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EVENT: Tour a Local Edible Estate

Okay, today's been kind of a busy day, so I'm going to get lazy on the posting and instead forward an awesome produce-related event that is coming up. Slow Food LA is sponsoring a tour of an edible estate. The edible estate movement aims to move away from the standard ornamental front lawn that fronts most houses (if you are so lucky as to have any yard at all, or if you are not lame enough to build your McMansion right up to the property line) and to move toward utilizing front yard space for growing edible plants.

I'm jealous ... the only thing my place currently lacks to be perfect right now is its own yard, which I am allowed to grow things in. Right now all we have is a bump of grass, which is not only obsessively regulated by the landlord, but consistently destroyed by neighborhood dogs, so it's not really available for growing purposes. Anyway, if you want to hear about the project and see what a working edible estate looks like, and even get your hands dirty with the little weeding, head to the Slow Food LA page to sign up for membership.

Via Slow Food LA:

Join the Social Action Committee of Slow Food L.A. as we tour an Edible Estate with Fritz Haeg and learn about his effort to transform the American lawn as we know it:

When: Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 9:30am, 10:30am, or 11:30am (sign up for ONE time slot only)

Where: The Foti Family residence in Lakewood, California. (Because this is a private home, the street address and additional information will be available with your registration confirmation.)

Cost: The event is free, but attendance is limited to active Slow Food members/families only. Maximum of 4 people per reservation. All ages welcome!

Details:

  • Three separate tour times are available: 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am. Please sign up for a specific tour time slot so as not to create crowds, lines, backups, etc. since it will be a Sunday morning in a single family neighborhood.
  • Each tour group will consist of 15 people, maximum.
  • Each tour will be 45 minutes long.
  • Ample street parking.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Please bring your own water; no refreshments will be provided
  • No restroom facilities.

To reserve your place: Tours will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, contact Jody Donnelly at nettaxi@earthlink.net. Include the number of people in your party and specify the time slot you prefer.

We encourage you to wear sturdy shoes and to bring hat/sunglasses/ water. Bring your gardening gloves to help out with the weeding!

To learn more about Fritz Haeg, Edible Estates, and the Foti Family's
project, visit: the Edible Estates site, and the Foti Farm blog.

You may also be interested in the New York Times article about Fritz
Haeg and the Foti project, or the recent article in the Los Angeles Alternative newspaper.

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