October 17, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Low-Cost Local “Victory Gardens” Classes Taught By Master Gardeners:

With the recent release of a report on urban agriculture in Los Angeles, Cultivate L.A., it’s become clear that interest in locally grown, organically raised produce has never been higher.

Los Angeles was once an agricultural paradise, but suburban residential development covered the fertile land with housing tracts and shopping malls.

During war times, Victory Gardens were an everyday part of life, because resources were scarce and were directed first to soldiers overseas, forcing those at home to be more self-sufficient

Now in its fourth year, certified volunteer instructors from the UC/Cooperative Extension LA County Master Gardener program will empower people once again to “grow their own” with its Grow LA Victory Gardens Initiative.

This series offers 23 four-week, low-cost classes in Fall Gardening Basics throughout Los Angeles County.

Three unique settings for Westside students, including the newly established Emerson Avenue Community Garden in Westchester, are planned.

Beginning September 7, Mar Vista/Venice Master Gardeners Julie Strnad and Marlena Ross will offer up their home garden and orchard lessons in soils, seed starting, transplanting, composting basics, pest management, container gardening, companion planting, harvesting and more.

Strnad’s well-established backyard garden features raised beds and in-ground growing, with a bounty of produce and fruit. Ross, who manages two home orchards, was recently featured in “Edible Westside” with her collections of tropical, exotic trees and fruits.

Mar Vista classes are on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm, September 7th, 14th, 21st (2 to 5 pm) and 28th. Addresses will be provided upon paid registration. Classes can be taken as a series ($55) or individually ($15/per class). Contact j@atombrain.com or call 310.398.3494.

Beginning September 8, the much beloved Learning Garden on the grounds of Venice High School serves as the setting.

Aspiring growers will be inspired by the Chinese medicine garden and the numerous individual garden plots tended by members of UCLA’s Horticultural Program and Venice High School students. Gardenmaster David King, who is also founder of SLOLA: The Seed Library of Los Angeles based at The Learning Garden, offers a lifetime of farm and gardening experience along with in-depth perspectives on the importance of seed independence.

Venice classes take place at The Learning Garden on Sundays from 1:30-4:30 pm, September 8th, 15th, 22 and 29. To register call 310.397.5723 or email grandy133@verizon.net. $75 for the series or $20 per class.

And the newly formed Emerson Avenue Community Garden in Westchester will play host to classes beginning on September 29. This is a great opportunity to learn, literally, from the ground up with basics that will last through a lifetime of gardening.

Call 310.702.6653 or email danah.morgan@gmail.com. The cost is $75 for the series ($40 if annual household income is below $20,000) or $20 per class. Inquire about scholarships for very low income residents.

In November another series of classes will be taught at Culver City High School.

Details here: http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/Common_Ground_Garden_Program/Grow_LA_Victory_Garden_Initiative_Classes

UC Cooperative Extension’s “Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative” aims to help new gardeners start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, a backyard or at a community garden, bringing together local families and neighbors to share their experiences, skills and produce. 

Participants will be able to turn this new interest in gardening into successful, productive gardens that will generate positive changes in their homes by helping to lower grocery bills and enhance opportunities to eat healthy, nutritious foods.

“Everyone who is interested in growing some of their own food can help their families eat better—and have fun doing it,” says Yvonne Savio, Common Ground Garden program manager.

“Sharing your experiences and extra produce is a great way to connect with your neighbors,” she added.

For general information on the initiative, contact Yvonne Savio, Common Ground Garden program manager, at 323.260.3407 or ydsavio@ucanr.edu.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica’s 100 Homes Initiative Moves Forward

October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

City seeks public participation in new HUD-funded program By Dolores Quintana The City of Santa Monica is moving forward with...

Former Mesa PD Chief to Lead Santa Monica Police Department

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Ramon Batista selected as Santa Monica’s first Latino police chief By Sam Catanzaro Ramon Batista, Jr., the former police chief...

Closing Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month Today

October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

This Friday, October 15, the Santa Monica community is invited to a closing ceremony for Santa Monica’s first Hispanic Heritage...

Three SMC Professors Receive First-Ever Michelson Intellectual Property Educator of Excellence Award

October 13, 2021

October 13, 2021

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson  IP) is proud to award three Santa Monica College faculty members with the...

An Interview with Zach Rash, CEO of Coco Food Robotic Delivery

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

Coco Delivery, is a completely contactless food delivery service that uses human piloted robots to deliver meals from the restaurant...

Message From Santa Monica’s New City Manager David White

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

To the Santa Monica Community – it is with tremendous excitement that today I begin my first day as your...

Three Santa Monica College Faculty Receive Michelson IP Educator Award: Santa Monica Beat – October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Set To Approve Plan For 9 Thousand New Housing...

U.S Secretary of Veterans Affairs Visits Veterans Encampment Outside VA

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

On Wednesday, the Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs and Mark Takano visited the veterans homeless encampment along san vicente blvd....

Mid-Century Ocean Avenue Apartments Sell for $70 Million

October 9, 2021

October 9, 2021

Westside Real Estate Scene October 11, 2021 By Dolores Quintana As reported by the Santa Monica Lookout, a mid-century apartment...

Santa Monica Police Release Sketch of Suspects Wanted for Ocean Park Shooting

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

Santa Monica police have released sketches of two men wanted in connection to a recent shooting.  According to the Santa...

Hotels, Liquor Stores to be Allowed on Third Street Promenade

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

Santa Monica City Council approves temporary zoning changes for Promenade By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro Hotels and liquor stores...

Santa Monica Selects Joseph Lawrence as Interim City Attorney

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

Search for permanent City Attorney to begin soon By Sam Catanzaro At its meeting last week, the Santa Monica City...

Santa Monica Sues Real Estate Firm for Converting Rent-Controlled Units Into Vacation Rentals

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

City of Santa Monica files complaint against NMS Properties Corporation  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica is suing a real estate...

Santa Monica College to Hold Glass Pumpkin Sales This Weekend

October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

Help Support SMC Art Department, Santa Monica Public Library, Palisades-Malibu YMCA By Staff Writer Santa Monica College will hold two...

Party Bus Driver Flees Following Santa Monica Crash That Injured Multiple People

October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

SMPD investigating October 3 incident By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are searching for the driver of a party bus...