Greywater Action Installer Course


How about turning our historic drought into a job opportunity? That’s what you could do if you sign up for Greywater Action’s six day installer course coming up in November:

This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, economical residential greywater systems.

You will learn about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater. We’ll cover basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. You will learn how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally you’ll learn about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. By the end of the course you will know about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code.

For more information and to sign up head here.

Free Webinar on Making and Using Compost Teas


UC Berkeley Botanical Garden’s compost tea process.

One of the most contentious topics in gardening and agriculture is compost tea. I’m still sorting out what I think of the practice, which is why I’m excited about an upcoming free webinar from the folks at eXtension (sic). Here’s the 411:

About the Webinar

This webinar is aimed at a general audience, gardeners, farmers, and ag professionals. Viewers will learn how to make consistent and safe compost teas for gardening and agricultural use. We will discuss how compost teas are viewed and regulated by the National Organic Program and Environmental Protection Agency. Viewers will leave with an improved understanding of compost teas and how they can be beneficially used.

About the Presenters

Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs is an Associate Professor of Sustainable and Organic Agriculture at Washington State University. Her work aims to improve global health and sustainability through biological and appropriate technologies for agriculture.

Catherine (CeCe) Crosby is a Ph.D. candidate in Soil Science at Washington State University. CeCe has led hundreds of pre-nursing students through chemistry and environmental science courses, and currently is researching the feasibility of composting for new uses in society.

Author William Powers to Speak in Los Angeles

I had the great pleasure of hearing William Powers speak about his book 12 by 12 a few years ago. He’s returning to Los Angeles for a book talk and signing at Skylight Books on Saturday October 3rd at 5 pm. Powers is a very thoughtful, honest and engaging speaker. Living simply in the big city is, obviously, a subject close to our hearts.  From the book description:

New Slow City
Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City

Burned-out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast — New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a 20-hour workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.

Skylight Books (a big supporter of our two books, by the way) is located at:
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA

A conflicting event will prevent us from being there, but please tell Powers and the folks at Skylight that Root Simple sent you.

Seed Tape Workshop at Summer Nights in the Garden

We’ll be demonstrating how to make seed tape this evening at the Natural History Museum’s Summer Nights in the Garden program. It’s a popular event and, as usual, has already reached RSVP capacity. But if you show up early you can still pick up a ticket at the door. Once you get in you’ll also need to get another ticket for the seed tape demo (also free). But wait, there’s more:

MUSIC: live jazz and hip-hop with Mocky and Friends
HUSHconcerts provides headphones …hear live music or listen to a soundscape
MAKE SEED TAPE with authors, Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne (*timed-ticket required)
BUILD A BEE HOTEL with NHM Entomologists (*timed-ticket required)
ROCK ART with Barnsdall Arts
SMOKE FLY SAMPLING with NHM Citizen Scientists
PATIO CHATS: The Story of P-22, L.A.’s Famous Mountain Lion
ART INSTALLATION, “Edge of Color” by Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons
LADWP Save the Drop Photo-Op

Hope to see you there. More info on the Museum’s website.

Butter Making Demo at the Natural History Museum


Join us for what I promise will be the Burning Man of butter making this Friday evening at the Natural History Museum. We’ll be doing a hands-on shake your own butter demo with live drummers. Best of all it’s freeeeeeeeeeeee, but you need to RSVP. And there’s more:

MUSIC with COASTIN (5-7 pm) and Evan Weiss from Junk (7-9pm)
BUTTER MAKING with authors, Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne (*timed-ticket required)
POTTING SUCCULENTS (*timed-ticket required)
SPRAY PAINT MURAL with Self Help Graphics & Art
SMOKE FLY SAMPLING with NHM Citizen Scientists
ART INSTALLATION, “Edge of Color” by Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons
LADWP Save the Drop Photo-Op
*Activities require a timed-ticket; available on a first-come, first-served basis; ticket distribution located at the activity.

This is your chance to see one of the best gardens in Los Angeles, hear some music and smoke some flies. Or sample some smoked flies, or something like that. These events are crazy popular so RSVP soon. For more info head over to the Museum’s website.