Drum Center of Los Angeles and the jazz music by Seabreeze.
This event is co-sponsored by Whole Foods Arroyo Parkway, Homegirl Cafe and the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center.

When: Labor Day, September 7th 2009 at 4pm
Where: Milagro Allegro Community Garden
115 S. Ave 56 Los Angeles, CA 90042
One block SE of Figueroa, behind the Highland Theater

What: Enjoy fresh food from local chefs and neighbors
Listen to live music and meet community leaders
Lobby for reform to the Child Nutrition Act

Please bring: A simple, fresh, homemade dish to share
A real (non-disposable) plate, silverware, and cup

Thank You!

Thanks so much for another fantastic event!!! Throw some tomatoes in the air for Adam and Tracy Schell & Seeing Thingz!!!

We hope you make it out to Eagle Rock for this coming Sunday's event!

Also, check out our interview for "Morning Edition" on KCRW. It will air Monday, Aug 25 @ 6 and 8am.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Aug 16th- Tomato Rhapsody! Italian Potluck, book reading and music!

RocknRoll Community Garden next Sunday Garden Party....! Hope to see you there!

Sunday August 16th - @ The Secret Garden of Schell

Italian Dinner Garden Potluck and reading w/ Adam Schell - yogi and Author of Tomato Rhapsody

Live Music by Seeing Thingz

Begins promptly at 5pm - til 7pm

539 N. Alta Vista Blvd., LA, 90036

Italian Dinner Garden Potluck!
Please bring a delicious, tomatoe-y dishes!

Need recipe ideas? Check Adam's site!:

This is a private location.

$5 - Suggested Donation

Garden lovelies! We are currently seeking volunteers to help out with future parties and projects! Please contact us if you feel you can join the team! : resistanceisfertilela@gmail.

Sustainable lovers! Please bring drinking glasses to donate to RocknRoll Community Garden parties! Let's keep it green, darlings!

RocknRoll Community Garden is currently working with a number of properties and seeking new properties to create a Communal Urban Rooftop Farming Community in Echo Park and Silver Lake. RnR CG provides weekly seasonal series of live music and lectures, integrating education, activism and community with beauty and art.

- Love & Sustainable Living,
RocknRoll Community Garden

Tomato Rhapsody
A Fable of Love, Lust & Forbidden Fruit
by Adam Schell

From Publishers Weekly
From the very beginning of Schell's debut novel, a would-be Shakespearean fable set in a 16th-century Tuscan village, food lust takes center stage. While cruel-hearted olive tycoon Giuseppe and his underling, Benito, forage for truffles, the Jewish farmer Davido worships the tomato plants on his farm: the plant's fragrance... transcended his olfactory organs to purify his heart and cleanse his mind. When the new priest allows Davido's love apples into town for the first time, life starts to get complicated. For one, the stepdaughter of our villain, Giuseppe, falls for the already betrothed Davido—an outcast besides, due to his station and religion. Bawdy hijinks coded in ribald Italian reach a climax at the village's Feast of the Drunken Saint donkey race, a jarring spin on Shakespeare's more tawdry rhymes. Attempts at a similarly Shakespearean cast of characters (the novel opens with an actual cast of characters) instead result in a silly collection of one-dimensional characters who keep the tale moving until the fate of our star-crossed lovers, and of tomato sauce, are predictably resolved. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

“[A] delectable debut.... Schell displays the finesse of a master chef as he spices up the story with a delicious array of humorous subplots.”—Booklist

Seeing Thingz

Don't miss the beautiful freaks. Music that fills your mind with a world of circuses, street corners far and near and eerie beauty, sensual reminisces of times and places you've only dreamed of. Let Seeing Thingz carry you away with their sinuous dynamics and grooves that simmer: Gwendoline sings the imagery, sketching outlines with a haunting, ethereal voice. Daniel Day blends complimentary colors with her and fleshes out the compositions, texturing the songs with gripping vocal counterpoint. Doug Townsley twirls beautiful touches and accents on the guitar and earth colors on the bass while David Rodgers roots the foundation and sends ripples and grooves across the room. "Love Making Music" Xanthia Pink "Quirky soundwaves rumbling through exotic locations" The Seething Times "Hey, where the hell are you from, are you gypsies?" Passing Vagrant Courier. "When I closed my eyes I thought I was in Europe, then I smelled I was in Venice Beach" Local Wag Rag. Transporting places to far away people since 2007.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Another Great Event!!!!

Thanks to all of you who came out, and special thanks shout out to Jack Neff, Sasha Gransjean, and Mary Tokita!

I'll be uploading a whole bunch of past event pics in the upcoming week.

Come have dinner and wine with us next Sunday at Adam Schell's Garden as we discuss the love affair of the tomatoes!
(RSVP Please!)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Free Climate Change & Phenology Workshops

Climate Change and Phenology Workshop

Dates: August 14th, September 10, September 18, and October 1
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks, CA

Who should attend?: Teachers, Environmental Educators, Nature Center and Museum Staff, Garden Clubs, Scout Troop Leaders, Scientists, and anyone else who enjoys being outdoors!

Fee: None

Planting the Seed for Citizen Science: Climate Change and Phenology Workshops for Educators and Scientists in Southern California. Have you been wondering about ways to integrate climate change science and education into your classroom or outdoor education & research activities? Come to a free, one-day workshop focused on climate change, citizen science, and phenology (the science of the seasons, such as when a flower blooms in the spring) to find out how!

"Phenology. is perhaps the simplest process in which to track changes in the ecology of species in response to climate change." Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007

Help! Our climate is changing and scientists throughout the country need your assistance!Concerned citizens throughout the country are monitoring the pace of the seasons and contributing to a new national database designed to track the effects of climate change on plants and animals. It's easy to do on your own or with a group of students. Join us at one of our upcoming workshops and learn how you can participate in the project.

The Phenology Stewardship Program at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) is offering four workshops this summer and fall in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NPS). Educators, scientists, and citizen scientists are invited to attend a day of engaging discussions, hands-on activities, and brainstorming sessions to incorporate phenology monitoring into your scientific or education efforts.

What will you learn at this workshop?
- Botany Basics
- Phenology and its relationship to climate change
- How to integrate phenology and climate change into your classroom
- How to get involved in a national program to help scientists track the
effects of climate change on plants & animals

All workshops will take place 9am-3pm at the Santa Monica Mountains NRA Headquarters in Thousand Oaks and will include an afternoon field trip to the Satwiwa Native American Culture Center.

Lunch will be provided.

Choose one of the following dates: August 14 September 10 September 18 October 1

Space is limited, please RSVP to:
Kate Eschelbach (USFWS Education & Outreach Specialist): or (805)644-1766

If you have any questions, please contact Kate or the workshop instructors:
Dr. Susan Mazer (UCSB): or (805)893-8011
Brian Haggerty (UCSB): or (805)893-8066

SwanSong for the Lawn

Learn to Turn Lawns into Gardens -with Larry Santoyo & Friends
10am - 4pm | Saturday & Sunday Aug 15th & 16th | Santa Monica, CA | $28 /per day | RSVP
Join for one or both days...

EarthFlow Design Works' 10 year s of helping homeowners convert their Lawns into Gardens continues: All in one weekend!

Learn how to transform a water-guzzling lawn into a garden paradise complete with spiraling pathways, food forest with edible plants, medicinals, natives, Mediterranean, subtropicals -and plenty of bird, bee and butterfly attracting flowers too...

Get dirty, build a garden and learn the basics of sustainable landscaping, drip irrigation, permaculture, Food Forestry and sustainable living with one of the West coast’s leading and most experienced Permaculture Design Planning & Design firms, EarthFlow Design Works

“...Lawns cover more than 50,000 square miles of American soil and consume more fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide than all chemicals used in food related agriculture...”

Urgent calls to reduce consumer water use make headlines daily and farmers are concerned that sufficient water for crops is becoming increasingly scarce. Replacing lawns with gardens makes sense from any angle. Whether you’re a homeowner tired of mowing grass and paying huge water bills, a foodie who wants to become a "grow-your-own gourmet", or a concerned citizen who wants to learn more about food security, this community workshop will expand your knowledge and skills.

Interested in learning how??
RSVP -ASAP!! or Register Online here for the workshop

FREE California Friendly Landscape Workshops

For LADWP Customers

Learn effective ways to care for your lawn and conserve water through low maintenance, affordable landscaping practices.

Workshop Dates and Locations

Saturday, August 8
Baldwin Hills
4030 Crenshaw Blvd.

Saturday, August 15
Van Nuys
14401 Saticoy St., Bldg. #3

Saturday, August 22
Downtown -- Fashion District
1350 S. Wall St.

Saturday, August 29
West Los Angeles
1350 Sepulveda Blvd.

All workshops are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Free parking available. Class space is limited.

To RSVP, email LADWP or call (800) 544-4498 and press "5."

Lower Los Angeles River Watershed Stakeholders

Compton Gateway: Symposium on Creekside Community Development.

The conference will discuss the interests of stakeholders at the large development area that contains the Artesia Blue Line Station, Gateway Center, and the Crystal Casino. The conference will identify some community priorities for the site, and for the region, while acknowledging the complicated economic development, habitat restoration, and transportation issues that are present. This conference will explore an excellent case-study for creekside development sites all over the world.

The conference will be held on September 15 and 16, 2009. The cost of the conference is $60 ($45 before August 14). Scholarships are available.

To view an agenda and register for this conference, visit:

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sunday August 9th - 5pm

Sunday August 9th - @ Jardin Del Rio - Elysian Park Community Garden

Live Music by Sasha Gransjean

Talk by Jack Neff of "South Central Farmers"
and Chi Quong Breathing Technique Class "Relaxation & Mind Intent: The Primary Tool of All Life Forms"

Riverdale @ Crystal Street

$5 - Suggested Donation

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Art & Gardening - Sunday Aug 2nd - 5-7pm

RRCG Sunday Garden Party Series!
Art & Gardening
@ Fountain Community Garden

Live Music by Odious Ari & The Syphilitic Syncopaths.

Talks by Alex Alferov, Maria Massa and Joeseph Prichard of Fountain Community Garden.

$5 suggested donation.

Garden lovelies! We are currently seeking volunteers to help out with future parties and projects! Please contact us if you feel you can help out! : resistanceisfertilela@gmail.

Also, Saturday, August 1st, our friends - NightHawks LA - are having a wonderful art and music party! 9pm-1am @ Where Lounge 1519 Griffith Park Blvd., 90026. $10 Cover.


Sustainable lovers! Please bring drinking glasses to donate to RocknRoll Community Garden parties! Let's keep it green, darlings!

RocknRoll Community Garden is currently working with a number of properties to create a Communal Urban Rooftop Community in Echo Park and Silver Lake. RnR CG also provides weekly seasonal series of live music and lectures, integrating education, activism and community with beauty and art. m

Sustainable living friends unite!

RocknRoll Community Garden is working diligently towards getting our Communal Rooftop Farm off the ground.
Please note that Sunday Garden Party events are an attempt at fund raising for this purpose.
The suggested donation entrance fee for all events is $5.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Sunday event!

- Love & Sustainable Living,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sharing is Caring

Great little post about the real price of buying books online or from the big boxchains.

Taming the Prickly Pear Cactus NPR.

Environmentally Friendly Almost Townhouses in Eagle Rock.

Rooftop Farming!!!!!!! One day LA - you too shall have bountiful rooftops!

Community Gardening Awareness Month August gets even hotter.

The Buzz

July 26th

Screening of "The Garden,” the Academy Award-nominated documentary about the closure of LA’s South Central Farms by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. (For more about the film: Lecture by Pedra Furmal. Live Music by The Straights. Where Gallery, 1519 Griffith Park Blvd, Echo Park/LA, CA 90026 (cross street: Sunset).

5-6 Lecture
6-7:30 - Screening
7:30-8 - Q&A
8-9 - Live Music by The Straights

Stick around b/c at 9 - Open Mic!

Thank You!!!

Thank you all for coming out and supporting! Another beautiful evening!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July 19 - 7pm - Sunday FunDay

Dear Friends!

Come out and join us this Sunday (July 19) @ Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Highland Park. Music starts @7pm!

Live Music by Motel (Blake Hammon)
Guest Speakers
Film Screening

Bring your family and friends, food to share, blankets, pillows and comfortable clothes for this lovely outdoor event!

Garden Location: 115 S. Ave 56, LA 90042
One block SE of Figueroa Behind the Highland Theater
Info: 323-256-7122

Blake Hammon is an LA based singer songwriter.
After dumping miles of noise onto four track cassettes as a member of Boston based das kitchen, Blake headed west and put down the casiotone + delay for an acoustic guitar, a conduit for totemic animals, emotion, and observation to emit.
Sound can be found

Speakers Nichole Gatto and Mary Tokita will do a Community Gardening 101 presentation.

Nichole will begin with an overview of her own journey to build Milagro Allegra; Mary will expand a bit into the basic elements needed for community gardens, including funding, location, design, water access, insurance, organizational structure and some of the many organizations we work with to help folks build their projects all across LA.

Sunday 7pm - Milagro Community Garden

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12 (that's today!) 5pm - Garden Party

El Taller.
224 Glendale Blvd.
Learn to Make Your Own Kombucha.
Music by Dave the Destroyer.
$5 Suggested Donation.
Bring a glass jar and take some culture home with you.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Free Screenings of Food, Inc

July 14, 2009 at 7:30pm
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Cinemas
673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena

July 16, 2009 at 7:30pm
Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

The official website for Food, Inc. features a trailer, other reviews, and news, and is available at:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July Events @ Milagro Community Garden

Saturday, July 11th
10-11am Gardening skills class taught by John Torres, permaculturist
11am-noon Organic approaches to pest control class taught by Wendy Talaro, sustainability integration specialist

Saturday, July 18th
10am- 11:30am Composting workshop (tentative)

Sunday, July 19th
7pm - 9pm Our first evening event!!! Please join us for a VERY special evening of guest speakers, live music by Motel and a film screening!!! Co-sponsored by RnR Community Garden. Invite your family and friends! Bring blankets, pillows, folding chairs, warm clothes - whatever makes you comfortable to sit outdoors and enjoy an evening in the garden. Don't forget to bring snacks to share.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Novella Carpenter to talk about Farm City

The ALOUD lecture series at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library continues to provide free and timely lectures, and they have just announced a program that will be of interest to Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends.

Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, will speak with Evan Kleiman about life as an urban farmer in Oakland, California and the process of turning a vacant lot into a productive and thriving farm.

When: Thursday, July 23, 2009, at 7:00pm
Where: Central Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Fifth & Flower Streets in downtown Los Angeles
Cost: Free, but reservations are recommended.

Reservations are available via the ALOUD website ( or by calling

Public transportation to the library is available. Those driving may wish to park at the 524 S. Flower St. Garage; the rate is $1 until 8:45pm with Los Angeles Public Library card validation.

Reviewed recently in the San Francisco Chronicle, Carpenter's book describes her experiences establishing the farm:

You can also read more about Carpenter's adventures on the farm and in connection with her book on her blog, Ghost Town Farm, available at:

July 12 - David Shane Smith - Kombucha Workshop

Please come and join us Sunday, July 12th @ 224 Glendale Blvd.

Live Music by David Shane Smith.

FoodnotBombs Talk.

Kombucha making Workshop by Brenda Verenice.

David Shane Smith writes songs that are dark and obtuse, yet catchy and personable. The treatments range from folk to electronic samples and rapping. Everything flows through a lens of urban decay and human indifference to create an almost cartoon vision of apocalyptic mythology. His latest work "Cloudpleaser" ia available on Stroboscopic Records.

RocknRoll Community Garden is working diligently towards getting our Communal Rooftop Farm off the ground.
Please note that Sunday Garden Party events are an attempt at fund raising for this purpose.
The suggested donation entrance fee for all events is $5.
Act-now-super-duper-special-awesome suggested donation of $10 will get you 3, yes, count them, 3, garden party mimosas!

We look forward to seeing you at the next Sunday event!

Upcoming Events Update

July 12 - Live Music by David Shane Smith - 224 Glendale Blvd, Echo Park - Food Not Bombs Representin' & Kombucha Workshop led by Brenda Verenice

July 19 - Live Music by Motel @ Milagro Highland Community Garden - Lectures by Mary Tokita (LA CGC) & Nichole Gatto - Film Screening -

July 26 - Live Music by The Straights- 224 Glendale Blvd, Echo Park - Lecture by Pedra Furmal

Aug 2 - Live Music by Odious Ari & The Syphilitic Syncopaths - Talk by Alex Alferov/ Maria Massa/ Joeseph Prichard @ Fountain Community Garden - Art & Gardening Demo 5620 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Aug 9 - Live Music by Sasha Gransjean @ Jardin del Rio - Elysian Park - Talk by Jack Neff of "South Central Farmers" and Chi Quong Breathing Technique Class "Relaxation & Mind Intent: The Primary Tool of All Life Forms" - Riverdale @ Crystal Street

Aug 16- Live Music by Morgan De Rouen - Italian Dinner Garden Potluck w/ Adam Schell - Author of Tomato Rhapsody (Limited #'s - Email to RSVP!!!)

Aug 23 - Live Music by Dorian Wood- Join Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne's (Urban Homestead) @ Eagle Rock Community Garden for - Workshop: Make a Self-Irrigating Planter - 1003 to 11000 Rockdale Ave, Eagle Rock, 90041

Aug 30 - Live Music by The Cigarette Bums @ Stanford/Avalon (Watts) Community Garden -Panel Discussion of South Central Farms, politics & Urban Agriculture followed by a tour of their extensive gardens!!!
Talk by film maker Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN)

A + D Museum: Urban Hike

Friday, June 19, 2009


Modern-day share-cropping

Some have the land for gardening; others the time and inclination. Yard swapping is a win-win option. pioneers Veronica Michelle and Nancy Shannon of Eagle Rock, with Master Gardener Miilli Macen-Moore plant peppers, herbs and beans.

By Susan Carrier

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The LA Community Garden Council is offering its yardsharing program in collaboration with the LA Conservation Corps;; the LA Master County Gardener program of the University of California Cooperative Extension; and many other garden and community groups throughout LA.

Pics - RocknRoll @ Solano Garden

RocknRoll Garden Party @ Solano Community Garden

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Upcoming RocknRoll Garden - Hawtness

All Events 5-7pm
June 14 - Raw Food/ Rooftop Yoga/ Live Drumming - @ Peace Yoga Gallery 5pm.
July 12 - Live Music by David Shane Smith - Echo Park - Speakers including Pedra Furmall & FNB
July 19 - Live Music by Motel (Blake Hammon) @ Milagro Highland Community Garden - Lectures by Mary Tokita (LA CGC) & Nichole Gatto
July 26 - Live Music by The Straights - Kombucha Workshop led by Brenda Verenice @ Echo Park Location
Aug 2 - Live Music by Odious Ari & The Syphilitic Syncopaths Overwrought - Talk by Alex Alferov @ Fountain Community Garden - Art & Gardening Demo
Aug 9 - Live Music by Sasha Gransjean @ Barnsdall Art Park - Talk by Jack Neff of "South Central Farmers" and Chi Quong Breathing Technique Class "Relaxation & Mind Intent: The Primary Tool of All Life Forms"
Aug 16- Live Music by Morgan De Rouen - Italian Dinner Garden Potluck w/ Adam Schell - Author of Tomato Rhapsody (Limited #'s - Email to RSVP!!!)
Aug 23 -Live Music by Dorian Wood - Join Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne's (Urban Homestead) @ Eagle Rock Community Garden for - Workshop: Make a Self-Irrigating Planter
Aug 30 - Live Music by The Cigarette Bums @ Watts Community Garden - Panel Discussion of South Central Farms, politics & Urban Agriculture followed by a tour of their extensive gardens.

Food Forward LA

June 28th 1-4pm
100+ will glean 300+ orange trees for LA's hungry at CSUN-kids welcome.
To Join call - 818-530-4125

Food Forward LA

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June 14 - 5-7 - Rooftop Yoga - Raw Eats - Drum Circ!e

June 14th - Sunday - 5-7
Raw Foods/Yoga/Drums!!!
Peace Yoga Gallery
903 S.Main Street

Sustainable living friends - Join RocknRoll Community Garden this Sunday (June 14th) @ Peace Yoga Gallery Downtown.

The incredible Cheri, of Peace Yoga, will be speaking about the benefits of eating raw. We will all get to sample yummy raw foods and juices. Afterwards, take a short walk down the street with us, to Cheri's rooftop garden for a yoga session while the Peace Yoga Drum Circle plays along.

RocknRoll Community Garden is currently working on creating a Communal Urban Farm in the heart of Echo Park. We are dedicated to supporting sustainable, local organic living, providing knowledge and connecting the community. RnR CG also provides weekly seasonal series of live music and lectures, integrating education, activism and community with beauty and art.

$5 - Suggested Donation

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 7 - Lecture: Al Renner Music: Crater Farmer

Dear Friends!!!

Please come and join us this Sunday (June 7) @ Solano Community Garden (5-7pm) for a talk by the living legend, Mr. Al Renner, and live music by Crater Farmer (he's a hell of a man)!

Check it...

Sustainable living friends unite!

RocknRoll Community Garden is working diligently towards getting our Communal Rooftop Farm off the ground.

Please note that Sunday Garden Party events are an attempt at fund raising for this purpose.

The suggested donation entrance fee for all events is $5.

Act-now-super-duper-special-awesome suggested donation of $10 will get you 3, yes, count them, 3, garden party mimosas!

We look forward to seeing you at the next Sunday event!

- Love & Sustainable Living,

(Online directions for this can be CONFUSING)

The best way to get there from Silverlake, for instance is:
Sunset to Cesar Chavez
R on Broadway (past Chinatown)
L on Solano Ave

It's right next to the entrance of the freeway

street parking

This Sunday, June 7th, 2009, Al Renner, Executive Director of Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Garden Master, will be the guest lecturer at his lovely Solano Community Garden.
Please join us to hear this living gardening legend speak about starting community gardens and other informative topics.

Crater Farmer: not a smart man, but he knows what love is....
"Charles De Castro is a hell of a man
ladies love him from New York to Japan"

Our Summer Series Calendar will soon be available. Upcoming Music including: The Cigarette Bums, David Shane Smith, Motel, Morgan Derouen, Sasha Gransjean & others!!!! Speakers including: South Central Farmers, Silver Lake Farms, Brenda Verenice, Peace Yoga Gallery, Food not Bombs...and many more!!!! Stay in tune ! We love you !

RocknRoll Community Garden is currently creating a Communal Urban Rooftop Farm in the heart of Echo Park. We are committed to supporting sustainable, local living and connecting community. RnR CG also provides weekly seasonal series of live music and lectures, integrating education, activism and community with beauty and art.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sunday - June 7th

Join us this Sunday at Solano Community Garden in downtown Los Angeles. Speaker is everyone's favorite Jewish Santa, the living legend, Mr. Al Renner. Music by Crater Farmer.

Starts at 5 (Seriously, we actually start on time - Don't miss out!)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sprouting Chart!!!

Thank you Cat Campion for this great Sprout Chart!

Monday, June 1, 2009

garden humor...

Baby Tomato and Mom Tomato are walking down the street together when Baby starts to lag behind. Mom Tomato walks back a few steps, onto Baby, and says "Catch-Up!"

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thank You Thank You Thank You!

...For making our second Garden Party Series such a rousing success! Pics and notes from Cat Campion's awesome sprouting workshop will be posted asap, along with pics of the lovely Fort King's musical stylings. Thank you to the wonderful peeps of Fountain Community Garden for hosting our space this week.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Hi everyone!

I just wanted to thank you all so much for coming out and making our kick off mixer so amazing! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Within the next week I will start adding more content about last weeks speakers and their projects/gardens etc.. to Please check in!

This Sunday (May 31st) we will be at the Fountain Community Garden @ 6pm.
Sprouting Workshop by Cat Campion and live music by Fort King.

Sprouting Starter Kits & Mimosas will be available for purchase.

Fountain Community Garden is located at 5620 Fountain Avenue.

-Love & Sprouts!

Danielle Holland

Friday, May 22, 2009

Additional Speaker: Nicole Gatto - May 24th

Nichole Gatto holds a Master degree in Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology and has over 15 years of experience in health science research. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at UCLA where she teaches and does research on genetic, environmental and occupational risk factors for Parkinson’s disease, with a specific focus on the role of pesticides in the disease. Nicole serves as Director of Public Health and Safety on the Highland Park Neighborhood Council, and can be found on Friday evenings at the Eagle Rock farmer’s market where she volunteers for the Sweredowski family farm. Nicole is the founder and director of the Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Highland Park, which broke ground on February 21th and celebrated its grand opening on May 9th.

Garden Party Sunday!!!!!

Photos of the South Coast Botanic Garden by Pedra Furmall

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Get a head start w/ RnRCG - Volunteer This Sunday!

Looking for a few volunteers for this Sundays Secret Garden Party!

If any of you are interested, available, or interestingly available, check it yo - before we wreck it ( you shall receive yummy vittles and vino ;) and good karma! )

(rocknroll community garden is a not for profit community collective which runs through a membership program)

We need:
- One person to assist our gorgeous gypsy caterer.
- One person to help out at the garden doors
- One person to assist our sexy ass bartender
- One person to help us keep things sparkling during the event
- One person to help us make things even prettier on saturday (day before event)
- Any people who can donate a couple of chairs or tables for the evening

let us know

love and tomatoes,
danielle and alissa

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

May 24th... Come find out what it's all about!

Joseph Gárate - May 24th

 Joseph Gárate is a classically trained singer, a songwriter, and a stage performer from the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles, California. In addition to his work with The Lexingtons, Joseph has collaborated with a variety of local songwriters and musicians. A recording of his original songs will be completed this Summer. For more information, please go to


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Resistance is Fertile

Photos of the South Coast Botanic Garden by Pedra Furmall

Pedra Furmall - May 24th

Pedra Furmall works as an Assistant Arboretum Gardener for LA County Department of Parks and Recreation. She has been designing and installing public display gardens for 5 years within LA county. Her focus is water-wise gardening with cactus and succulents. Not only will she discuss how anyone can begin these easy cost effective gardens, she will show how color and form can create a garden composition that will look proffessional and artistic year round.

Rip out your lawn, save money on water bills and help the environment. Find out how Sunday May 24th.

Pedra Furmall
Assistant Arboretum Gardener
LA County Department of Parks and Recreation
South Coast Botanic Garden

Rocknroll Garden Party Mixer

We're very excited to get the first RockNRoll Community Garden function off the ground!

This will be a cozy, intimate evening to allow people to meet and greet - to get to know more about what will be happening and available with the RockNRoll Community Garden.

Guest speakers including:

Al Renner, Director of LA Community Garden Council. Topic: Edible Urban Farming

Pedra Furmall, Assistant Arboretum Gardener for LA County Department of Parks and Recreation. Topic: Water-Wise Gardening with Cactus and Succulents.

Tara, Owner & Garden Guru of Silver Lake Farms. Topic: Legal Issues in the Home Garden

Featuring live music by Joseph Gárate & The Lexingtons!

Fresh, local, organic vegetarian cuisine with be served along with organic wine!

For More Info: Contact Danielle or Alissa @

How does your garden grow.... :)

RocknRoll Community Garden plans to create the 3rd rooftop garden/farm in Los Angeles. We are based in the Echo Park community, and will feature an ongoing weekly series of gardening, urban farming lectures, self-sustainability demonstrations, live music and drinks.

RocknRoll Community Gardens is a membership based collective, run by Danielle Marie Holland & Alissa Kueker. Resistance is Fertile!!!