One more Saturday left at gardenLAb. Six weeks is a long time — we met a lot of great people, but it’ll be nice to move on to other projects, etc.

An ‘Experiment’ that Comments on L.A.’s Ecology (Metropolis Magazine)

The question of the show is really what happens outside the Wind Tunnel: whether the art turns into activism, on a political or personal level.

The Path to Freedom information booth, run by the Dervaes family, who farm their own food, shows howyou too can become an urban homesteader. The L.A. Urban Rangers give some guidance for day-to-day living: “Wear sunscreen” and “When you’re on the

Westside, breathe deeply–the air’s better over there.” In a campfire talk, ranger Emily Scott tells us how to “Learn to Love Your Freeway Landscape.”

In all, “the gardenLAb experiment” sends a clear sign that once again, it is time to cultivate our gardens–our streets, our river, our freeways, our citizens. read more >


PTF has one more event planned at the LAb, please join us this Thursday for


Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Join us at the gardenLAb for our Fall Seed Swap.

Bring seeds, envelopes, containers and trade with fellow seed enthusiasts.

To make the trading run smoothly, beforehand make a list of seeds you “HAVE to trade” and of seeds you “WANT”.

Participants will be allowed to set up personal displays of their seeds –“marketplace” version of seed swapping, whereby people negotiate individual, material exchanges with each other.

Even if you don’t have seeds, bring along barterable goods to trade instead.

When: Thursday, October 14, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: the gardenLAb experiment

art center college of design

950 south raymond, pasadena, california

Cost: FREE — Please RSVP

Please bring some healthy snacks and drinks to contribute to the “munchies



Unfortunately, attendance for events at the LAb have been pathetically sparse. JC wondered if it had to do with the imposing impersonal building and asked the question if we held the same event here at PTF would more people show. Dunno.  It’s really hard to get people to turn out for much of anything – in LA especially. I recall an acquaintance of ours who was organizing a workshop and recounted her frustrations, saying she “never worked so hard for so little.”  The LA culture really wears one down. I think it’s finally getting to us too — it’s a feeling like continually banging against a brick wall … eventually it’ll lead to a collapse from exhaustion.

On a positive note, we found out the other day that one of our Aunts has moved to progressive Ithaca NY ! One day we’d like to be a part of a similar community.


We are fast approaching the end of the year and we still have hundreds of our colorful environmentally friendly brochures which will be soon outdated (garden charts). We could use some help “getting rid of them” So if you’d like to place some out in public placesemail us. Thanks!


“If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst.” Thomas Hardy

Introduction: Planet under pressure (BBC)

How many of us can live at northern consumption levels, and what level should everyone else be expected to settle for?

How can we expect poor people to respect the environment when they need to use it to survive?

Are eco-friendly lives a luxury for the rich or a necessity for everyone? And how can we act when sizeable and sincere parts of society say we are already overcoming the problems, not being overwhelmed by them?

Why the kill-for-oil culture will collapse and die (Culture Change)

Two nation-examples that need more attention from the global U.S. media are Cuba and Argentina. Each economy lost much in the way of material consumption that supposedly marks civilized progress and prosperity.

If invention is the daughter of necessity, Cuba is proving itself to be a model child. example of urban gardens:

Sustainable Metropolis

Gardens Renew Cuba’s Urban Core

In 2002, Cubans produced 3.4 million tons of food from 35,000 hectares of urban land; in Havana, 90% of the city’s fresh produce came from local urban farms and gardens. of sustainable living:

Community Solutions

Cuba: Life After Oil (pdf file)

We look to one example, Cuba, the only country that has successfully passed through its own artificial “peak oil” Cuba is a threat to the American way of life…

The Cubans’ agrarian, low energy, cooperative lifestyle is more in line with our values than is the modern consumer society of growth, competition and consumption, based on using an ever-shrinking supply of fossil fuels.

Viva la Revolution

Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in

Cuba (Food First)

Cuba’s remarkable recovery from a food crisis brought on by the collapse of trade relations with the former Socialist Bloc and the tightening of the US trade embargo. Unable to import either food or materials needed for conventional agriculture, Cuba turned inward to self-reliance. Sustainable agriculture, organic farming, urban gardens, smaller farms, animal traction, and biological pest control are all part of the new Cuban agriculture.

Weather Report: Nice

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