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What could be a more appropriate use for salvaged wood than use in a recycled greenhouse? Once a thriving organism in its own right, timber rescued from wine barrels, barns, old doors and retaining walls can become a shelter for developing seedlings. A Place to Grow | Recycled Greenhouses recognizes the potential in scrapped wood and bestows upon the material a new life as an environmentally conscious greenhouse, shed, or outdoor studio space.

Operated by San Luis Obispo residents Dana and Sean O’Brien, the company prides itself in finding a solution to construction waste and creating beautiful bespoke structures. Dana boasts a finance degree from Cal Poly SLO, over 20 years as a government employee, and an active role in Habitat for Humanity. Sean graduated with a degree in computer science from Cal Poly, has been a software engineer for more than 25 years, and possesses a California contractor’s license. Together, the O’Briens created their business to pursue their passions for eco-friendly building.

A Place to Grow has been honored by the Martha Stewart American Made Contest, and has created greenhouses for Sage nursery in Los Osos and private residences up and down the Central Coast. For more information, contact A Place to Grow through their website, or email Dana at dana@recycledgreenhouses.com.

Poppy Soap Company

These days, Lindy LaRoche is one popular lady. As the owner of the Poppy Soap Company based in Los Osos, she has seen the demand for her amazing handmade soaps skyrocket. Adding new accounts almost every day, the business has attracted the attention of wellness centers and stores across the country. The Four Seasons recently discovered her creations and have started featuring them in their spas. Her Bar for Bar program, which donates soap to a women’s shelter of the customer’s choice, has grown to include organizations nationwide. As of the beginning of October, she has donated over 3,000 bars of soap!

In an effort to expand their operation, Poppy Soap Company has launched an Indiegogo campaign. Those who make minimum donation of $24 will receive three of their fantastic soaps at a cost below their website price. Gifts will be shipped in December, just in time for the holidays. Of course, you can always find her therapeutic soaps here at Bambu Batu! We are proud to carry her Bamboo Charcoal, Peppermint Pine, Sea Buckthorn Satsuma, Lavender Lemongrass and Lemon Poppyseed soaps.

Poppy Soap Company pays it forward

Local Central Coast resident Lindy LaRoche create the Poppy Soap Company back in 2011 out of a desire to start a home-based business that she could operate without being away from her son who was just a toddler at the time. And equally important, Lindy wanted to be part of a business that gives something back to the community. Always a creative and motivated individual, soap making is just one of Lindy’s many skills. When she learned the soaps were the number one item on the donation wish lists for Women’s Shelters, a great big light bulb came on. “What if I give the Women’s Shelter a bar of my delicious homemade soap every time I sell one?” And so the Bar For Bar Program was born. Bambu Batu is thrilled and delighted to have such a thoughtful and wonderful woman as one of our business partners in our ongoing effort to raise consciousness and heal the soul of the planet.

What could be a more appropriate use for salvaged wood than use in a recycled greenhouse? Once a thriving organism in its own right,timber rescued from wine barrels, barns, old doors and retaining walls can become a shelter for developing seedlings. Based right her on the Central Coast, A Place to Grow recognizes the potential in scrapped wood and bestows upon the material a new life as an environmentally conscious greenhouse, shed, or outdoor studio space.

Operated by San Luis Obispo residents Dana and Sean O’Brien, the company prides itself on finding a solution to construction waste and creating beautiful bespoke structures. Dana boasts a finance degree from Cal Poly SLO, over 20 years as a government employee, and an active role in Habitat for Humanity. Sean graduated with a degree in computer science from Cal Poly, has been a software engineer for more than 25 years, and possesses a California contractor’s license. Together, the O’Briens created their business to pursue their passions for eco-friendly building.

A Place to Grow has been honored by the Martha Stewart American Made Contest, and has created greenhouses for Sage nursery in Los Osos and private residences up and down the Central Coast. For more information, contact A Place to Grow through their website, or email Dana at dana@recycledgreenhouses.com.

As human beings, we walk around the world as intelligent filters, taking in information and sensations to inform our thoughts and feelings. To make sense of such a gigantic universe, we create narratives. Being social creatures, we share these stories with one another to form community, pass along information, and reinforce cultural ideals.

Central Coast storytellers Zette Harbour and Grisel Puig Snider have teamed up once again to present the 2nd annual Peace Love Story Fest in Los Osos. The event whose theme is “Transforming Community” will take place on October 19th and 20th. The festival kicks off at 6pm on Saturday, followed by a community marshmallow roast sponsored by the Los Osos Valley Nursery. On Sunday, yarns start spinning at 10:30 am. Workshops, story swaps and performances will take place throughout the day at the Los Osos Community Center.

Zette Harbour started the PLSF in 2012 to celebrate the power of traditional storytelling. She joined Grisel Puig Snider, a native of Puerto Rico, who enjoyed weekly storytelling during her childhood. Both recognized how oral traditions helped to strengthen neighborhoods and ignite imaginations. Placing their celebration of oration in Los Osos, they have ensured that their yarns would be set in one of the most magical and beautiful areas in the state.

Tickets are available now and space is limited. Prices range from $5-24 and can be purchased through their website. For additional information contact Zette Harbour (805)441-6688 or visit PeaceLoveStoryFest.com

Morro Bay Orchid Outriggers

There are two great things that stand out for me as a resident of San Luis Obispo. The first is the incredible natural diversity in the county, and the other is the caliber of the people who live and love the landscape. One evening, I had the pleasure of meeting Mike, one of the gentlemen involved with Orchid Outriggers, a company out of Los Osos that offers tours of the coast by outrigger canoe. What began as a short mention of the wildlife in our backyards became a long conversation over the variety of species that can be seen from the boats, how to identify birds in mid-air, and how it was much easier to photograph animals from the stability and comfort of the outrigger. A printer by trade, he and his fellow boaters take the time and effort to pick up trash from the estuaries, cleaning and caring for the ecosystems they love.

Tours go through the Morro Bay Estuary and are led by naturalists and birders with years of experience under their belts. Gliding through the water with a view of Morro Rock, tons of feathery friends, and the entire coastline, the experience is one that will be remembered for lifetime. The outriggers themselves are 17-4 Koholu’a boats which are small composites of Hawaiian canoes. The modern incarnation of a design refined over hundreds of years are sturdy, fast, and easily maneuverable. No wetsuit is needed for the ride, as the boats are dry and large enough to stow a good amount of gear.

You don’t have to be a tourist to take advantage of the gorgeous place in which we live and make good connections with the locals. Go explore your backyard with some wonderful neighbors with Orchid Outriggers!

The Central Coast is blessed to be made up of a number of communities where kind and  giving citizens are concerned for the welfare of their neighbors.  During the holiday season, there are a number of opportunities to help those in need by volunteering, giving to charity, and donating items to food drives and fundraisers. For those looking to do a little good work this season, check out these upcoming events that serve the people of SLO and spread some good will throughout the area.

Turkey Drive- Starting on November 1 and running through the 18, the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County will be holding their annual Turkey Drive.  Help them achieve their goal of collecting 2,500 birds.  Contributions can be dropped off at their facility at 4554 Hollister Ave on Mon-Fri from 7:30am-4:30pm.  You can also make a monetary donation online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/fosbc/.

Flanders Bicycle Build and Swap- Time to clean out the garage, fix up that old bike, and donate unwanted parts. Join the Tall Bike Posse at Flanders Bicycle (1951 Santa Barbara St, Apt D, SLO) this Saturday, November 10 for a build, bike-in movie and potluck. There is no sellers fee, and donations of gently used gear are always appreciated.

SWAP Elfin Forest Work Party- Help maintain a unique part of the Central Coast ecosystem in Los Osos on Saturday, November 3 from 9am-noon in Los Osos.  The “Weed Warriors” meet at the north end of 15th Street near the Elfin Forest, and will help to combat soil erosion, invasive species, and maintain trails.  Tools, water, gloves, and snacks will be provided.  For more information, contact the Small Wilderness Area Preservation organization (SWAP) through Yolanda at  yolanda@elfin-forest.org or visit http://www.elfin-forest.org.

Johnson Ranch Connector Trail- Help get the Johnson Ranch Connector Trail between Costco and Irish Hills in SLO get ready for business on November 3rd and 17th.  On Novermber 3rd, volunteers and members of the California Conservation Corps will be meeting at the Home Depot Parking Lot off of Los Osos Valley Rd beginning at 9am.  A free pair of polarized sunglasses will be given to all who attend.  The work party on the 17th will congregate at Laguna Lake Park at 8am for a light breakfast before trail work.  A BBQ lunch and t-shirts will be yours to enjoy in return for your effort! For more information, visit http://www.cccmb.org/ .

CNPS Native Plant Sale- Support the California Native Plant Society November 3 at the Pacific Beach High School at 11950 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo.  There you will find hundreds of specimens of drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants as well as botanical experts to answer any questions you might have.  For gardening and event questions, visit their site at www.cnps-slo.org.

Empty Bowls- The FoodBank of Santa Barbara will hold their 15th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, November 15 at the Rockwood Women’s Club (670 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara) from 11am-2pm. Each person who makes a donation of $30 or more will receive a hand-picked ceramic bowl crafted by local artisans.  Attendees can choose from one of three sittings, and enjoy a silent and raffle.  VIP tickets are also available. To purchase admission, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/fosbc/event/14047/.

Hunger Free Drive Campaign- The United Methodist Church of SLO asks members of the community to help end hunger locally through their 1-2-3 Hunger Free Drive Campaign.  To participate, donate a jar of peanut butter or a canned item to the Salvation Army or SLO Food Bank, or give a $3 to benefit the “Give Ye Them To Eat” program in Puebla, Mexico.

Santa Maria Car Show and Turkey Drive- Come take a gander at some gorgeous cars and help families in need on November 10, form 10am-2pm at the Albertson’s parking lot in Santa Maria (2320 S. Broadway). Bring your family and a turkey to benefit the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County.

Atascadero Horsemen’s Club Toy Ride- Bring an unwrapped toy to for the Horseman’s club Toy Ride on November 18. This family friendly trail ride will benefit the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program. Participants will meet at the Atascadero Mutual Water Company Maintenance yard (6575 Sycamore Rd) at 8am. Groups will leave every 15min until 10m and ride two hours north through the Salinas River to Hoover’s Beef Palace in Templeton at the stock yard. There will be water crossings. For more information, visit www.atascaderohorsemensclub.com .

 

 

 

 

Bambu Batu is excited to welcome Poppy Soap Co. to the store!  Handcrafted in Los Osos, the soap is made from certified organic ingredients, essential oils, and are free of petroleum, animal products, artificial fragrances and dyes. In addition to supporting healthy skin, Poppy Soap Co. also helps to sustain a healthy community by donating one bar for each one purchased to a local women’s shelter.  Their Bar-for-Bar program is a personal and heartfelt way to show kindness to victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Founder Lindy LaRoche came to crafting soap by way of a career in medical sales.  After her son was born, she decided to leave the sales field in order to pursue a passion where she could live mindfully and sustainably, and give back to the community.  Through Poppy Soap Co., she hopes to spread the holistic lifestyle where her products can help heal both the body and the planet naturally.  We are enthusiastic to work with such a wonderful individual and carry her fantastic soaps here at Bambu Batu!

Celebrate Earth Day 2012 in San Luis Obispo by showing your love for Ma Nature this Sunday, April 22 with a number of fun activities throughout the county!

-Get Down to Earth-  San Luis Obispo’s El Chorro Regional Park will be holding their Get Down to Earth shindig as a part of a worldwide recognition of the 42nd annual observance of Earth Day.  Ride the complementary shuttle, bicycle, or carpool to enjoy the free festivities from 10am-5pm.  Check out the booths featuring community organizations, kids activities, for-profit and non-profit businesses, government agencies, and area schools.  The solar powered stage presents the music of Brendan James, Midnight Express, and Up in the Air.  For questions or volunteer applications, contact the Earth Day Alliance at earthdayslo@gmail.com.

-Cal Parks Volunteering- Show your planet a little love by offering to spend the day restoring and cleaning one of California’s state parks.  Montana De Oro in Los Osos is still registering volunteers through the California State Parks Foundation.  Workers will be grading, providing drainage repairs and tread maintenance for Coon Creek and Rattlesnake Trails as well as installing a bluff safety fence and native plantings for the Islay Campground.  With budget cutbacks and the possibility of closures, our state parks need as much support as they can manage!

-The Earth Day Food and Wine Festival- Head to Atascadero for the sixth annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival, brought to you by the Central Coast Vineyard Team.  The event is held from April 20-22 with the main attraction taking place at the Pomar Junction and Vineyard Winery in Templeton on April 21.  Attending will be over 200 purveyors of local, sustainably produced food and drink, growers, vintners, and chefs.  Live music by the Mother Corn Shuckers will get you dancing and working up a healthy appetite.  Tickets range from $40-100. For details and tickets, visit www.earthdayfoodandwine.com.

Party for the planet! Learn a little something about the environment and have a great time in the process!  What do you do to celebrate our glorious globe?

 

When tidepooling along the beach here on the Central Coast, I admittedly like to poke at the marine life.  But what exactly am I pestering?  Enter the Avila Beach Sea Life Center to shed a little light on my adventures in aquatic biology.  Located just south of San Luis Obispo, the Center allows visitors to learn about one of the most fascinating aquatic ecosystems in California.  Open to the general pubic and for schools and birthday parties, the aquarium is a must for anyone interested in science and nature.

For students, the Floating Lab takes participants out onto the open sea where they trawl for plankton, perform sea water chemistry, dissect squid, and observe marine birds and mammals in their natural habitats.  The facility-based Discovery Lab course lets teachers select from a diverse curriculum of fun games, lectures, animal encounters, and interactive activities that teach about the fascinating inhabitants of the Pacific, the importance of a healthy environment, and how we as humans can care for our watery neighbors.

The Avila Sea Life Center is the only public marine education facility between Lompoc and Monterey.  Adult admission is $3, students/seniors $2.  Come take a stroll along the beach, and discover another universe not far from home! (For more information, email info@avilamarine.org).

Armed with knowledge and looking for adventure?  Test your smarts and observation skills with some great ocean-side hikes:

– Montana De Oro: This state park in Los Osos offers a number of fantastic bluff and beach trails that provide wonderful views of the ocean, tidepooling, and bird-watching.  If you are lucky, you may even spot a sea otter, sea lion, or whale during their migration season.

– San Simeon:  Famous for its colony of breeding elephant seals,  park and walk several feet to take a gander at one of the ocean’s most impressive marine mammals.  However, be careful not to get too close to the hulking, snorting masses of blubber!  Males are known to be pretty aggressive and are a lot faster than they appear.

– Pismo/Oceano Dunes:  Check out one of the last refuges for the endangered Snowy Plover as well as a number of other ocean and estuary birds.  Take care not to get run over by drivers as the Dunes are one of the last public beaches in California to allow vehicles.

– Pirate’s Cove:  If you are an immodest enough soul to endure a little nudity on this clothing-optional beach located slightly south of Port San Luis, you are almost certain to encounter harbor seals in this sunny, quiet stretch of sand and sea.

Standing astride a massive boulder atop Bishop Peak, I watch the turkey vultures fly past at eye level.  As I watch them glide over the sage scrub carpeted slopes, I turn a slow pirouette to scan the horizon.  From up here, you can see all the way to foggy Los Osos to the North, the bulk of downtown San Luis to the South, and a number of agricultural fields, ranches, parks and residential developments in between.  It was worth fighting gravity for the 4-mile trek towards the summit of this rocky volcanic outcrop.

Timing my visit for late spring/early summer, I am lucky enough to be treated with moderately cool weather, a steady breeze, and a riot of wildflowers.  Regardless of which of the two trail heads you choose, you are assured a moderate to challenging hike through several plant ecosystems.  After traveling through this nature reserve’s oak forests, past giant rock faces, through sage brush and chaparral, and up a number of switchbacks, you will feel as though you have gotten your exercise and been rewarded with one of the best views in the county.

How to get there:  There are two trail heads that access the Bishop Peak Trail.  The first is off of Patricia Avenue and Highland amidst a residential neighborhood. This point also allows you to take the less strenuous Felsman Loop Trail, a fairly easy 1.7 mile loop at the North East base of this member of the “Seven Sisters”.  The second approach is located on East Foothill Blvd. between  Los Osos Valley Road and Patricia Ave., and has a small lot for parking near the beginning of the route.

What to bring:  A majority of the trail is exposed to the elements, so during the warmer months, make sure to bring your sunscreen, glasses, hat, a pair of well-soled shoes, and plenty of water.  For cooler weather, long pants and a fleece are most likely the heaviest protection you will need.  For the top of the trail, bring a camera to capture the landscape unfolding before you, and maybe a snack to regain some energy before you head back down.

Stay safe: There are some steep and rocky parts along the trail, so make sure to watch your footing.  There have been accidents at the top of the morro where the weather can become gusty.  Try and stick to times where daylight is adequate enough to navigate some of the most challenging terrain, and if you are heading out during the evening, pack a flashlight just in case the journey takes you longer than expected.  There is a fair amount of poison oak in some of the more wooded areas, and long slacks and healthy amount of attention and respect for the rash-inducing plant are recommended.  (Remember: leaves of three, let it be! …unless it’s hairy, in which case it’s berry …but don’t take a chance with poisonous plants!)  If you are unfamiliar with Bishop’s, take a buddy with you and always let others know where you are going to be and around what time they should expect you back.

This summer, go and take advantage of San Luis Obispo’s natural beauty and make a date for the top of Bishop Peak!

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