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San Fernando Valley Iris Society

                                                         An affiliate of the American Iris Society


Calendar of 2018 Events



Thursday, February 1st, 2018


by Elliott Kuhn


In the winter of 2012, educator and LA native Elliott Kuhn began converting a
dusty vacant plot in Panorama City into a highly productive urban farm. Nestled
in the basin of the Tujunga Wash, Cottonwood Urban Farm (CUF) uses creative
growing techniques (season extension, intercropping, succession planting) to
cultivate a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs without the use of any large
scale commercial farming equipment.
CUF provides a reliable source of locally grown produce to serve the needs of
restaurants, chefs and community members concerned with sustainability. With a deep connection
to community, education, and ecology, CUF places social responsibility first and works with several
non-profits in the Los Angeles area to facilitate the transformational process of taking food from
seed to the table.
This is an exciting time for CUF as programs and projects are in the development phase. Food, its
production and consumption and all the energy that goes into it from seed to table, is truly the
simplest platform from which we can all learn to relate to one another.
The San Fernando Valley in all of its vastness has changed much over the centuries. A once giant
flood basin for the mountains which encircle it, it has settled into the concrete grid which now
defines so much of Los Angeles. However, beneath that hardscape, the cracked curbs, and endless
strip malls sits the soil which has always made this place so great --which has always been home to
the roots of all the plants and communities which came before us. I trust that as the soil on this farm
continues to be cared for and cultivated, so to shall be the friendships and community which
continue to spread ever outward.
Come out and learn more about backyard gardening and how easy it is to grow
healthy, chemical free fruits and vegetables. I look forward to seeing you all on
February 1st. Until then, Happy Gardening.

Debbie James, Vice President and Program Chair


Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Canoga Park Women's Club,

7401 Jordan Avenue at the corner of Valerio and Jordan, 2 blocks east of Topanga Canyon Blvd, between Sherman Way

and Saticoy St. Refreshments, beginning at 7:00 pm provides an opportunity for all to socialize. At 7:30 pm a brief business

meeting is convened, followed by the evening's program.

Members and visitors are welcome.

For information call the San Fernando Valley Iris Society at 818-346-867

As usual, the plant table with lots iris rhizomes available for purchase. The plant table starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Web Links

American Iris Society:  http://www.irises.org/

AIS Region 15 website:  http://www.region15ais.org

California Garden Clubs:   http://www.californiagardenclubs.org/

Burbank-Valley Garden Club:  http://gardencentral.org/californiagc/bvgc/

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