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Sustainable Living Tour – California – October 1 – 12, 2017

Immerse yourself in leading sustainable living education centers showcasing real examples of soil, watershed and human relationship restoration.

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Empowering change seekers to cultivate lifestyles that regenerate the mind, body, soul and planet through transformative journeys and earth-based education. Our nature retreats blend personal development, permaculture education and spiritual exploration to support regenerative lifestyles and leadership.

Embark on this journey to..

    • Gain a deep understanding of how to thrive in community.
    • Be inspired by real examples of soil, water and habitat restoration.
    • Reconnect with your intrinsic gifts to use them for good.
    • Uplevel your hard skills through hands on workshops.
    • Tend meaningful relationships for personal growth, collaboration and fulfillment.
    • Create life-long friendships with fellow passionate changemakers.
    • Find clarity to what role you play in the world.
    • Embody your interconnection with all living beings.
    • Leave with an action plan for your calling or project.
    • Participate in on-going support for 1-year after the tour.

Hands-On Experiences and Learning at:

Quail Spring:
Emerald Ecovillage
LA Eco-Village
Wild Willow Farm & Educational Center
East End Eden
The Ecology Center

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Learn the Basics of Vegetable Gardening with UC Master Gardeners: Varied schedules and Neighborhoods:March, April, May, June 2016

Spring 2016
Sponsored by UC Master Gardener Program

Multi-sessions in various neighborhoods.  Fees vary from free to low-cost.  Check the neighborhoods and schedules below to find a class near you.


Alan Hjelm Community Garden (Beginning)
Address: Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 East Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93535
Dates: April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (4/16, 4/30 & 5/7); 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm (4/23)
Instructor: Susan Bowman
Contact Info: (661) 209-6002,
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class

Altadena Community Garden (Beginning)
Address: 3330 N. Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
Dates: April 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Instructors: Randy Bayard and Jeri Huston
Contact Info: (818) 314-5386,
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class
FREE for Altadena Community Garden members.

Community Gardens of Santa Clarita (Beginning)
Address: 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Dates: March 19, 26 and April 2 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Instructors: Rose Scordino, Diane Benjamin, Carol Mireles and Jennifer Seibel
Contact Info:
Fees: $55 for series or $20 per class
For members of the Community Gardens of Santa Clarita, a 50% discount is applied to the cost of the series.

Day One (Beginning)
Address: 175 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 9110
Dates: April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am
Instructor: Catalina Gonzalez
Contact Info: (626) 627-5004,
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class
Scholarships for Day One Youth Advocates and High School students are available. Also, discounts for residents of qualifying codes are available. Please contact instructor.

Emerson Avenue Community Garden (Beginning)
Address: 8050 Emerson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Dates: April 17 & May 1, 15 and 22 (Sunday)
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Instructor: Dana Morgan
Contact Info: (310) 702-6653,
Fees: $55 for series or $20 per class
$50 for series for EACG plot holders, Wright STEAM Magnet Middle School employees and parents, and WISH Charter employees and parents.

Filipino American Service Group (Beginning)
Address: 135 N. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Dates: April 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Liza Go
Contact Info:
$55 for series or $15 per class for General Public
$20 for class or $5 per class for qualified low-income participants.
$82 for series for two (you and your spouse/domestic partner, parent/child or sibling)

Fountain Community Garden (Beginning)
Address: 5620 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Dates: March 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Instructor: Dan Fujiwara
Contact Info: (213) 479-3228,
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class

Greystone Mansion (Beginning)
Address: 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dates: May 15, 22 and June 5, 12 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Instructor: George Pessin
Contact Info: (310) 779-8816,
Fees: $56 for series or $15 per class
For Beverly Hills residents, $45 for series or $12 per class.

The Learning Garden, Venice High School (Beginning)
Address: 13000 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Dates: April 3, 10, 17 and 24 (Sunday)
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Instructor: Nancy Mills and David King
Contact Info:
ees: $55 for series or $15 per class.
$82 for series per couple.

Long Beach Organic South 40 Community Garden (Beginning)
Address: 2813 South Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Dates: April 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Luis Sanchez
Contact Info: (213) 864-1278,
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class

Longden Elementary School (Beginning)
Address: 9501 Wendon Avenue, Temple City, CA 91780
Dates: April 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Helen Redmond
Contact Info: (818) 371-1766,
Fees: $50 for series or $15 per class
For Temple City USD staff, $15 for series or $5 per class.
FREE for Temple City USD students.

Meet Each Need with Dignity, MEND (Beginning)
Address: 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331
Dates: March 29, April 5, 12 and 19 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Robledo
Contact Info: (818) 288-1965,
Fees: FREE. Must RSVP in advance.

Mulholland Middle School, Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (Beginning)
Address: 6651-C Balboa Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Dates: April 10, 17, 24 and May 1 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Instructors: Randy Thomson, Pam Aitchison and Tove Aitchison
Contact Info: (818) 436-9484,
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class

Playa del Rey Elementary School (Beginning)
Address: 12221 Juniette Street, Culver City, CA 90230
Dates: March 6, 13, 20 & April 3, 10 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Instructor: Martha Clayton
Contact Info:
Fees: $55 for series or $15 per class
FREE for Playa del Rey families of students.
Work trade is available. Please contact instructor.

You can also check out our monthly garden tips, read our helpful garden articles or download our manual for beginning vegetable gardeners.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:30pm: The Low Down on Pee and Poo: Composting Toilets & Urine Reuse – A talk at L.A. Eco-Village

Composting toilets offer a sanitary and ecological solution to the flush toilet. (Did you know that around 890 billion gallons of untreated sewage flows into US waterways each year?) Learn about waterless composting toilets, reusing urine, and considerations for installing a system into your home. This presentation will cover homescale composting toilets from urban to rural applications, large scale systems, operation and maintenance needs, codes, and common problems and solutions.

Learn about

  • Types of composting toilets
  • Benefits of using urine as a fertilizer
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Common problems and solutions
  • System costs
  • Codes and regulations
  • Artistic toilet designs


Los Angeles EcoVillage
117 Bimini Place
Los Angeles 90004

Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 9pm

$5 to $15 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Not required, but if you’d like:  or 213/738-1254

Sponsored by Greywater Action:

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Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit, February 24-25, 2015 at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Conference website:  *

Living Soil +Carbon Sequestration + Native Plants = soil security = water security.

Twenty prominent presenters over two days in dialogue with Summit attendees will share strategies for:

• Restoring urban soils

• Reducing drought

• Creating a more verdant and economically viable city, and

• Sequestering carbon in the soil biome to reverse climate change.

Here in the City of Angels is the beginning of the collaboration with the billions of angels in the soil biome beneath our feet  to restore the soils of America’s urban environments.

The Summit host, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles, seeks to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds and empower the widest possible audience to enjoy, value and become stewards of the living Earth. The Museum believes that human beings are connected — to each other, to communities, to other species, and to the Earth.

As humans increasingly influence natural systems, it is critical that we understand these relationships. Therefore, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has donated all facilities and resources  during this Summit in order to spark the necessary dialogue around urban soil and water security.

Spend some time wandering in the beautiful gardens.    Learn more about the Museum at:

See conference website for sponsors and registration:

* not to be confused with the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative in Los Angeles Eco-Village

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Composting with Kreigh Hampel, June 22, 2014 at 10am

When:      Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 10am to noon

Where:     The White House Place Learning Garden, corner of Bimini and
White House Place in the Los Angeles Eco-Village


This is a free and open event.

Kreigh Hampel digs under the mythologies of waste. Since 2003 he has served as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Burbank while drawing on natural designs, simplicity and the community to engage regenerative thinking. He is a graduate of the UCLA Municipal Waste Management Program, a board member of the California Product Stewardship Council and has worked with nonprofits and public agencies on urban forestry, school gardens, solar energy, home composting and producer responsibility. He was recently named City Employee of the Year for his outstanding community service.  His motto is, “plant more, manufacture less.”

More info:  213/383-8684 or


Also, coming up in the White House Place Learning Garden:

Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1 pm:  Hop Hopkins on Food Security

Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11 am:  Meredith McKenzie on Watersheds

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