Free Biodynamic Composting Seminar in LA on November 16th

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“Get perfect results without turning, fussing or worrying in 6 months!”

A Root Simple reader has turned us on to an excellent opportunity to learn about composting from a master of the art–for free!  We’ll be there.

And here’s the details:

Learn the Secrets of BioDynamic Composting from Jack McAndrews    

Recognized as one of America’s leading experts on biodynamic organic agriculture, Jack’s biodynamic composts have been the secret behind some of the most beautiful and healthiest gardens in Hollywood and on the Westside. And now you can learn how to create this black gold in your own backyard.

Maria C. Linder, Professor of Biochemistry at CalState Fullerton says, “There are very few people in the country with [Jack’s] experience and expertise… Bio-dynamic composting is more scientifically based than most and is by far the most impressive method I have encountered. Jack has studied the process for many years, and with the best Masters in the business.” (Excerpts from: http://bio-dynamic.info/).

Biodynamic compost is made with precise specifications and is a fundamental component of the biodynamic method of growing food. It recycles animal manures and organic wastes, stabilizes nitrogen, and builds soil humus to enhance soil health.

“This is recognized as the finest recipe for growing crops in the world,” claims Jack. “You don’t need any other fertilizer or pesticides. This form of agriculture is ahead of its time. It grows the best quality food known today.”

Come and be amazed at what you can grow!

The seminar will be 2 to 3 hours long, but feel free to come and stay however long you can

Starting a Sourdough Starter Talk at Artisinal LA

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I’ll be doing a short talk at Artisinal LA this Sunday October 13th at 4pm on how to start a sourdough starter. Artisinal LA (yep, the “A” word) is a showcase of local small food vendors. In case you’re not in LA this is what I’ll be demonstrating:

Mark Stambler, who co-founded the LA Bread Bakers with me and Teresa Sitz, will also be doing a talk on baking bread at 4pm on Saturday.

Transition Founder Rob Hopkins in Pasadena


Monday, October 14: Pasadena, CA
“Just Doing Stuff”
Talk and Fair
10:30am–2:00pm
Transition Pasadena hosts Rob Hopkins speaking at 11:00am about climate change and how communities across the country and world are transforming their economic, energy and food systems from the bottom up. Welcome by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

At the Fair: Repair Café, Learning Garden tours, potluck lunch, and networking with local sustainability groups and neighboring Transition Initiatives.

Throop Unitarian Universalist Church
300 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Tickets: $10, pre-register for $5 at
www.justdoingstuffpasadena.eventbrite.com

Transition Founder Rob Hopkins in Los Angeles

TRANSITION MOVEMENT Rob Hopkins, the founder of the international Transition movement is coming to Los Angeles for two events:

Sunday, October 13: Westchester, CA
“Just Doing Stuff” Festival
2:30–4:30pm
Fun for all ages: Live music, food, transition-related displays and interaction in the beautiful Emerson Avenue Community
Garden, at 80th Place, Westchester 90045

Festival is free.
“Just Doing Stuff” Panel
5:00–7:00pm
Rob Hopkins’ talk and conversation
with friends:
Andy Lipkis, founder and director
of TreePeople
D’artagnan Scorza, executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice-Mayor and core member Transition Culver City
Joanne Poyourow, Initiator Transition LA, Environmental Change-Makers

Westchester United Methodist Church.
8065 Emerson Ave, Westchester, CA 90045
Tickets: $10 pre-registration required at
www.thepowerofjustdoingstuff.eventbrite.com

City of Angels Permaculture Academy Design Course Series

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The City of Angels Permaculture Academy Design Course Series will be starting up this October 5th and 6th. Kelly and I are planning to attend and we look forward to seeing some of you there. Here’s the 411:

One weekend a month for 6 months.
World-class education for less than $12 an hour!
Discounts, Payment Plans and up to 50% Work-Trade Still Available

You can drop in for one day- or for the whole series.

  • Elegant Home and Gardens- DIY Design & Build
  • Learn Urban Homesteading Skills
  • Community Projects
  • Starting a Neighborhood Business
  • Hands-On Natural Building / Sustainable Landscaping
  • Permaculture in Schools and more.

With Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway, Scott Pittman, John Valenzuela and Local Guests.

For all the course details- and how to get yourself registered please go to:
http://cityofangelspermaculture.com/design-courses.html

National Heirloom Expo 2013

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For the third year in a row I’m heading to the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa California September 10, 11 and 12. I can’t say enough good things about it. For the insanely low price of $25 you get three days worth of lectures, cooking demos, a mini livestock show and an exhibition hall full of great companies and organizations. I’ll be speaking on a panel on Wednesday September 11th at 2:00 pm on urban homesteading along with longtime friend Suzanne Mackey of Petaluma Urban Homestead and Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts and Transition USA.

If you’re planning on attending please leave a comment and let’s try to meet up.

Cast Iron Cookware Class at Winnetka Farms

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Our friends at Winnetka Farms are teaching a cast iron cookware class. I can’t say enough good things about cast iron–we ditched our Teflon years ago. Here’s the 411 on the class:

Cast Iron Cookware
How to use, maintain and restore.

History
We’ll start with a short history of cast iron cookware.

Techniques and use of cast iron
There will be cooking demonstrations (tastings) and discussion of the special techniques and uses of this timeless kitchen tool.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Very importantly the cleaning and maintenance of your cast iron cookware. While there are many theories regarding cleaning and maintaining cast Iron, I’ll discuss and demonstrate the system I adhere to after many years of experience.

Restoring cast iron
Either you found an old rusty pan in a thrift shop or after years of use your skillet needs more then a cleaning, you’ll learn how and what to do to restore that favorite piece in your collection.

If you have a problem piece of cast iron you can’t “fix,” bring it to class so I can make a recommendation to restore your item.

Thirty dollars per student to be paid upon arrival. Check or cash only. This class has a limit of 12 students. Light foods and beverages will be served.

Location and more info here.

Homestead Academy: A Two Day Course in Kitchen Self-Reliance

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I’ll be doing a keynote speech at the end of an intensive weekend of classes in bread baking, vinegar brewing, yogurt making and more. The event, which will take place on July 6th and 7th is presented by Growcology and the Emerald Village and will take place in Vista, CA.

This weekend intensive is designed to catapult you into a life of self-reliance through homesteading. Join Growcology and the Emerald Village Volunteers as we share the simple and effective ways to make: yogurt, cheese, butter, bread, home cleaning products, beer, salves, infusions, preserving, and healthy cooking. Special features include local farmers and food providers.

For more information and tickets head here.