April 3, 2019

Open Silo Dispatch

The season for pollination...

1. Open Silo Happy Hour  |  April 4

Tomorrow (April 4th) we are hosting the Open Silo Happy Hour at The Congregation Ale House in Pasadena! We will be co-hosting with the Garden School Foundation, and organization who run educational garden programs in schools from Altadena to Compton to Mar Vista. Folks from GSF will be at the happy hour to share more about their work. 

No matter what your field of work, study, or interest, we want to meet you! All who are passionate about urban agriculture or food issues are welcome. Bring a friend or colleague along. Dress is casual. Come anytime after 6 pm!

About Garden School Foundation

The Garden School Foundation provides garden-based education to youth at Title I schools in Los Angeles, strengthening connections between food justice, environmental awareness, and community health. By using school gardens as transformative teaching sites, they nurture a healthy and mindful generation of children that care for their bodies, their communities, and the earth. Their unique Seed to Table curriculum of gardening and nutritional cooking classes was developed at their flagship site, 24th Street Elementary School in South LA. The Foundation currently serves seven elementary schools and 3,000 students throughout LA County.  

If you can't make it the Happy Hour to meet the Garden School Foundation folks but want to learn more or volunteer, check out their website for more info and opportunities. 

2. Community Hive-Raising

It's a real treat to enjoy honey that is made from bees that live in your neighborhood. Fortunately we have a local beekeeper in Los Angeles that lets us do just that. Buzzed Honeys is the operation of David Bock and his family. They offer bee rescue services as well as delicious honeys from various locations in Los Angeles and Southern California, and each jar is labeled with the neighborhood or region of origin. 

Sadly, while our intense winter rains were beneficial for our plants and watershed, they caused a mudslide in Mt. Washington, which is the center of David's family operation. The mudslide destroyed 35 beehives as well as other equipment. This is not just a matter of a local farmer losing some hardware, it's also the loss of homes for thousands of bees who do the hard work of pollinating our farms and gardens. 

Please join me in pitching in to David's GoFundMe campaign and help get these LA hives back in action.

Here is the pitch from the campaign page:

It’s been pouring rain in Los Angeles since January, so local bees and beekeepers (like us) are preparing for a bumper crop of flowers and honey this Spring. Unfortunately, our main apiary was flooded by a freak mudslide in February, destroying most of our hives. My kids and I started keeping bees and rescuing swarms back in 2011. Since then, we have grown our hobby into a business called Buzzed Honeys. We remove colonies of bees from trees and people's homes, install them in hives, and sell their extra honey to finance the operation. At least, until this happened:

This disaster claimed 35 strong beehives, plus a lot of frames, hive boxes and other equipment. These are (were) some of the feral honeybees we rescued, plus colonies that other bee removers have given to us. They were all hardy, varroa-hygienic survivor stock and productive honey makers. Due to the flood, our bees we won't be producing nearly as much local honey this year as we planned. In short, this disaster is both a muddy and financial mess.

Now we are looking for some support to rebuild this yard. 

Once the area dries out we will clean up, dig out, purchase new hive equipment, and get back to the job of rescuing and housing homeless bees.

Thanks in advance to all beekeepers and bee lovers for your help,
Buzzed Honeys

3. The Farmers Beet
You know I love a good pun and I love a good podcast, and both of these are brought to us by CAFF, Community Alliance with Family Farmers in the form of The Farmers Beet. This is a new podcast with an interview format, highlighting small-scale farmers "throughout California" (but really only Northern California. For now. Let's cut 'em a break.). I've listened to a few episodes and they are a great mix of personal stories and professional tips. The Farmers Beet is funded by the National Farmer's Union Local Food Safety Collaborative, so they always cover an aspect of food safety and creative ways that the farmers have found to meet state requirements and keep their customers happy.

Check out their podcast on your favorite pod platform, or browse their show notes online. Happy listening!  
4. Jobs & Internships

Farmers’ Market Promoter  |  SEE-LA

Weekend Field Support/Driver  |  Food Forward

Senior Director of Operations  |  Food Forward

Events & Partnerships Manager  |  Food Forward

Development Administrative Assistant  |  Food Forward

City Seedlings Summer Intern 2019  |  Garden School Foundation

Garden School Foundation is currently accepting applications for our Summer 2019 Internship. GSF’s Summer Internship is a unique fusion of gardening and teaching. Summer interns work in the garden and serve as Camp Counselors at our 2 week long City Seedlings Summer Camp. As a camp counselor at our City Seedlings Summer Camp, you will manage a small group of campers and help lead a variety of fun camp activities, including cooking classes, science experiments, and garden explorations. After summer camp ends,  you will work closely with our Garden Manager to learn how to maintain an urban, organic garden; complete garden projects that enhance learning opportunities; and assist with the care of our beautiful and functional garden classrooms, greenhouse and themed garden spaces.  Internships begin June 13th, 2019 and end in early August (end date is flexible). Internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to arrange academic credit. For more information about interning with Garden School Foundation, please email Elizabeth Hall at

As a City Seedlings Summer 2019 Intern, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about organic gardening in an urban setting which includes: fruit tree care, integrated pest management practices, seed starting, plant propagation, crop rotation and of course, various composting techniques.
  • Discover and play with various gardening philosophies ranging from biodynamic practices to lasagna garden building.
  • Gain experience on how a solar-powered greenhouse is operated.
  • Have hands-on, practical experience in soil building for healthy crops.
  • Meet and work with leaders in the Southern California urban agriculture and the garden-based education movement.
  • Design and complete a project of your choosing whether that’s running an after-school art club or planting in a freshly built hugelkulture.  
  • Work closely with a diverse group of adults and children in an outdoor, garden setting
Location: 24th Street Elementary School (2055 W 24th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018)
Schedule: Interns will work Monday to Friday from 8am to 3 pm during our 2 week summer camp from June 17-21 and June 24-28, 2019. In July interns work 1-2 days in the garden from 8am to 3pm.


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