Greywater Guerrillas in LA this Weekend

...eck out their informative website and their new book Dam Nation. We especially enjoy the GG’s project examples. Here’s the 411 on their LA appearances: Saturday July 19th: Hands-On Greywater Installation Workshop. Time: 11am-3pmLocation: Silver Lake (You’ll get an email with directions once registered)Cost: $30-$40 sliding-scaleTo register: email Matt Moses Space is very limited so register early! Workshop will include a presen...

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Homegrown Revolution at the Alt-Car Expo

...ds, but these hills build character. We’re what you might call “car-light”. Between Mr. and Mrs. Homegrown Revolution we still have a battered 1994 Nissan Sentra which spends the overwhelming majority of its time sitting in the garage collecting dust. Around the time we got rid of our second car we put together an Xtracycle. While it’s hard to improve on the basic design of the bicycle, the Xtracycle is a great way to haul...

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Book Review: My Side of the Mountain

...away to live on his own in the Catskill Mountains–in 1959.  Since then, it has won the Newbery Medal and been consistently ranked high in recommended reading lists for children. Recently I re-read My Side for the first time in many, many years. I suspect that many Root Simple readers will be familiar with this book, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I’d rank this book as one of the most influential in my life. I read it...

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Book Review: The Machine Stops by E.M. Forester

...in SF? The second remarkable thing is that he did this toe dipping in 1909. In 1909, the telephone was a new technology, and radio in its infancy. That he should be able to extrapolate this strangely accurate dystopia at that time points not only to his powers of observation and imagination, but also, perhaps, to the discomfort I suspect many people were experiencing at that time, as the world rushed into modernity. We don’t hear much about...

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Bean Fest, Episode 6: Walton’s Serbian Lima Beans

...ell on a holiday table. And best of all, they’re easy to make. They don’t have many ingredients, and there’s nothing complex about their cooking. They just take a little longer than most beans because of the time in the oven. This is the recipe as he sent it: Serbian Lima Beans     * 1 lb small lima beans     * 1 1/4 cups oil     * 1 1/4 lbs sliced or chopped onions     * 1 tspn pepper     * 2 tspn salt     * 2 tspn paprika    ...

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Return of Bean Friday: Bean Broth or “Tuscan Crazy Water”

...in it. But it is a decent vegetarian stock. It goes very well over rice, and I suspect it would be an excellent broth for cooking rice and other grains. I am fond of the waste-not, want-not philosophy behind it, and also the time saving angle. You can make a pot of beans for dinner, and end up with a supply of broth as a side benefit. So now that all of those qualifications are done, this is how you make the broth: First, you can’t use jus...

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Bean Fest, Episode 3: Bastardized Puerto Rican Beans

...ng pretty frequently, as you watch the pretty herbs turn from bright green to dull green. The onions will become more golden, and the volume will shrink down. I didn’t take it to brown, but it was definitely drab by the time I called it quits. Sort of army green. I splashed white wine around the edges of the pan and stirred everything up to collect any caramelized bits. He says you can use stock to deglaze instead, but the wine really zing...

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It’s Official: Erik is Insane

...own there. Not just any squash, but this fantastical Italian winter squash called Lunga di Napoli. It’s a green skinned squash, rather like a butternut in shape and texture, except it can reach a meter in length. At the time of planting, I did the wifely, “Honey, are you sure that’s a good idea?” thing. It’s just not a good idea to plant high-investment crops in the parkway. He assured me he knew it was a risk, but h...

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Worm Composting

...ts” or from a book. We tried worm composting here in the compound garden a few years ago and found the process somewhat difficult. Unlike our present lazy composting methods, worm composting requires a certain amount of time and effort. When you start a worm composting system you are acquiring pets – worm pets, that need just the right amount of water (too much and they’ll drown, too little and they will be unhappy), and food (i...

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The Food and Flowers Freedom Act

...r city dwellers in R1 zones to grow fruits, nuts, flowers or seedlings and sell them off-site – at local farmers’ markets for example. Furthermore, no one at City Hall can agree on what Truck Gardening is. We think it’s time for the City of Los Angeles to come into the 21st century and amend its municipal code to support the burgeoning urban farming movement. It’s time L.A. legalized urban farming in R1 zones as part of its commitment to g...

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