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Mindshare LA Summer Sessions / Urban Homesteading: Power to the Maker! Tuesday, August 21st

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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Mindshare LA Summer Sessions:

Urban Homesteading: Power to the Maker

Tuesday, August 21st

Salvage Bar717 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward. 

― Patricia Sampson 

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7pm / Doors & Happy Hour

Mix and mingle with the most exciting minds of LA and enjoy music, bar food and a full bar! Happy Hour starts at 7pm. 



8:30pm / Content Includes



MC, Urban Homesteading: Power to the Maker!
Douglas Campbell / Co-Founder & Curator, Mindshare LA

Getting back to the pleasures of a DIY lifestyle, without having to flee the city limits, is what urban homesteading is all about. This Mindshare salon will hook attendees back up to the natural world. Baking your own bread and feeding the chickens isn't just for grandma's house anymore. Step away from your computer, put down the remote, and say hello to your new tomato crop - cuz it's about to get messy.

Douglas is a community constructor, experience engineer and tuxedo traveler. He co-founded Mindshare LA in 2006 as well as the interactive collective Syyn Labs in 2009. He likes volunteering at an organic farm and wearing tuxedos for charitable escapades.


Let Your Land Be Productive Again - The Easy Way
Lara Hermanson / Urban Farm Consultant, Farmscape Gardens

Homegrown food tastes better, plain and simple. Angelenos of past were well aware of this, for LA has a richer agricultural history than most are aware. But you can transform it back to an urban oasis. Farmscape, the largest urban farming company in California, understands that the future of food is small and local...really local... like right from your backyard. Urban Farm Consultant Lara Hermanson discusses the process of bringing agriculture back to a city in love with freeways and strip malls.

A lifelong gardener, Lara began working on organic farms in 2007 before joining Farmscape in 2010. After serving as the San Fernando Valley Farmer and taking care of up 30 plots a week, she became a consultant focusing on the design and sales of urban homesteads. Her favorite vegetable is broccoli, and her favorite cabbage looper is a dead cabbage looper.


Ferment Your Way to Better Soil
Michelle Rainville / Co-Founder and Educator, Mobokashi

Good soil is happy, vibrant and a major building block for life on Earth. Sometimes, however, your soil is pretty much lifeless dirt. Beneficial microorganisms can bring your soil back to life making it possible that you can grow your own food. You can bring your soil to life by introducing the right kind of beneficial and synergistic microbes. Mobokashi is a local voice of bokashi composting and provider of bokashi innoculated material, education and training. Co-Founder and consultant Michelle Rainville discusses why compost, some of the history of the method, and what fermenting can do for your compost and soil.

Michelle has been fascinated by fermenting since her first bit of yogurt (and her first sip of wine). A lifelong gardener and cook, she (and her husband and co-founder, Mark) started researching a way to compost almost anything inside their apartment since moving back to Los Angeles in 2010. After keeping over 900 pounds of waste from the landfill, Michelle was inspired to spread the word, educating others about the simplicity of the process, ease of use, and results. Healthy carrots and legions of tomatoes don’t lie. Her favorite bucket is a full bucket, her favorite vegetable is Lacinto Kale, and her favorite Harlequin bug is a dead harlequin bug.


Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles
Susan Rudnicki / Head of Education, Backwards Beekeepers

The city is the last refuge for the honey bee. Its backywards are free of pesticides, there is pollen available year round, and thanks to some urban beekeepers, they are finding very comfy homes. In recent years, the sudden deaths of entire colonies of bees, leaving behind empty hives, has become a major problem for beekeepers. But, as Susan tells us, the phenomenon affects the world of industrialized beekeeping more so than those who keep bees in their backyards. You too can help maintain the balance of nature, and have a constant stream of fresh honey, right outside your kitchen window.

Susan Rudnicki is a bee enthusiast and a keeper of four hives at her home in Manhattan Beach. She heads up education for Backwards Beekeepers, who are a group of organic, treatment-free beekeepers in Los Angeles. They're "Backwards" because they rely on observation and natural practices to keep their bees thriving rather than pesticides, chemicals, or treatments of any kind. They are continually growing as more and more people discover the enjoyment and worth of encouraging LA's native feral bee population. Their goal is to do right by the bees so that the bees can return the favor. Susan's home also plays host to chickens, ducks, and an abundant organic vegetable garden. You can catch her playing violin in the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony.

9:30pm - Late / Music & Networking & Art!

Stay for the good people, stocked bar and music!

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Meet the bees and see all you can do with a hive! Play around with Farmscape's new roofing materials!

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Constructed of reclaimed materials from the Roosevelt Residences (what charm!), Salvage is the recently opened Downtown haunt with Carrara marble slabs and windows from the 20s. Plus, there's a full bar sporting specialty creative cocktails and a delicious bar menu to tickle the taste buds on their covered patio, where the Roosevelt Ghost may make a guest appearance.







The Bar serves simple but good bar food. Check out the menu here...



Salvage Bar, 717 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The 7th Street / Metro Center Station is also right on the corner (Purple & Red Lines)

Make sure to check that your lot stays open late! There are many public lots in the a two block radius. Here are a few, or find more here:
$5, $6 - Hope St between 7th and 8th
$7, $8, $9 - Flower St between 7th and 8th
$9 - Wilshre Blvd at Grand

ALSO: Yellow parking zones are legal after 6pm.

NOT recommended: any lot between north of 7th and west of Grand is insanely expensive ($13-$45), so stay away unless you want to valet.


Mindshare LA holds monthly workshops, salons and movie screenings that gather ~1000 Angelenos for evenings of inspiration and interaction. Our main event held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month includes live music, games, art and a curated program of short, eclectic presentations. Over the years Mindshare has become a mecca for intellectuals, artists, scientists and other progressive characters to meet, broaden their perspective and expand their networks.


Mindshare's ballooning popularity is emblematic of generation steeped in chaos and an unabashed need for personal fulfillment. If you ever come to LA, come to Mindshare.

--Fast Company

If you haven't been to a Mindshare LA event, you haven't seen Angelenos at their eclectic best.


A forward-thinking cultural salon. New ideas flow as liberally as the alcohol.

--Brand X

This is what it would be like if the internet jumped out of the box and grabbed your arm for a trip into Alice's Wonderland of ideas and madmen.

--KCET Online (LA PBS affiliate)

A forum for human technology in its most literal form - shared knowledge. Fueled by fancy pastries, an exceptionally well-stocked open bar and a room abuzz with stylish people.

--LA Weekly


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Salvage Bar
717 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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Mindshare LA holds monthly workshops, salons and movie screenings that gather hundreds of Angelenos for evenings of inspiration and interaction. Our most popular salon-style events include short eclectic presentations, live music and interactive installations. Since 2006, Mindshare has hosted over 150 events and become a mecca for intellectuals, artists, scientists and other forward thinking characters looking for inspiration and connection across this vast city. 

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