Last Saturday, in the late afternoon just as the sun reached magic hour, I attended the Pollination Party sponsored by fellow backward beekeepers Chelsea and Rob of Honey Love.
“When neighborhoods are transformed into gardens, numerous social problems are resolved: crime decreases, community and family bonds are strengthened. Gardens are places of beauty and spiritual solace, which bring happiness to those suffering from stress and emotional difficulties. By transforming our cities into living pharmacies and sources of nourishment, the root causes of sickness can be alleviated.” ~David Crow
Looking at the garden ten years from when it began is a glorious testament to what is possible even within the confides of the unified school district. The Learning Garden is located on Venice Blvd. at Walgrove between the 405 Fwy and the Pacific ocean. The power of vision combined with many helping hands is transformational as seen in the virtual tour at The Learning Garden website.
Within this garden honey bees coexist with humans in a 60,000 square foot, totally organic space where no pesticides are used. All the needs of the garden are taken care of by the garden within a closed looped, meaning no soil amendments, fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. All the garden needs are produced by the garden itself in a self sustaining system. The site is even home SLOLA to the seed library of Los Angeles.
David King, another fellow backwards beekeeper, is the garden master and can be found there almost everyday. David led us on a comprehensive tour which included treats for the mind, soul, eyes, nose and mouth.
David King is the one with the hat, Chelsea and Rob McFarland are at the end on the right. Photo by Ashley Fontenot.The Learning Garden
Most the photos were taken by me with my new Canon Rebel, the others were taken by Ashley Fontenot.
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