“Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party

Apr 15, 2015

PCGC_eThe Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy is delighted to be chosen as the “charity partner” by Orchard Supply Hardware, which is having a grand re-opening at its location in South Pasadena on April 25th.

During the morning ceremony, PCGC will receive a $5,000 donation to continue its commitment to community gardens and nutrition education, as well as its efforts to offset in Northwest Pasadena what the City’s Health Department calls “food deserts” where 18,000 people live under the poverty line.

A trowel in each hand means better living for all Pasadenans: A sustainable network of community gardens throughout northwest Pasadena—gardens to serve as sources of healthful fruits and vegetables, as well as centers for learning to strengthen our bodies, create cleaner air and water, and build a greener city for us all. (PCGC)

The Villa Parke Community Garden, which opened in 2014, is a 2nd-story roof garden with 30 raised bed plots.








CA Assembly Member Chris Holden; courtesy photo

CA Assembly Member Chris Holden; courtesy photo



A first floor enclosed garden has been created for children in Head Start.






At the community garden’s opening, Mayor Bill Bogaard gave thanks to PCGC, “an organization that has made a big mark in a short history on our community due to the elegance of its mission and the distinguished and capable character of its board of directors.”


Mayor Bogaard


Initial funds raised have been used to retain a master gardener to teach gardening skills to 110 northwest Pasadena families. Additionally, certified a nutritionist teaches weekly classes on cooking, diet, and nutrition.


PCGC's nutritional education program; courtesy photo

PCGC’s nutritional education program; courtesy photo


On May 8th, PCGC will host it’s annual “Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party at the 1921 historic C. F. Braun estate in San Marino. This home was designed by Sylvanus Marston and, later, George S. Kaufman.

Trendy Westside caterer Heirloom L.A. will make its Pasadena fundraiser debut at this event. Heirloom L.A., which invented the gourmet cupcake and operates a gourmet food truck on Tuesday evenings outside Everson Royce’s wine store on North Raymond Ave., serves some of Los Angeles’s  finest locally-sourced, sustainable modern California cuisine. Its chef, Matt Poley, is so conscientious about the quality of the food Heirloom L.A. serves that he employs a Food Sourcing Manager, who continually visits local farms to find new producers. (Official text)




Heirloom L.A. made its name initially with the “lasagna cupcake,” which is still on the menu with flavors such as baby artichoke, wild mushroom, farmer’s market vegetable, heirloom tomato and basil, pumpkin/brown butter/sage, and cheddar mac ‘n cheese. Co-owners Matt Poley and Tara Maxey “believe healthy eating is a right, not a privilege” and work with many nonprofit organizations, teaching classes, endorsing environmental research and food labeling, as well as mentoring, coaching, and hiring today’s youth.




“Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party
Friday, May 8th, 5:30-8 p.m.
C.F. Braun estate, 1025 Oak Grove Ave., San Marino 91108
Tickets: $125, purchase here
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Where the Conservancy’s Funds Will be Spent at the Villa-Parke Community Garden

PCGC’s funding pledge – $100,000 over five years, or $20,000 annually – supports a University of California-certified Master Gardener to teach gardening to 30 families who will have individual plots in the roof garden, and 80 pupils who will learn to garden in the first-floor Head Start garden. In addition, our funds will support a certified Nutritionist to teach cooking, diet, and nutrition classes to the community garden and to the Head Start families.




How the Conservancy ‘Sprouted’ In Pasadena

PCGC is a “homegrown” donor collective begun by more than 30 avid gardeners as a fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation in June 2012, after Dr. Eric G. Walsh MD, Pasadena’s Public Health Director, produced a study, the Pasadena/Altadena 2012 Quality of Life Index*, spelling out the health conditions and outcomes facing the more than 18,000 residents of Northwest Pasadena living below the poverty line. [*Study is available on our website.]






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