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San Luis Obispo Visiting Bioneer

Press Release from Central Coast Bioneers:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    September 06, 2011

International thought leader asks,What if every act of design and construction made the world a better place?”

Public invited to attend.

Green building expert Jason McLennan to present in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo—Jason McLennan will be in San Luis Obispo on Friday, October 14, 2011 to discuss concepts from his fascinating new book, “Zugunruhe,” and share powerful examples of ‘Living Buildings’ emerging around the US and Canada. Members of the public are invited to attend. The event is a benefit for California Central Coast Chapter U.S. Green Building Council and Central Coast Bioneers.

McLennan was recently named one of the top 40 under 40 most influential individuals in the design and construction field by Building Design and Construction magazine. He is presenting as a featured speaker at the annual Central Coast Bioneers conference, produced by local non-profit Ecologistics, Inc.

Location: SLO Vet’s Hall (801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401)

Sponsored by: Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, the Hearst Lecture Series at Cal Poly, and Solarponics

Event Details:

  • Reception: 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Lecture: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Book Signing: 8:30pm – 9pm (Mr. McLennan will sign two of his books, “Zugunruhe” and “The Philosophy of Sustainable Design”.)


  • Reception and lecture $45 (benefit for California Central Coast Chapter U.S. Green Building Council and Central Coast Bioneers)
  • Lecture only, $20
  • Students: $4
  • Please register in advance
  • Free for Bioneers Conference Total Immersion Pass Holders

Register online at https://register.ecologistics.org or call (805) 548-0597for mail-in/fax-in registration form.

“What if every act of design and construction made the world a better place?”

Cage-Free Hen and Chicks

We love most every kind of succulent, and why not–they’re beautiful, drought-resistant, and if your conditions are right, they produce elegant little flowers. One of our favorite succulents is Echeveria. Thick, succulent leaves appear as petals in loose, concentric rings or rosettes. Echeveria thrive in the garden and are easy to grow. So easy to grow that they’re often called Hen and Chicks due to the abundance of small offsets (chicks) that the mature plant (hen) produces. The “chicks” are stunning in dish gardens for your home or to pot and give as elegant gifts to friends.

You’ll find echeveria in a kaleidoscope of unique leaf shapes, colors and textures. The leaf colors range from green to blue, purple to pink and even gray. In early summer you’ll find delicate bell-shaped flowers on pink stems; in winter, you’ll notice your Echeveria emerging for its seasonal drink.
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San Luis Obispo’s Fall 2011 Home Show

San Luis Obispo County, where will you be this weekend?? Feel like a little renovating? Visit our booth at the Fall 2011 Home Show at the Madonna Expo Center, this Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th.

Maybe friends have asked about the landscape we installed for you, or perhaps you’ve seen our signs in your neighborhood. We’ll be there Saturday 10:00-5:00 and Sunday 10:00-4:00 to answer your questions and introduce you to our crew. Stop by and say hello!

Contain Your Compost!

How to make your neighbors love you
Containers, containers, containers, so many to choose from. They’re usually designed either as an upright open bin box or closed container.  An open box design collects rainwater and makes it easy to add materials. However, it can attract rodents, bees and other insects, become too wet and potentially be an eyesore for the neighbors. Compost containers tend to be more aesthetically pleasing and many designs have rotating drums making them easy to mix and unload. You’ll also need a turning fork (unless you have a rotating bin) and a shovel to remove your garden goodness.
I’ve got my compost, now what? 
After cooking for several weeks, you’ll find wonderful rich ingredient ready for use.  It’s best to till your compost into the soil in fall and spring. You can also side dress compost into your garden throughout the season for a slow released fertilizer. If you sift your compost, it makes a great lawn fertilizer and will save you money and save the environment from chemical runoff. Compost can also adds a boost to potting soil making for happier and healthier plants.
Value added benefits…
Thirsty? Compost tea is yummy, for your plants that is! Just soak a bag of compost in a bucket of water for about an hour and you’ve got a supercharged plant food for your house plants or garden that will boost nutrient levels and help prevent plant diseases.
You can relax knowing that with a little effort you’re compost will grow healthier plants, save you money, and help the environment. That’s a lot of good!
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