We Always Knew Altadena Was Sustainable

May 27, 2009

We have lots of friends in Altadena who compost, grow their own fruits and vegetables, have drought-tolerant yards and shop farmers’ markets; some even keep their own chickens (including Hometown Pasadena‘s own egg farmer, Sandy Gillis) or have invested in solar panels. So it’s no surprise to hear that Altadena Heritage is going beyond the typically narrow mission of most heritage groups — which exist to save old buildings from being demolished — to help its community become more sustainable. It’s hosting a workshop on Saturday morning called Altadena: Heritage of Abundance.

kumquats-300x233Presenters will include Marcia Coppess from CofeA (the Cooperative Food Exchange of Altadena); Erik Knutsen, author of The Urban Homestead and owner of Homegrown Evolution; Patrick Reagan, the guy behind; and  Michele Zack, one of our favorite Altadena authors (and yes, there are many good ones), who will talk about her community’s green and sustainable history. Attendance is free to Altadena Heritage members; others will be asked for a $5 donation.

Altadena: Heritage of Abundance
Saturday, May 30th, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Altadena Community Center
730 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena
Reservations: 626.797.0054,

3 Responses for “We Always Knew Altadena Was Sustainable”

  1. Thanks, I’m chair of Altadena Heritage, and I just want to say what a great little you wrote, so nicely written plus all the facts!

    Mark Goldschmidt

  2. colleen says:

    And thanks to you, Mark, for taking on such a no-doubt-demanding volunteer task!

  3. Ha! Yep, what is it about those Altadeniers & their composts piles! We need to get them a decent market! HahaHoho!

    “And, living in the north of Pasadena were a people never before seen, from the back of the backcountry, a strange but seemingly wise old people, then suddenly…”



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