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Get a free fruit tree, learn about chickens, can you raise bees? How do you save water? Want to try a pie?

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Our family over the years have planted avocado and apple trees thanks to this free giveaway, and we've harvested from both! The plants being given away will also be native plants that will help with the California drought.

"A few years ago we changed our landscape and put in native plants and succulents and capped off our sprinklers," said Studio City Neighborhood Council President John Walker. "The DWP gives you $2 a square foot and we got a whopping $482, and they allow you to do curbside desert landscaping, too."

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be available to answer questions, too. Do you know that an average bath uses 25 to 35 gallons of water while a shower uses up to 2.5 gallons a minute? Do you know that it's illegal in Los Angeles to use a water hose like a broom? If you can sweep it, you should do it that way, not wash it down.

The Studio City Neighborhood Council's Outreach Committee partners with the Village Gardeners for this free event and includes live music, a bit contest, kid activities, demonstrations and booths and education from more than 25 non-profit groups. There's the Butler Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dance performing, the Children's Nature Institute, Food Forward, L.A. River Revitalization Corp, L.A. Urban Chicken Enthusiasts, TreePeople, Snowflakes Music, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, the Audubon Society, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, Million Trees LA, Oyeyo the Amazing Magical Therapy Bunny and environmental academy students from Harvard-Westlake School and Walter Reed Middle School.

Lisa Cahan Davis, who helped organize the fun family event, said she was hoping to get her key lime pie ready for the contest.

Enter the pie contest before 10:30 a.m.

Come out on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Green Fair at the Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom at South Valleyheart Drive and Longridge Avenue in Studio City, Calif.

See you there!

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