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Meet Hop Hopkins & Panther Ridge Farm

Meet Hop Hopkins & Panther Ridge Farm
Panther Ridge Farm is not a typical Community Garden.  Sitting on just over a 1/4 acre of semi-suburban residential land in Altadena, just north of Los Angeles, it is a hyperlocal first generation family farm.   This home, farm, garden, school was begun by Hop Hopkins, (arborist, master gardener, permaculture designer and community activist) and his very engaged family.  The farm demonstrates that everywhere we grow food responsibly provides an infrastructure to nurture the growth and transformation of plants, and communities.  From their…

Free Rain Barrels — City of LA

The City of Los Angeles is giving away 1,000 55-gallon water barrels to LA residents.  To qualify, you must sign up for and attend one of their water conservation workshops, currently scheduled for March 14, March 28, and April 15.  For more information, visit www.scpr.org. View image | gettyimages.com  

Springtime in SoCal heralds the incurable gardening delirium known as TOMATOMANIA!

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."   -- American writer and humorist, Lewis Grizzard Tomatomania! is coming soon! Throughout March and April, lucky SoCal gardeners will get access to over 300 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato seedlings. This exciting bounty comes compliments of the largest annual tomato seedling sale in the country, joyfully dubbed Tomatomania! There are currently more than a dozen sales events set to take place in March and April,…

Meet David De La Torre and the Jardin del Rio Community Garden

Meet David De La Torre and the Jardin del Rio Community Garden
Tucked between two modest homes, and not 500 feet from the LA River, sits Jardin del Rio Community Garden, a serene oasis of greenery and community. With its 28 plots, Jardin del Rio is a refuge for many older local residents, and a crucial source of food for families and children. But before it was a treasure, this small parcel of city-owned land was a blight on the neighborhood. In the 60’s and 70’s, the lot had been a popular…

New Online Seed School — 2015 session begins

If you missed SLOLA's new Online Seed School last year, this is a great way to conveniently get the info you need about seed. The program is an online educational series comprised of weekly, 1½ hour webinars, which are recorded for online access anytime. The series will run 7-weeks, patterned after Seed School developed in 2010. The program has graduated over 600 students to date and is now the flagship educational program of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. With 4 international…

Tune into The Garden Hour with Mike Ventura

Tune in for great gardening advice! Mike Ventura's The Garden Hour is on KCAA 1050fm from 12:05 to 12:59 pm each Saturday through April 4. The toll-free number to call in is 888-909-1050. Or listen online at http://podcasts.kcaastreaming.com/garden/#

Free Wooden Stakes

Need free wooden stakes for your garden project or spring planting? A distributor of General Motors Accessories to GM dealers has thousands of wooden sticks to give away.  Each pine stick is 3/4" square and 4-6' tall and is perfect for stakes for beans, tomatoes, and other climbing plants. They have a constant supply of 2,000-3,000 of these per month.  All you need to do is pick them up from a warehouse in Rancho Cucamonga. For more information, contact: Russell…

LACGC Interviewed on “5900 Wilshire” 100.3 The Sound

January 4th, 2015 -- Executive Director Julie Beals spoke with the host of the radio program "5900 Wilshire" (100.3 The Sound) about the wonders and benefits of community gardening. Learn how to get started with your own community garden plot! Listen to the interview online through January 25th, 2015.

Save the Honeybees! Sign LACV Petition…

Our nation’s number one food security guard, the honeybee, is dying by the thousands. In recent years, nearly one third of commercial bee colonies in the U.S. have been dying over the winter. And in Oregon last summer roughly 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead after being exposed to a pesticide sprayed on trees for purely aesthetic purposes. The situation is so bad that people have started to dub it the "Bee-pocalypse"   One third of the food produced in North America,…

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…