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.

Learn to Spin!

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Want to learn how to use a drop spindle? Or how to spin? Our friend Anne Schwartz is teaching some classes this month at the Keystone Art Space on San Fernando Road.

In this fun two-hour class you will learn the basics of spinning yarn on a drop spindle, and will receive your own spindle and fiber to keep!

This is a great way to start spinning because you’ll learn the basics – drafting fiber, adding twist and plying yarn – in a way that can be easily controlled, and using an inexpensive tool! Even if your goal is to spin on a spining wheel, you will learn skills and principles that will also be used on your wheel!

In addition to drop spinning, Anne offers private one-on-one spinning lessons.

For more information, check out her website

Summer Solstice Celebration at Holy Nativity


Photo by Paul Morgan.

Come see the new adobe community oven and celebrate the summer solstice! Here’s a note from Joanne of Environmental Change-makers:

Want to learn about all the fun stuff that goes on at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, and the Holy Nativity campus?

This Saturday, June 20, there will be a Summer Solstice Open House across the entire campus.

I will be speaking about saving water and greywater (three 15-minute talks, at 10, 11, 12)

The open house will feature garden tours, oven explanation (the oven mud is now drying), highlights from other campus organizations like Teri Roseman’s LiveYoga Wellness, Patricia Rose’s Fresh-food-in-a-flash cooking classes, the Food Forward gleaning program, art tours by Steve O’Laughlin, and much more.

Steve’s band will be performing 12-1, and pancakes will be served from 9-11. Come join us and see all the new goings-on!

Summer Solstice Open House
Sat Jun 20, 9am-1pm
Community Garden at Holy Nativity
6700 W. 83rd, Los Angeles, 90045
RSVP helpful

Cottage Food Operations Workshop Offered by UC Cooperative Extension

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For folks in Southern California who are thinking of starting a home based food business, UC Extension has a class coming up that will help you get started. UCCE assures me that the information provided will be of interest to anyone thinking about starting a Cottage Food operation, not just farmers. For more information contact: Rachel Surls, Sustainable Food Systems Advisor UC Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County (626) 586-1982 [email protected] Here’s the info:

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed especially for farmers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and honey interested in making value-added products in home kitchens as Cottage Food Operations (CFOs). Workshop is open to everyone.

What is a Cottage Food Operation?

The California Homemade Food Act (AB1616) allows individuals to prepare and package certain non-potentially hazardous foods in private-home kitchens referred to as “Cottage Food Operations” (CFOs). Processed meat, dairy, fermented foods, and juices are NOT legally acceptable cottage foods.

Learn about:

• Cottage Food Law

• Food science and sanitation

• Information about processing jams/jellies, honey, nuts, dried fruit, baked goods

• Packaging and storage

• Business operations for CFOs

Please come join us for this one day event: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

UC Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

Registration required: $25 with online payment by June 10 or Register online:

This project is funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

$40 at the door, space permitting