But first, a few non-Big Green notices…
Grow LA Victory Garden Classes (UC Cooperative Extension of LA County) start in September and continue through the fall. Classes are available both online and hybrid–and available in English and Spanish! There are many courses throughout the county with various start dates. You can learn more on the county’s Grow LA website. $55 for four courses or $25 for those who cannot afford the total price. Registration is required. Classes fill up quickly!
LA County Events in September
The following events pertain to gardening, the environment, youth STEAM, food, or nutrition and are free to the public unless expressly stated.
- LA Made: Guelaguetza Restaurant + LA Taco [LAPL]. Thursday, September 2 @ 4:00 pm, streamed live. “Join Bricia Lopez from the award-winning restaurant Guelaguetza in conversation with Javier Cabral, editor of the popular website L.A. Taco. They’ll be talking, Oaxacan food, taco culture, Koreatown, women-owned restaurants, James Beard awards, and of course mole.” Learn more here.
- Introducción al cultivo de fresas en casa /Growing Strawberries at Home [UCCE Master Gardeners of San Bernadino Co]. Thursday, September 9. Advanced registration is required.
- LA Native Flower Crafts [Easy Mornings @ Grand Park]. Saturdays, September 11, 18, and 25 @ 10 am – 1 pm. Learn more here.
- Ask a Master Gardener and Short Presentations [UCCEE Master Gardeners of San Bernadino Co]. Sunday, September 12 @ 11 am. Advanced registration is required. Learn more here.
- 11:00 am: “Kitchen Scrap Gardening” & “Succession Planting”
- 12:00 pm: “Vermicomposting”
- 12:30 pm: “Food Preservation“ Master Food Preservers will be joining us this month too, so bring your food preservation questions too!
- Santa Barbara Farm Day [SEEAG]. Saturday, September 18 @ 10 am – 3 pm. In person, at 15 sites throughout Santa Barbara County. Certain farms require advanced registration. “You can explore everything from berry fields to livestock ranches to wineries, all while learning about Santa Barbara County’s rich agricultural bounty, directly from the people who help grow it!” Learn more here.
- The Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is Saturday, September 18. You can visit Smithsonian-affiliate museums for free by requesting your tickets in advance. Tickets are limited. Learn more here. Area museums of interest include:
- California Agriculture in the Classroom Virtual Conference [CA Foundation for Ag in the Classroom]. September 24 and 25. This conference is free but registration is required. Learn more here.
- La Princesa Zanahoria (The Carrot Princess) [LAPL]. Friday, September 24 @ 9 am, streamed live as part of the LA Libros Fest. “La autora Paulina Jara nos contará esta divertida historia de amor entre verduras. Un cuento diferente que invita a jugar con el lenguaje y a recrearse con las rimas.” The author, Paulina Jara, will read her story about love between veggies. Learn more here.
- Food For Thought: Mindful Meals for Youth [Long Beach Fresh]. Friday, September 24 @ 4 – 5:30 pm, in person. Advanced registration is required. “Local parents, youth, nutrition experts, farmers and chefs come together to discuss the ways that youth are becoming more mindful of food and nutrition. Topics addressed include youth nutrition, school food improvements, garden learning, plant based food, and mindfulness practices in a hurried society.” Learn more here.
- National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 25th. Many sites will host volunteer days but you can also visit national parks and other public lands for free! Learn more here.
- September Dog Walking Day [South Coast Botanical Gardens]. Sunday, September 26 in Palos Verdes. $15 for adults, $11 for seniors, $5 for children, $5 per dog, and free for members. “During our Special Dog-Walking Hours, you’re invited to bring your four-legged friends to the Garden for a stroll throughout 87 acres.” Learn more here.
- Landscaping for Wildfire Resiliency [Community Nature Connection]. Thursday, September 30 @ 12 – 1 pm, online. Advanced registration is required. “This program will introduce you to the basics of wildfire in southern California through the lens of California native plants and offer easy actions you can take to create and maintain a beautiful landscape that is both resilient and habitat rich.” Learn more here.
- Farmers regreen Kenya’s drylands with agroforestry [Mongabay]. August 26, 2021.
- Fighting Climate Change Through Farming [NRDC]. August 12, 2021.
- Higher Temperatures, Less Oversight. Why California Workers Are At Growing Risk In The Climate Emergency [LAist]. August 25, 2021.