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Celebration of homegrown food set in Culver City

October 7, 2010 | 10:17 am

Recent books and films might be inspiring more people to grow their own food or raise chickens for eggs, but there are some stops between inspiration and harvest. And that’s where HomeGrown Culver City hopes to step in.

HomeGrown celebrates backyard food gardening with workshops, vendors and exhibits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 

The day is meant to “demystify” growing food at home, said John Lyons, the organizer and a garden consultant.

“You can’t open the paper these days without seeing that something we took for granted is now poison,” Lyons said. “And people at a very deep sense feel disconnected from the food chain and feel powerless.”

The event is free, and will include hourly workshops about keeping chickens and bees, growing food, permaculture, canning and preserving and composting, among other topics. For children there will be art projects and music. Vendors will sell food and supplies for growing.

All proceeds from the day go to Beyond Shelter, which helps homeless families find permanent housing. Deborah Eden Tull, the daughter of Beyond Shelter’s president and author of the book “The Natural Kitchen,” will offer a workshop on green homes.

Everyone who attends HomeGrown is encouraged to bring nonperishable healthy food and new children’s winter clothing to donate to Beyond Shelter.

“I wanted to mix poverty and homelessness,” Lyons said. “The debate has to be expanded to people living in poorer communities.”

-- Mary MacVean

Photo credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times