Yesterday GreenUp! Solutions held a mixer, we called it an “Eat ‘n Greet” and the location was overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica just at the top of the Santa Monica Canyon. It was a beautiful 70 degree sunny day with a few clouds floating by every once in a while, just in case you were interested. The purpose of the event was to start building a community of ideas and skills in which we can share and learn to make our life and environment better.
I would like to thank the attendees for taking time out of their Sunday afternoon and for bringing some amazing healthy finger foods and fun desserts that were also quite healthy, believe it or not. In attendance was a professional composter, a purveyor of a natural skin and hair care line, various gardeners and many excellent chefs.
Composting was a popular topic. We learned the City of Los Angeles offers composting bins at a reduced cost along with courses instructing how to compost held at Griffith Park. Check the schedule of events here for the next opportunity. Inquire with your own city about them offering this type of program. If they do not then let them know you are interested. I know that I am going to take some classes on composting to help me improve my skills.
Natural cosmetics, skin and face care products was another topic of great interest to female attendees. As a male I am not supposed to have interest in this, but I am interested in preserving my skin from the effects of many years in my past when I was a life guard as a summer job in high school and college. Cupid Hayes of Cupid Care, all natural skin and hair care product lines was there to tell us, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!” I will be exploring Cupid Care’s products and report back my results.
With the rise in food prices and the safety of that food being compromised more frequently, growing your own is a high priority of many. I have been extremely pleased with my gardening experiences so far. It does not come easy to me, but with the help of community and online resources I am learn new skills and I reap the benefits, mainly by eating food from my balcony, it is priceless. Gardening will to explore old and new methods to help you grow your own even if you have very little space.
What is the main takeaway from the event. People are interested in going back to their roots and want to make their own [fill in the blank]. This is a great opportunity for me to learn even more skills from others in my community. I will be exploring the world of make your own and show you how you too can do this in your own home. Stay tuned, GreenUp! Guy.