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



Help Create a Rain Barrel Overflow Rain Garden

EVENT: Saturday, January 28 from 9:00am–3:00pm


OK, you've done the right thing and installed your rainwater barrels—so now what?
Create an adjacent Rain Garden for the overflow!

Come join your local Transition chapters and friends for this barn-raising-style work party to help support residential lawn conversions. On this project, come learn "on-the-job" as you help install a simple passive, hidden "reservoir" for rain water collection to transform this 8'x15' patch of dirt into a garden of edible CA natives.

Depending on time & number of volunteers, we will :
1. Dig the pits & sculpt berms to create our reservoir,
2. Install subsurface pipes from the rainwater tanks to increase percolation,
3. Fill the reservoir with mulch,
4. Plant trellised currants & gooseberries (Ribes spp.)
(best CA native edible for this shady understory region next to the parkway trees)
5. Celebrate!

Landscape architect John Tikotsky will be on hand to lead the troops as well as give short teach-ins on how to calculate your roof's water catching capacity and other water catchment strategies.

Water gardens provide no-cost irrigation to the homeowner while helping replenish our local aquifer and protecting our seas by capturing on-site what would have become urban street runoff.

Bring your gardening gloves, wear sturdy shoes and be ready to get dirty! Some tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite digging tools from home (Also seeking a wheelbarrow). The day includes lunch and other refreshments, some music and lots of good cheer from your local Transition groups. All volunteers of every level of expertise are welcome.

Co-hosted by Transition Mar Vista and Transition Culver City as part of their re-skilling workshop efforts and the TCC GrassUpRoots campaign.

LOCATION: 11375 Matteson Ave., LA 90066
(Includes lunch & other refreshments)

“If we want thriving landscapes, abundant food, strong communities, and sustainable economies, we can start by treasuring the rain.”
— Nate Downey, author of Harvest the Rain

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