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Placemaking with Mark Lakeman


How do you create a neighborhood feel, within a city that is renowned as having been designed and built as “automobile-centric”? Come find out, at an evening with Mark Lakeman, founder of City Repair, Tues Mar 22nd at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church 700 W. 83rd, Los Angeles 90045.

City Repair has done things like painted intersections, installed benches, planted gardens, built Little Free Libraries, and other colorful artistic and techniques which bring people together as a neighborhood and a community.

Now we’re doing it in Los Angeles! Come meet Mark, get inspired, and get connected with like-minded people who want to launch similar projects to transform their local places in L.A.

Beautiful video that’s an intro to City Repair work:

More about Mark Lakeman and this event

Suggested donation $15, “no one will be turned away”


077 Radical Mycology


Our guest this week is Peter McCoy. Peter is a self-taught mycologist with 15 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is the lead cultivation expert for the Amazon Mycorenewal Project and Open Source Ecology and the primary author behind Radical Mycology, a nearly 700-page book on accessible mycology and mushroom cultivation. During the podcast we discuss:

  • What are fungi?
  • How to cultivate edible and medicinal mushrooms
  • How to establish a mushroom bed in your garden
  • Tempeh
  • Peter’s cultivation how-to videos
  • Growing mushrooms in an apartment
  • Easy to grow mushroom: King Stropharia
  • Source for spawn: Field and Forest
  • Plugs
  • Improving soil with fungi
  • Remediating soil
  • Peter’s new book Radical Mycology

If you want to leave a question for the Root Simple Podcast please call (213) 537-2591 or send an email to [email protected]. You can subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store and on Stitcher. The theme music is by Dr. Frankenstein. A downloadable version of this podcast is here.

[email protected]: “Shazam” for Plants

[email protected] is an iPhone and Android phone app that uses image recognition and crowd-sourcing to recognize plants. It’s free, so I downloaded a copy yesterday and ran around the yard to see how it works.

You take a closeup of a leaf, flower, fruit or bark and the app takes a guess on an identification. My first attempt was Nasturtium, which the app immediately identified despite my bad photo.  It also correctly identified daffodils and got close to identifying Malva parviflora. It was not able to identify any of the California natives I tried, but I don’t think the program has a database of these plants yet.

[email protected] is the work of four French research organizations who have a vision for a kind of expansive botanical citizen-science project. I can definitely see the potential for [email protected] to create a huge database to track biodiversity, the effects of climate change and the distribution of plant species.

Drone Flyover of the Root Simple Compound

Many thanks to Steve Rowell for dropping by last week with his drone and shooting our humble compound. I cobbled together a rough cut of some of the shots that show our house and the neighborhood. Look carefully and you’ll see our chicken coop, adobe oven, the small but growing new planting in our front yard and more. Plus those 100 foot Mexican Fan Palms!