Step Forward Day 2018 (Video)

On September 8th, 2018, the members of the Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega at Pepperdine University volunteered at Wattles Farm in Los Angeles for Pepperdine's Annual Step Forward Day. Here, we were given the opportunity to give back to the community by uprooting weeds and laying down mulch for future plant life to grow. It was a great experience being able to take a "Step Forward" into the community to help out.

NPR article on Amaranth

Why Mexican Chefs, Farmers And Activists Are Reviving The Ancient Grain Amaranth NANCY MATSUMOTO On a sunny Friday morning in San Pablo Huitzo, a town in the Valles Centrales region of Oaxaca, Mexico, a half-dozen women are gathered for a workshop on making alegrías, a healthy, granola bar-like snack made with popped amaranth seeds. Their ingredient list is short: water, honey, raisins, a form of raw cane sugar known as piloncillo, and lime juice. "The trick," explains the event's gracious host, Maria Lopez, "is to get the syrup to the right temperature" before adding the tiny orbs of amaranth, each barely bigger than a grain of coarse sand. Read the rest here...  

Toby Leaman to be honored

10th Annual Gathering of Community Gardens It’s almost time for our favorite party of the year! Let’s celebrate community gardens and all the hard work that goes in to producing organic foods, relationship-building, and community resilience! We will honor Toby Leaman for her decades of dedicated work with Metro Farms and Wattles Farm. Join us for lunch, live music, children’s activities, and a garden tour! Lunch will be provided; since this is a low-waste event, please bring your own plate, cup, and eating utensils. Admission is free but we kindly request a donation of $10 per participant to support the growing of new community gardens. On-street parking available. When: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 11:00am – 2:00pm Where: El Sereno Community Garden 5466 Huntington Drive, LA, CA 90032 RSVP: Please RSVP to or 323.942.9676  
10th Annual Gathering of Community Gardens

UCLA Volunteer Day at Wattles Farm

UCLA Luskin Lends a Hand as #BruinsGiveBack Luskin staff members, alum help out at Wattles Farm as part of UCLA Volunteer Day September 20, 2016 By Stan Paul With a little help from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a group of new Bruins has found a way to forge a new path — from day one. As thousands of Class of 2020 UCLA students fanned out across Los Angeles to more than 50 sites, 45 freshmen volunteered at Wattles Farm — a lush oasis just off L.A.’s famous Hollywood Boulevard — where they helped clean up more than 4.2 acres of pathways at the community center. read the rest here...

Wattles Wildlife

A note on recent wildlife spottings in the garden IMG_0455 20160626_101334 This is a California Striped Racer, also called a Chaparral Whipsnake.  It is not dangerous and is non-poisonous. They are seen often in the garden. "Of Southern California's 33 known native snake species, only 6 are venomous."   Also: Monarch Caterpillars! 20160410_104105_resized (1) 20160410_104013_resized (1)