Eagle Rock – Bamboo Teepee

Hello Garden Friends,maslows-hierarchy-of-needs

This week at Eagle Rock we were able to erect our garden teepee made completely out of plant materials – hemp twine holding together the bamboo frame. This activity was part three of the four part series covering how a garden can provide for Maslow’s basic hierarchy of needs. It is interesting that as we (humans) live closer to cities our lives seem designed to keep us from building the skills that satisfy these our needs – creating food, water, shelter, and growing plants that provide air. Let’s fix that shall we?

Eagle Rock - May 16, 2016 - 2 of 3We also talked a little about sustainable wood harvesting practices – making sure never to withdraw more than you deposit. It is extremely easy for us to take for-granted the wood that shows up at Home Depot never really considering where it comes from or the consequences of having such great building material readily available. So, as a team building and home building exercise we raised our teepee satisfying a very primitive but hilariously fun desire to build homes and forts 🙂

Until next week!

-Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes is a garden designer and environmental educator working out of Woodland Hills, CA. A Los Angeles County Master Gardener and UC Davis Alumni, Jeff earned his B.S. in Environmental Resource Science in 2012 and has been growing edibles and natives for the past 6 years.

Jeff’s passion for plants and garden education has led him to school gardens from Los Angeles to Sacramento and all the way up to Portland, Oregon. Now familiar with ecosystems across the West Coast, Jeff has settled back home and works to bring people together over food and inspire the next generation of earth stewards to leave it better than they found it. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jeff enjoys singing with his guitar, going on camping and hiking excursions, and tossing a frisbee around with his friends.