The PTF clan of urban homesteaders took a day off ( 7 am – 7 pm) to put on a urban sustainability display at the Earth Day LA
Some of us went down to Wilshire Blvd on bikes, public transit or cruised down in our bio burban filled with homebrewed biodiesel loaded with urban chickens, tabling display and eco goodies.
A stretch of Wilshire Blvd was closed to thru traffic as Angelinos took time off to observe “Earth Day LA/Car Free Day 2008 in Los Angeles.” The event featured musical performances by renowned singers Chris Pierce and Michael Franti, appearances by actors and environmental activists Daryl Hannah and Esai Morales, programs by and for children, and more than 100 exhibit booths.”
The place was packed with thousands of visitors – Our booth was crowded all day (even Daryl Hannah briefly dropped by the PTF booth), so we were kept very busy. Nice to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones!
PTF brought along two our bantie chickens which were a hit with young and old alike. Our chickens had to pose for some photos. In fact, folks who stopped by our booth (even coming back a few times!) said that our booth “was the best and most enlightening!” It’s great to receive such positive feedback because we put in a lot of time and effort in making our tabling and boothing interactive, inspiratinonal & educational.
In fact, the chickens got so much attention that today Ms Estella is frantically pacing the entrance to the animal enclosure. Had she briefly entertained thoughts of being “discovered” ? Could it be that she thinks she’s “missing the party” and now feels “cooped up”? Sheesh, what a spoiled chicken.
Passersby check out the toilet lid sink
Thanks to supporters and readers who stopped by – nice to have a chance to finally meet ya’ll. We even sold a few eco goods to help offset some of the cost of the booth and outreach services.
To top of such a productive day, Justin won a new TREK bike – thanks to the Bike Raffle giveaway. Justin, bike addict, was thrilled with his winnings. Sheesh, look at that grin! What’s up with this guy and bikes anyhow?
We did, however, have two unfortunate “incidents” towards the end of the day.
The first happened when taking down the exhibit we accidentally left our homemade (made from recycled wood and wild harvested sticks) PTF sign hanging on the canopy poles. We were so busy looking if we dropped anything under the tables (FYI: someone did drop a camera card, contact us if you are reading this!) that we forgot to look up! We didn’t realize it until we got home and immediately called one of the organizers and she’s put the word out. This morning, unfortunately, the sign is still MIA. I do hope we get it back! It’s not worth much, but, since it was homemade and made a few years back, it does have a lot of sentimental value.
The second was on the way home carrying a bike up the stairs of the Metro Train Station the “moose” handle bar “thingy” swung around and gave me a good shiner.
Here’s a review of PTF’s booth at the Vromans Earth Day event last Saturday
Path to Freedom had an informational booth set up, and I know they wowed a lot of people with their presentation. For those who don’t know about Path to Freedom, they are a family who purchased a house in Pasadena, and have slowly converted it into a self-sustaining urban farm, complete with crops, livestock, and several sources of renewable energy.
Thanks for the positive nod!
Don’t forget PTF will still be about and out tomorrow (Thursday) and once again Saturday at community Earth celebrations.
Happy Earth Week to all!