Got a Shovel & Gloves? Bring ‘Em Along!

Oct 4, 2011

How can you not be enticed by an offer of “swale building.” Swale? Thank goodness for Merriam-Webster. Swale n. 1. a low-lying or depressed and often wet stretch of land.

This weekend, North East Los Angeles Transition is hosting It Takes a Village to Transition a Lawn. Over a period of four weekends, a 3,000-square-foot lawn will be transformed into a diverse natural garden. Experienced permaculturists and landscape designers will offer their knowledge of designing based on natural ecosystems, drought-tolerant planting, herb gardens and creating fruit and nut tree guilds. The finished garden at Throop Church will be the location for future workshops.

Part 1 starts this weekend (be prepared for the swale element). Volunteers and members will remove sod, create trenches and build a retaining wall using recycled pieces of sidewalk and patio concrete. The second Saturday, artist Ron Saunders will supervise construction of an interpretive “village” on site. The third and fourth weekends will continue the building of walls, swales and water lines, finishing with layers of mulch and the installing of trees and plants.

NELA Transition is looking for supplies such as mulch, cardboard, gravel and plants, as well as the use of shovels, wheelbarrows and rakes.

With members coming from Pasadena, Altadena, Highland Park and Eagle Rock, NELA emphasizes positive change through projects that increase local resilience and strengthen community connections.

It Takes a Village to Transition a Lawn
Oct. 8-9, 15, 22-23, & Nov. 5-6
Location: Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, 330 S. Los Robles Ave.
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