Permaculturalist Paul Wheaton in Los Angeles

Institute for Urban Ecology Flyer

In honor of the upcoming SoCal Permaculture Convergence, the Institute for Urban Ecology is proud to be partnering with several Los Angeles based organizations to bring you this once-in-a-lifetime event. Come learn from some of LA’s leading urban ecology experts and from internationally recognized Permaculturalist Paul Wheaton.  To encourage everyone to come and learn, this event is ALMOST FREE!!!!  Sign up a big group and pay nearly nothing to attend.

Paul Wheaton of permies.com
10:30am
No Coop, No Run Chicken Raising
Why spend the money to build a chicken coop and run, when you can have healthier, happier chickens without them?  Paul explains his super simple backyard chicken raising techniques. [Editor’s note: I know this idea sounds crazy, but read Wheaton’s lengthy explanation here].

1pm to 2pm Lunch provided by Oh Happy Days! Natural Foods & Cafe

Marco Barrantes of La Loma Development Co
2pm
Permaculture in the Big City
How does Permaculture apply to life in the concrete jungle?  Hear this Permaculture designer and entrepreneur speak about healing our cities, creating jobs, and transforming LA’s food culture.

Darren Butler of EcoWorkshops.com
3:30pm to 5pm
Systems Gardening
Does gardening have to be such hard work? Learn how to work with Nature’s systems to make your garden easier to manage and more productive than ever before.

Paul Wheaton on Irrigation Free Gardening at Armory Center for the Arts
6pm to 8pm  
Paul will discuss Permaculture strategies to eliminate the need for irrigation in our gardens.  An especially relevant talk given our climate here in Southern California.

Day/Time
Sunday, March 3rd
10am to 8pm

Location

Daytime Events
@Institute of Urban Ecology
3896 N Fair Oaks Avenue,
Altadena , CA

Evening Paul Wheaton Lecture
@Armory Center for Arts
145 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

Registration (click here to register)
$5 for 1st ticket
$1 each add’tl ticket

Sponsoring Organizations
Institute of Urban Ecology
RIPE Altadena
La Loma Development
EcoWorkshops.com
Oh Happy Days Natural Foods Market
Whole Foods Market, Pasadena
Whittier Backyard Farms
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
Root Simple

Forager and Humanurist Nancy Klehm in Los Angeles

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Nancy Klehm is coming to Los Angeles for two exciting events–one on foraging and the other on humanure:

Edible Urbanforage Walk Saturday February 16 4 to 6 pm.

February, is the ideal time to forage Los Angeles!

Nance Klehm will be leading this urbanforage. On this walk, we will learn to identify edible and medicinal plants, hear their botanical histories and stories of their use and share tastes of what we find.

The urbanforage will start with an herbal beverage and end with a simple herbal food shared over discussion of the experiences and questions generated by the walk.

Bring a notebook and a pen for sketching or note taking and a bag and a knife for collecting.

All ages welcome!
Adults 18+ years $20/person
Children 6-17 years $10/person
Children 5 years and under *free*

Reserve your space for this event by sending your PayPal payment to: [email protected]
There are no refunds. Registration closes February 15.

Mon. Feb 18 – Safe & Sound Human Manure Class

Can we use human waste in our gardens? Is it safe? Come to this incredible workshop by Nancy Klehm, a human manure expert, where we will explore these questions and more.  Learn about compost toilet design, and Nancy’s amazing previous work.

Nance Klehm is a steward of the earth. She is an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permacultural grower, as well as an in demand consultant, speaker, and teacher. She is respected internationally for her work on land politics and growing for fertility.

Nancy has been featured in Time Magazine, the Utne Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Reuters news service, on the MSN Money website, and many other publications and media outlets. She has been interviewed extensively about her work including spots by American Public Media’s Weekend America program, KRCL in Salt Lake City, BBC Radio Canada, Chicago Public Radio, and KBOO in Portland, Oregon.

Date/Time

Monday, February 18
7 to 9pm

Location
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1280 East Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104

Registration (click here to register)
Pre-register by 2/10: $15
Pre-register by 2/17: $20
At the Door: $25

Hosting Organizations
RIPE Altadena
Institute of Urban Ecology
More about Nance Klehm:

http://ecolutionist.com/q-a-with-radical-ecologist-nance-klehm-on-urban-foraging/
www.spontaneousvegetation.net

Erik on HuffPost Live Tonight

Just a quick note that I’ll be on HuffPost Live tonight at 6:30 PST to discuss, “Backyard Chicken Coops, greenhouses, beehives and compost bins show that back-to-the-land activities and sustainable living are back. Say Hello to Victory Gardens 2.0!”

You can watch here. Guests include:

  • Barbara Finnin Executive Director of City Slicker Farms
  • Erik Knutzen Author of “The Urban Homestead” and Founder of Root Simple
  • Rob Ludlow Owner of BackYardChickens.com

The show will be archived and I’ll post a link when it appears on the HuffPost website.

Feral House and Process Media Winter Soltice Party

Feral House and Process media, the publishers of our first book The Urban Homestead, will be holding their annual solstice party on Saturday December 8th from 7 to 10 pm at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, located within the Wacko gift store. Judging from the flyer, naked Shriners will frolic in the Griffith Park Fountain later on in the evening. Whatever happens, it’s a fun event not to be missed. Kelly and I will be there to hang out, chat and show off our emergency composting toilet. Perhaps we’ll get around to decorating it with blinking Christmas lights. Kill two birds with one stone and shop the Wacko aisles for Christmas gifts your young Goth and aging and ironic Gen X relatives! Then talk composting with us.

La Luz de Jesus/Wacko is located at:

4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Notes on Mark Bittman’s “Behind the Scenes of What We Eat”

Last week Erik and I went to see well-known food writer Mark Bittman speak on food policy. He spoke in a huge room in The California Endowment–and it was a full house. Afterward, Erik and I compared it to being in church. We were surrounded by people of the same faith, being told things we already know, and being reminded to be good. And I don’t mean that in a bad way! It never hurts to meditate on how to be better, to do more. Bittman is an engaging speaker and it was a great evening. I took notes, and will share a little of what I learned.

He spent a good deal of time describing how our national food system and food policy is depressing and screwed up. We all know this, right? Factory farms, fuel waste, massive environmental degradation, obesity crisis, etc. & etc.

(One quick scary fact from the roll of shame: Did you know that 80% of antibiotics used in the US are fed to farm animals? That number has been shooting up fast for the last 20 years. Why are they used on animals? Not so much for illness, but rather to prevent illness in animals living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, and to speed growth. They’re prophylactic. Lovely. Antibiotic failure happens to be one of my favorite doomsday scenarios.)

Bittman believes that in 50-100 years we will no longer be shipping food across country or across planet–we’ll be relying on local/regional agriculture systems, based on family farms. Whether this shift is a positive, pleasant transition or made in a state of dreadful calamity, is entirely a matter of how soon we begin working on the shift.

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