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



TMVV Hub on the 6th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

EVENT DATE: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
EVENT LOCATION: 2454 Louella Ave., Venice 90292

Transition members who are also veterans of the annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will remember gathering in past years at the lovely home of Ginny and her family—where the terraced front yard is an inviting place to take a break and admire the bioswale, an abundance of edible plants, and fruit trees. We’ve always enjoyed a full day of presentations related to local sustainability initiatives like Transition Culver City and Good Karma Gardens.

Although the Matteson Ave. residence is on hiatus from the tour in 2014, Transition Mar Vista/Venice will still organize around a hub of meaningful community activity, this time in Venice at our friend Julie’s house. In addition to demonstrating the creative ways you can transform a parkway from turf to something much more interesting, this house boasts a new greywater system, a backyard full of organically grown food, and a whimsical greenhouse made from found doors and windows.

Good Karma Gardens helped prepare the property by rallying a crew of volunteers to remove the old turf from the front yard and parkway, and lay down fresh mulch and compost. In half a day, the grounds were ready to start planting mint, artichokes, and other food, along with drought-tolerant flowers for the bees and birds. “It has been wonderful!” declared homeowner Julie, who is also founder of the Learning Garden and a veteran Good Karma Gardener herself. “The whole process of going more sustainable has brought more community, creativity, and awareness into my life.”

Ginny’s house sits right on the border between Mar Vista and Culver City, while Julie’s straddles Mar Vista and Venice. We feel like this coincidence nicely symbolizes the extent to which the Transition movement in our area embraces opportunities to share resources and cross-pollinate ideas. We hope visitors making the rounds on the Showcase will stop by our hub for a day of exciting, informational, and interactive talks, for great community conversation, togetherness, and homemade treats.

The tentative topics and schedule are:
  • 10:00–10:30 Sacred Earth Community Salon
  • 10:30–11:00 Good Karma Gardens Pay-It-Forward Edible Gardens
  • 11:00–11:30 Little Free Library Nationwide Movement: Take a Book, Leave a Book
  • 11:30–12:00 Creative Repurposing and Upcycling for Home and Garden
  • 12:00–12:30 Westside Produce Exchange
  • 12:30–1:00 What Is Transition?
  • 1:00–1:30 Greywater and Water Harvesting
  • 1:30–2:00 Maintaining Worm Bins
  • 2:00–2:30 Making Kimchi and Sauerkraut
  • 2:30–3:00 Beyond Cash Economies with Our Time Bank
  • 3:00–3:30 Home Grown Gardens at Your Service
  • 3:30–4:00 The Miracle of Compost Tea


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