Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!


HELLO! We invite you to explore the resources and links posted here. For information about Transition Mar Vista/Venice's events, please check (and like!) our Facebook page:


Good Karma Garden Project: Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange: One Saturday per month
To join and find out the date of the next exchange,

Our Time Bank: Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details and date of next potluck

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Check Sivananda's Web site for class
schedule and special events


The Guerrila Gardener
Our friends at the Argonaut spotlight Sunshine Partnerships
and other urban farmers

Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film
about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary
about TMV/V



Urban Regenerative Design and Permaculture Practicum

Four-day intensive hands-on Permaculture Design Workshop

Four Saturdays: May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22

Instructor: David Kahn

Includes: tour of a model urban farm, lectures, hands-on projects, presentations, group discussions and networking.

We will cover Permaculture design theory & practice, food forest gardening, perennial food systems, plant propagation, efficient water & energy systems, fertility management - beneficial plants/healthy soils, natural building and ecological systems as a model for human communities.

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In a world out of balance, we are all looking for solutions that can lead to:

  • Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments
  • Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility
  • Retrofitting techniques for an existing house or property that result in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants
  • Intelligent, thoughtful design principles to build sustainable lives, and sustainable communities in a world facing peak oil and climate change.

You will learn how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment - whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.

This course offers practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. We will cover organic food production, system design (and re-design) for comfort and lower energy consumption, and how to build a positive and sustainable community in your

It is jam-packed with essential knowledge, useful techniques, a site visit to Edendale Farm, an urban farm and community food center and enough information to get you all fired up to be the change you want to see in this world.

Day 1 $
Day 2 $60
Day 3 $60
Day 4 $60

$ 180 all four days

Reservations and Information: Contact Vidya Chaitanya from Transition Mar Vista/Venice at or call 310 306 0246

Saturday, May 1 from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm: Introduction to Permaculture definitions, principles, philosophy and ethics. First session meets at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 South Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City.

Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm:
Tour of Edendale Farm CSA & Learning Center - break into teams and assign projects in the following areas: grey water recycling; solar shower building; rainwater harvesting; planting; transplanting; building; soil testing; irrigation; animal husbandry; building with earth; composting. Edendale Farm is located at 2151 Moreno Drive in Silverlake.

Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm: Hands-on project presentation to continue at Edendale Farm.

Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm: Final Presentations, feedback, looking ahead. Meet at Edendale Farm.

What to bring on Days 2, 3 and 4:

  • work clothes: boots, gloves sunglasses, hat,
  • sun screen
  • reusable water bottle
  • snacks if you need them
  • potluck lunch dish to share
  • your own dishes and cutlery

About the teacher:
About the farm:

Recommended reading:

Permaculture A Design Manual by Bill Mollison
Permaculture Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by RoseMary Morrow

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