Earth Day LA

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!

City Chicks: Lucie & Estella

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.

American Idol?

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.

Path to Freedom’s booth

Urban pioneer girl, Jordanne, holds Lucie so that kids can pet the chicken

Urban farmer and homesteader, Jules, show off some nifty eco goods

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.

Booth Review

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!

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  1. LaVonne says:

    Since you’re good about taking requests, I would like to request a pic of your shiner!

  2. Anne says:

    I am so sorry you got hurt and lost your sign (hopefully only temporarily!) but I am so glad that you were able to reach so many people and plant seeds of sustainability! What an awesome day! May your outreach be blessed tomorrow and Saturday as well!

  3. Susan says:

    Looks like a fun day. I wish I could have been there. Justin, congratulations on winning the bike!

  4. Beany says:

    Sorry about you getting hurt. 🙁

    I had a low impact day on Earth Day. Went to work and went home and didn’t turn on any electricity. Just lit candles and had dinner then went to bed.

  5. myste says:

    your booth was definitely the best! i was so happy to get to see your chickens and meet/speak briefly with Justin about the homestead and seeds.

    you really can tell that the chickens are “happy”. they were friendly and obviously very comfortable with Jordanne who was doing an such a great job introducing Lucie to passerbys. it made my day to see how committed you all are to outreach and sharing your vision with the LA public!

  6. David says:

    HIGH FIVE to Justin’s winning a HPV, he’s a bike magnate,lol.

    Thats a problem I have sometimes as well, carrying bike, & handle bars come round & wack me on my helmut/temple or so far gently near eye. There must be an add on or invention that locks hb’s/forks in a straight position, as usually hand(s) is busy w/ something when hb’s are swinging round.

    Biked as usual Earth Day to community garden to transplant eggplant & some matoes & basil & helping other gardeners, after working on my projects w/ hand powered tools.

    BTW no pics of shiners, but of more shining veges & fruits. The last one pictured as kids was more than nough :).

  7. Anais says:

    Hi Lavonne

    I’ve been razzed all week about my shiner! 😉 With jokes like “do you want a matched pair” Or “so are you going Goth?” Yeah, really!

    Fortunately the handle missed my eye and hit the sensitive bone area right under my eye. It’s still a little black and blue and purple and still a bit sore and slightly puffy. But I’m fine!

  8. Anais says:

    Greetings Myste

    Thanks for dropping by our booth and for the positive comments (make all our hard work worthwhile!) Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you… or did I? I sorta start to zone out when there’s so many people!

    Thanks again for dropping by. Justin says he remembers chatting with you — so at least one of us has a good memory! 😉

  9. Anais says:

    Hi Anne!

    Thanks for your concern and encouraging comments.

    Unfortunately, still no sign of the sign! I am more bummed about loosing the sign than my “injury” My eye will/is healing, but really can’t replicate that sign by Saturday! I am pretty bummed and upset – why would someone throw it away? I can’t believe we all missed it. Guess it just was too long a day without a decent meal…

  10. Anais says:

    Justin was tickled pink about winning that bike. Best $4.00 he spent for two raffle tickets.

    I didn’t know he bought the raffle tickets. I was at the booth taking down the display (yeah and missed the sign – darn, darn, darn) when I heard Justin’s name being called. I was like “what?” and then saw Justin steak off to the stage like lightening! I wondered what he won…. Jordanne came to tell me it was BIKE! Lucky stiff.

  11. myste says:

    Hello Anais, I didn’t get to meet you or Jordanne, there was sort of a line of people waiting to talk to all of you (you were Earth Day celebrities!) and I was with my co-workers who were on their way back to the office, otherwise I would have definitely waited so that I could meet all of you. I will try to come round again next time there is an event and meet you and say hello.

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