Thank You Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County!

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I want to take a moment to thank the staff of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. They were nice enough to invite Root Simple to do a coffee roasting demo and gave us booth space during Nature Fest this past weekend. They were also very compassionate and understanding when I had to leave early on Sunday when my elderly mom was, unexpectedly, hospitalized.

If you’re a local please consider joining the Museum as a member and sign up to find out about the many programs they put on. They are doing amazing work to encourage biodiversity and citizen science.

And a programming note: posting will be light this week as I need to help my mom.

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Nature Fest this Weekend!

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Just a reminder that I’ll be at the Natural History Museum’s L.A. Nature Fest this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Root Simple will have a booth in which we’ll be selling copies of our rare and hard to find booklets, done in collaboration with the Ecology Center, on container gardening, rainwater harvesting, bicycle basics, backyard chickens and food preservation. They’ll be priced to fly out of those boxes in my garage! I’ll also be doing a coffee demo at 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday and dispensing free advice in the booth for the entirety of the festival. Please drop by and hang out.

And dig the book racks I built out of scrap plywood! See you this weekend!

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Root Simple at Nature Fest March 18 and 19

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Hey Angelinos,
Root Simple will be doing a coffee roasting demo at 1:00 pm at the Natural History Museum’s Nature Fest on March 18 and 19. We also have a booth and you’re welcome to come hang out during the event. I’ll be selling some of our lesser known publications at a steep discount as well as answering random homesteading questions. We’d love to meet you in person!

The Natural History Museum is one of my favorite places in LA. The event will feature:

  • Over 30 exhibitor booths in partnership with local organizations
  • Access to scientists and nature experts to answer all your questions
  • Live animal presentations, stage performances and nature walks
  • Expert tips on how to attract wildlife to your garden
  • Nature crafts​
  • Early morning bird walks

If you’ve got gardening or nature questions, the NHM staff is incredibly knowledgeable. More info here. Bring the whole family!

Surface Walk with Nance Klehm Saturday February 11th

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Our friend Nance Klehm (and guest on episode 38 of the Root Simple Podcast) is in town! Here’s the 411:

Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 2–4 pm

Bowtie Project
2780 W. Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

TICKETS $30

Ecologist and professional forager Nance Klehm will lead a walk at the Bowtie Project exploring the human uses and ecological functions of the native and spontaneous vegetation at the site. On this walk we will investigate how the vegetation relates to the ecology and vitality of the soil that supports it.

Surface Walk is part of Nance Klehm’s Bowtie residency titled Double Pairing.

Nance Klehm has been an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permacultural grower for more than two decades. Her approach is centered on instigating change by activating extant communities. Her work demonstrates her lifelong commitment to redefining the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems on this planet.

Learn How To Bake Sourdough Bread with Dana Morgan February 18th

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Want to learn how to bake your own tasty sourdough loaves? Take a class with the Los Angeles Bread Baker’s amazing instructor Dana Morgan on February 18th at the community oven in Westchester. Not to be missed!

This small class will teach you the basics of Tartine-style sourdough bread baking. Come learn about making and maintaining sourdough starter and how to mix, divide, shape and time the fermentation of amazing artisan bread inspired by Chad Robertson at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. Prepare your sourdough in class and bake it at home the next day. Ingredients for your bread will be provided.

Head over to the Los Angeles Bread Baker’s Meetup to sign up.