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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Orchid's Acorn Lecture at Farmlab

Metabolic Studio Public Salon:
Orchid Black
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ Noon
Free Admission

Oak our Mother, Acorns our Food: Preparing Acorns to Eat

Acorns have long been a food staple of Northern Hemisphere peoples for whom gathering and preparing them was an important communal task. In that spirit of sharing work and wisdom, join native plant expert Orchid Black for her introduction to the history and culture of this highly nutritious food. In a hands-on workshop we will identify different oak species, leach and grind flour, and eat yummy acorn cornbread.

Orchid is a garden designer and owner of Pitcher Sage Design, which offers native plant consulting, habitat creation and sustainable design services to the greater Los Angeles area. Orchid writes and lectures about native plants, water-saving strategies, and sustainable gardening, and is currently teaching Sustainable Garden Practice at UCLA Extension.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this salon comprises a talk and workshop it will last longer than usual, ending around 2.30pm

Image: Shelled Acorns in a Pine Needle Bowl Handmade By Jim Otterstrom, 2007. Courtesy Jim Otterstrom

Metabolic Studio
1745 N. Spring Street #4
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 323 226 1158
email: info at farmlab dot org
for directions

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Field Trip to John T. Lyle Center, Saturday June 12th

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Our last class meeting is this Saturday at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, 4105 West University Drive, Pomona CA 91768, phone: 909.869.5155.  This is an inspiring site tying a lot of what we have been talking about all quarter into one stupendous array of buildings, technologies, gardens and design features, pointing to the way to a manner of sustainable living that can be replicated far and wide.  Juan Araya, a lecturer at the center will be leading our tour - and this is a real treat because I don't think many know the center like Juan, nor can they speak with the authority and purpose that Juan does.  I've been here three times, and I'm excited to be on the tour.

Remember:  this will be your last day to turn in projects or papers.  At midnight (Saturday to Sunday), you drop one full letter grade; you can almost watch your projects turning into little pumpkins.  

I'll have my cell phone if you need help getting to the site.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Class Tomorrow, June 07, 2010

Just a quick reminder that our coming class meeting, tomorrow evening at 6:30, will be held at The Learning Garden.  It is a potluck so bring a yummy to share with all our class members.  

The address to The Learning Garden is 13000 Venice Blvd. LA, 90066 - however, it is more accurate to say we are at the intersection of Walgrove Avenue and Venice Blvd - the south east corner.  Our entrance is on Walgrove, the first gate south of Venice Blvd.  It will be closed as I have a new dog and he has the 'Magellan Gene' and I don't like trying to track him down in the neighborhood - especially as he has a proven desire to head off to Venice Blvd!. 

Use my cellphone number if you have any questions.  We are bus accessible, Santa Monica Line 2 and MTA Line 33 and 333.  No rail yet.

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