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Meet Trina Calderon

Meet Trina Calderon
I met the garden’s treasurer and former coordinator of the Manzanita Community Garden, Trina Calderon, on a golden weekday evening and she leads me up the garden, stopping us often to enjoy the sights and scents emanating from vegetation growing out of the dozen or so terraced garden plots. The planters, which are made of weathered steel, are a gift from a local company and enhance the bold, modern aesthetic of the garden. The garden is bisected by a steep…

Vote to turn a parking lot into a learning Garden

Gardeners, our friends need your help to earn a Seeds of Change grant. Help start an outdoor garden classroom for local schools by voting for the White House Place Learning Garden. Vote daily and help them win!   The Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust helped turn the White House Place Learning Garden from a parking lot to an outdoor organic gardening classroom for teachers, students, and families belonging to 8 schools within walking distance. The Seeds of Change grant will directly help this densely populated area…

Meet Urban Farmer Richard Tom

Meet Urban Farmer Richard Tom
Despite almost 20 years as an attorney for a local utility, these days, Richard Tom introduces himself as an urban farmer. “People want to talk to me when they hear that,” he says. “Everybody has an interest in food in one way or another.”  Richard has taken over the management of the Mott Street Urban Farm in Boyle Heights, and it’s been a real crash course in urban farming. “I’ve had a home garden for over 20 years,” he says, “but…

Free gardening classes: Pruning, pests and so much more!

Free gardening classes: Pruning, pests and so much more!
Learn how to prune your fruit trees! Saturday, January 18, 9 a.m. Mike Woodward from the Eagle Rockdale Community Garden shares everything you need to know about getting your fruit trees in shape for spring. La Madera Community Garden 3805 La Madera Ave. El Monte, CA 91732 Learn the “square foot method”! Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. Grow more veggies in less space using these high-efficiency techniques. Pasadena Community Gardens 721 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 Are aphids killing…

A Grand Gathering of the Gardens!

The 7th Annual Gathering of the Community Gardens was a tremendous success. We hope we got to see you there, but if we didn't, here are a few of the highlights. The event was held Saturday, October 19th at the gorgeous Garden School Foundation in the West Adams district, and thank you to Executive Director Julia Cotts for being an extraordinary host to us. We had lots of great exhibits, from beekeeping and chicken raising, to how to make great…