Pamela Berstler

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About Pamela Berstler

We are a group of people dedicated to changing the climate through landscapes using Education, Design, Communication and Transformation!

Is There Anything Living Soil Can’t Do?

Understanding the mechanisms utilized by Living Soil in sequestering carbon and holding/cleaning water. By Paula Henson Soil is that tireless friend that you can never thank nearly enough when it bails you out of a jam. Store that excess CO2 for millennia? Can do! Clean up that polluted water? Not a problem! How does soil [...]

By | January 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Is There Anything Living Soil Can’t Do?

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

To “see the forest through the trees” is a timeless idiom that simply means to be able to see the big picture, the overall patterns and outcomes at play, through all of the details. Thanks to the ground breaking work of researcher and Professor Dr. Suzanne Simard, we are able to “see” and understand the symbiotic [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Plants Suck!!! Carbon that is…

This interview with Mother Nature News and one of our Moderators, Kristin Ohlson gives a great synopsis of Kristin's Book "The Soil Will Save Us" as well as a great understanding of what is ahead of us and the future of farming. MNN: What’s the premise of the book? Kristin Ohlson: I think the big [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Plants Suck!!! Carbon that is…

Dirty Secrets of Soil: ‘Cows Save the Planet’

This is a great 15-minute clip we found on NPR with one of our moderators for the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit. "Journalist and Author Judith Schwartz profiles the work of Allan Savory, among others, in a new book called "Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth" [...]

By | December 1st, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Dirty Secrets of Soil: ‘Cows Save the Planet’

Do Trees Dream?

By Marianne Simon In a strip 4 x 8, they pile the dirt. And in the dirt they dig a hole. And in the hole they put a tree. It is a young tree, delicate limbs, thin bark, roots just beginning to spread. The box is split, the tree hauled out, and it is plopped [...]

By | November 5th, 2014|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Do Trees Dream?

Top 10 Natives or Drought Tolerant Edibles

By Violet E. Rogers  One of the most frequent questions I receive as a Urban Farmer, aside from how to remove turf, is what edibles are native or drought tolerant perennials. Rather then go to the old standbys of Rosemary, English Lavender (edible variety), or any Citrus variety.   Here are my top ten favorites that [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Blog, Class, HOWs, Turf Removal|Comments Off on Top 10 Natives or Drought Tolerant Edibles

Biggest California Friendly Garden for Midtown Ventura Community Council

This last Saturday, September 6th, was the final work day at Loma Vista School on the Coastal California Native Garden. Loma Vista was this year’s school chosen for the Midtown Ventura Community Council Adopt-A-School Program and it was the biggest project done yet. Landscape architect and G3, Green Gardens Group, Associate Brian Brodersen, along with [...]

By | October 15th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Biggest California Friendly Garden for Midtown Ventura Community Council

Question, Regarding Fungus…

We received a great question from someone who went to one of our CFLT classes this last weekend! He asked: "Question - regarding fungi:.... I had a 1/2 (opened) bag of Organic Plus (retail bag) and found large amount of white colored strands -apparently a fungus... at the end of the strands whole formed mushrooms, with [...]

By | October 15th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Question, Regarding Fungus…

Why Artificial Turf is NOT the answer

Synthetic turf, or artificial grass, is what used to be called AstroTurf. Many ask us if this is a viable option for saving water in the landscape, and our answer is a resounding 'NO'. We do not recommended artificial turf as a water conservation tool for several reasons: Artificial turf is installed over a highly [...]

By | October 15th, 2014|Blog, Turf Removal|Comments Off on Why Artificial Turf is NOT the answer

California HOAs Must Allow Watershed Wise Landscaping

http://youtu.be/hMI4Lr4LMtw Thanks to Assemblywoman Gonzales from Chula Vista, CA, the sponsor of AB 2104, signed into law today by Governor Brown, California HOAs must permanently permit property owners to convert their lawns into California Friendly (Watershed Wise) Landscapes.  HOAs had been side-stepping legislation and local ordinances designed to promote drought-tolerant landscaping that utilizes climate-appropriate plants by making [...]

By | September 18th, 2014|TerraBLOG, Video, We're In The News|Comments Off on California HOAs Must Allow Watershed Wise Landscaping