Throop - A Community Garden/Food Forest, Pasadena, California

idea by Theresegbrum
Throop - A Community Garden/Food Forest, Pasadena, California

The Idea

2500 sqft Bermuda grass on busy street transformed with shade or fruit trees and low-water plants into inviting, productive garden for neighbors & passers-by to enter & enjoy. Rain water fed, the permaculture garden improves soil and provides habitat for birds, bees and converts traffic CO2 > O2

Your Team

Permaculture and amateur gardeners, teens, neighbors, parishioners, Time Bankers and NELA Transtion is a work force already in place via social networks, signs, events, classes and word of mouth

The Community

Neighbors, commuters and class attendees walk by or drive thru this desolate lot each day. We have a chance to positively influence people daily by creating an accessible garden on this sidewalk site

The Need

Provides city dwellers and commuters a welcome for meditation, chance to enjoy trees and plants, green visual therapy & inspiration to support a low water productive garden & permaculture concepts


NE corner intersection of Del Mar & Los Robles, Pasadena site offered for project by Throop Church


With start date of 11/01 We would complete by end of year. design and workforce in place.

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I was at the site earlier this evening - it looks amazing! everything is already starting to fill in. the vegetable portion of the garden is incredible - the tallest tomato plants I've ever seen, the largest collard green leaves, and the squash leaves look like elephant ears they are so lush. Nice work, NELA Transition, Throop parishioners, and neighbors!

by teralittle
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This project is so fantastic! I've had dozens of students participate and they enjoyed the work and learned a lot. It's a pleasure to drive by Throop and see the progress! I can't imagine a more worthy group to receive the funds!

by mamabotanica
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Coming from a neighboring community this food garden/forest is an inspiration and encourages goodwill....it empowers each one who participates or even just curious onlookers to want to be a part of something good. thank's to Therese and team for the hard work, perseverance and dedication. This is just the beginning!

by PH
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This idea strikes me as the most thoughtful and well-planned one. I think this garden will create a long-term impact on everyone who participates. Touching the earth, nurturing life, and forming communal bonds all engender memories and lessons that will last a lifetime. And let's hear it for Pasadena!

by Christine Buckley
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Thanks Christine. You hit the nail on the head. Appreciate your taking the time to vote for this fun project t

by Theresegbrum
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I love looking at the before and after photos at their wiki website. http://nela-transition.wikispaces.com/Throop+Learning+Garden

by SylviaHolmes
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This Pasadena project is inspiring, bringing community together to create food and beauty in the city on a busy street corner. There is a wide assortment of volunteers from different parts of the community. I like that! I also like the attention to a low water productive garden.

by MRMichelson
almost 2 years ago | Reply

The around-the-corner part of this transformation is already showing folks it CAN get better!

by mimi.fitzgerald.5
almost 2 years ago | Reply

There is an amazing transformation of the property AND the local volunteers happening here!

by Theresegbrum
almost 2 years ago | Reply

We intend to purchase trees and water-retention/water capture system related materials with these funds. We have successfully converted another 4,000sq.ft. area on this same site using locally donated or repurposed material as much as possible. Our costs are in the trees and plants themselves.

by Theresegbrum
almost 2 years ago | Reply

$4,500 of support & supplies + $500 cash from TreeP...
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