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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Field Trips: Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m. and 1p.m.

The second field trip for the Greener Gardens sustainability class will be this Saturday, May 22. We will convene at 11:00 a.m. at the home/urban farm of classmate Dave Keitel, then move on to the Casting Pond at Arroyo Seco at 1:00 p.m. (map links and directions below).
Dave will show you what he has done over the past 1-2 years on a relatively small and challenging site, including:
400+ sf of planted edibles (winter and summer crops + herbs)
Multiple system composting operation
20+ fruit trees
3 laying hens
Lawn and ivy replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping
A real world lab to consider options/issues for additional sustainable features (eg: rainwater recovery system)
A few logistics and practicalities:
1) Bring sensible shoes and sun protection (part of Dave's site has many steps)
2) Parking is relatively easy - anywhere on the sides of Micheltorena St. or Lucile Ave. that do not have "No Parking Anytime" signs)
3) Carpool if you can!
3) Call Orchid or Dave if lost or late. Dave's home: 323/669-0704 Dave's cell: 213/247-4065
4) Please RSVP to Dave at so he can better plan to provide some light refreshments (beverages and garden fresh salad)

Mapquest for Dave's house:

Some driving tips for Dave's house:
If you are approaching from the west side or the valley, exit the 101 (Hollywood) freeway at Silver Lake Blvd. - which is just a few miles north of downtown.
Take Silver Lake Blvd. north to Parkman, where you'll make a left at the signal. Take Parkman one block to Sunset Blvd, where you'll take another left.
Take Sunset west to Micheltorena, where you'll make a right at the signal. Take Micheltorena all the way up and just over the hill to 1975, which is on the corner of Lucile Ave.
If you are approaching from the north/northeast (eg: Pasadena), exit the 5 (Golden State) freeway at Los Feliz Blvd. - which is roughly between Glendale and Dodger Stadium. Take Los Feliz Blvd. west less than a mile to Griffith Park Blvd., where you will make a left at the signal. Take Griffith Park Blvd. about a mile to Angus, which is just past the signal at Hyperion Ave. Make a left on Angus and go up the hill to Micheltorena (your first stop sign). Make a right on Micheltorena and travel about a mile to 1975, which is at the corner of Lucile Ave.
If you have additional or specific questions, please call Dave at the numbers above.

We will leave Dave's at approximately 12:30, to meet at the Casting Pond at 1 p.m. A map showing the casting pond is here:

It is just north of the Lower Arroyo Seco Main Entrance, and can be reached by exiting the 110 N at Orange Grove and going north (left), turning left at California Blvd and right at California Ter., then left at Norwood. Turn right once you are down in the park. There is parking near the casting pond.

If you will be coming from the 134/ 210, exit the 134 at Orange Grove, turn right on California Blvd., then follow directions above.

NEW: Map from Dave's to Arroyo Seco S. Entrance (Use City of Pasadena Map as well).*i3e5bnVmZ


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