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Community Builder and Seed Educator, Azita aims to set up the Seed Library for generations of Seed Saviors. 


Azita Banu

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Founder of SLOLA, David teaches seed saving to students of UCLA and Venice High School

Vice Chair 

David King 

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Joanne has been a serious seed-saver for more than a decade. For the past 5 years, she has run Cityscape Seeds, a micro-scale seed enterprise that sells vegetable seeds online and at Mar Vista Farmers' Market. She was the designer and co-founder of the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, and was the Garden Manager there for 11 years before passing the hat to Azita. Joanne was a key part of the initial design team for the Emerson Avenue Community Garden. She has been a speaker and exhibitor at the Heirloom Seed Expo in Santa Rosa. She is the author of a series of books on vegetable gardening in Southern California, including Urban Seed Saving. Her favorite seed variety is L.A. Green Glaze collards, a glossy-leafed variety she has been cultivating for more than 15 years.

Seed Historian 

Joanne Poyourow


Seed Teacher graduate and Artist, Bridey shares her skills of  creative storytelling to get the youth excited about growing food. 

Seed Library Secretary

Bridey Phillips

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A marriage and family therapist who is dedicated to use the garden as healing medium for the community and for the earth. 

Seed Librarian 

Jeremy Maler 


Master Gardener Ade brings the magic of seeds to life. Long time SLOLA member, Ade makes Seed Stewarding fun and lasting.

Seed Librarian

Ademola Onaolopo


Founder of the Learning Garden, Julie is an advocator for Healthy Sustainable lifestyles. Julie practices homeopathy and enjoys community building. 


Julie Mann 


Seed Lover and UCLA Graduate, Kim brings order and consistency to our Board. 


Kim Mattheussens

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In this age of extinction there is no monetary value you can put on learning the skills to cultivate your own delicious food.  We offer many pathways to utilize your talents for helping the seeds of the planet. Volunteering with SLOLA can help you access the network you have been searching for.

Seed is Culture 

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