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



The True Cost of Your Cup of Coffee: Talk to Local Barista Bailey

DATE: Sunday, April 28, 2:00–4:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

At the farmers market, you can meet the farmers who grew your carrots, talk to them about their growing practices, and feel confident that your food dollars are going directly to the farm. But the path coffee travels from farm to cup is much more mysterious. How can you feel good about the businesses you’re supporting with your coffee dollars, and ensure that farmers thousands of miles away are receiving their fair share?

Most U.S. coffee drinkers have little concept of where their money goes after they order their artfully brewed cappuccino. Coffee is primarily grown in countries that have developing economies, and it is primarily consumed in countries that have developed economies—which sometimes presents moral dilemmas. The United States is the world’s top consumer of coffee (more than 400 million cups of coffee every day), while the majority of coffee is grown in equatorial countries, with Brazil, Vietnam, Columbia, and Indonesia as the largest producers.

In terms of straight out-of-pocket expense for the consumer, cups of espresso-based drinks often cost about $4.00. However, there is more to the price tag than just the cost to the consumer. According to the online encyclopedia, approximately 6.5 million trees are used each year to make 16 billion paper coffee cups used by Americans. They report that the standard polyethylene coating used to prevent leaks, “as the cups decompose…releases methane.”

Therefore, if you are one of the millions of Americans who drink coffee in one of these 16 billion paper cups, the cost of your cup of coffee is a bit more significant. Your cup of coffee represents extravagant deforestation and coupled with the release of a pollutant more potent than carbon dioxide. As a natural sponge for the world’s pollutants, forests absorb methane, but they can be crippled in their sponging function by deforestation.
So the cost of a morning cup of coffee is higher than what seems like an exorbitant mark-up by your local Starbucks, it is a part of the environmental degradation that we are all part of.

Come and join the discussion with local barista Bailey from Venice Grind, who is passionate about serving a sustainable cup of coffee.