Save the Date: Lessons in guerilla gardening and place making

Traffic median corn field

By Becky Koppenhaver

Offended by ecological ruin? Feel trapped by the urban grid? Ready to creatively engage with community and the landscape? Then come out to Lincoln Heights on Thursday, Sept. 29  to explore ways to repair and transform your community by making public spaces into community- oriented environments.

Permaculturists (folks who interested in sustainable agriculture and gardening)  and local activists Marisha Auerbach and Mark Lakeman will hold a “Community Place Making Workshop-An Intro to Place-Making, Natural Building and Guerilla Gardening” at HM157 in Lincoln Heights.

A little about what to expect:

Breaking the rules and reclaiming city property to put community first, City Repair builds spaces that provide a community meeting point for all to enjoy. Now City Repair is taking its show on the road to multicultural communities like LA’s own Lincoln Heights. Ambassadors of change, Mark Lakeman & Marisha Auerbach, will teach first about the theoretical side of natural building and place making from 10-Noon, breaking for a one hour lunch at El Huarachito, a block away, then come back for implementation, building, cobbing and guerilla gardening for 2 hours.

Together, the group will build a two-sided bench along the street, one side facing a large community bulletin board, and the other facing the N Broadway, to watch parades go by and for locals to congregate in comfort and harmony with nature in the urban setting. Attendees will learn how to transform any piece of dirt or pavement into a Community-Destination-Connection Station.

Several examples of City Repair’s accomplishments can be seen throughout Portland Oregon, where among other projects, the groups many dedicated community volunteers have created several large scale street intersection murals throughout the city, and a T-Horse Mobile Tea House, which travels to different Portland neighborhoods, serving up tea while providing a comfortable space where neighbors can congregate and bond.

The workshop will take place  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, . at the Historical Monument #157,  a cool, eclectic Victorian on North Broadway that has become a  center of the Lincoln Heights art community.

Workshop fee $15 sliding scale suggested donation RSVP: (562)895-9399 or mailto:mailtohmonefiftyseven@gmail.com

Visit The Eastsider’s Save the Date calender for more events and things to do.

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  1. this is great! i hope more people get into this idea.

    i’ve thrown my hand at guerrilla gardening in the past and would love to see move folks get into it!!

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