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UCCE Master Gardener Applications 2015

Are you interested in applying for the 2015 UCCE Master Gardener Program? Apply by January 9, 2015.   Since 1993, the UCCE Master Gardener Program has trained 1,127 Master Gardener volunteers who have served 1,283,928 Los Angeles County residents. In 2013-2014, 291 Master Gardeners logged 20,658 volunteer hours and 4,569 continuing education hours helping 143,477 Los Angeles County residents at 269 locations (91 community gardens, 124 school gardens, 3 senior center gardens, 11 homeless and battered-women's shelters, and 40 fairs, farmers markets and…

Our Sweet 16 Party, September 7. 2014

Thanks to every one that participated in our Sweet 16 party, we had an amazing time and we have our guests, sponsors, volunteers and great supporters to thank. Brett Thompson and Pez Cantina for the excellent food and salsa demonstration. Firestone, Walker for the beverages. Unpopable for the great music. Esteban Ortiz from the Florence-Firestone Garden for telling the story of their community garden Our great exhibitors:  Natural Honey Company, etc. Enjoy scenes from the party at our Sweet 16…

Meet the Elysian Valley Community Garden

The Elysian Valley Community Garden On a street bordering the abandoned BIMBO bakery in “Frogtown” sits the Elysian Valley Community Garden. The summer growing season is in full swing, and the garden is vibrant with the colors of growing vegetables and thriving plants. The garden is home to 30 4x8 foot garden plots, a large covered meeting space with benches and a stage, and an abundance of plants. Along the fence grow berry bushes and lots of trees - apples,…

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…

East Hollywood Garden Achievement Center project accepting construction bids

East Hollywood Garden Achievement Center project accepting construction bids
We are excited to be working with Osborn Architects to design the East Hollywood Garden Achievement Center at 1070 Madison Ave, LA 90029! Scheduled to open in January 2015, the Trust for Public Land and LACGC are transforming a 24,000 sq. ft. lot into a public park and community garden. Plans include 35 plots, large communal gardens, and a classroom where you can learn gardening, landscaping, nutrition, and cooking skills. LACGC is accepting  construction bids for the modular building through 3:00pm…

Meet the No Ho Community Garden

The North Hollywood High School’s agricultural program has been running continuously since the school opened in 1927 on 100 acres of land.  Today, the school’s footprint has been reduced to eight acres but students continue to learn to grow fruit and vegetables and care for rabbits, turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, pigs, 2 donkeys and a llama.  The school’s caretaker used to live in a small Craftsman cottage on a one-acre site next to the school farm but the cottage…

Makena’s Corner: Got Mulch?

One of the easiest ways to keep your soil moist and cool is to apply a layer of mulch on your garden.  Start by checking with your local city or municipality. LA, Glendale, and Santa Monica all offer free mulch for residents. It generally requires being picked up from their facility. Another easy way to get copious amounts is by hitting up the tree services that work in your area. If they are trimming trees and chipping it on site,…

Meet Annet Sasser

  As a child, Annet Sasser learned to garden from an aunt in San Francisco who taught her all the domestic arts to keep her out of mischief!  For thirty years, Annet lived in Georgia and grew many varieties of fruits and vegetables at her home.  When she returned to California, she missed having a yard and one of her daughters suggested that she join a community garden. Just over two years ago, Annet obtained a lot at the North…