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I live in an intentional community in Los Angeles known as @sugarshack -- a thriving home for 12 people + working room for 6 others in our area. We have found that intentional community living is one of the best ways to share resources and live efficiently in urban environments. Together we are more efficient and we waste less by cooking together!

We have a small garden bed outside our home on a concrete slab that was once a parking lot (our home was a childrens' furniture store for 50 years in the heart of LA). Right now we are growing k**quat, lemon, apple trees along with tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, pumpkin, squash, onion, melons and arugula. We are about to rotate in the spring seeds including replacement cantaloupe since a four-legged critter ate our sprouts a few months back. This garden can provide 10-20% of our food needs when well cultivated and we supplement with food from our local farmers market whenever possible.

One of my housemates has helped to start a nonprofit organization called Lighting Up The Sky that will be teaching people how to create their own growing walls and hydroponic growing systems in their kitchens or homes. We are experimenting with various growing containers in our kitchen and grow many herbs on our counter so that we are ready to make a feast at all times. We are still dependent on some groceries for sustenance but together the 12 of us spend less at the grocery store than an average family of 4 in America.

On the west coast of the U.S. I am meeting many more people who are raising chickens so that they have a steady supply of eggs for their homes. Since our community lives by consensus we have not brought chickens in to live with us (the only space we would have for them is on our roof) but eventually I hope to add chickens and rabbits as we move to a more spacious landscape next year. I love the www.urbanchickens.net blog for information on how to keep chickens in cities! This new farmpunk boom has taken off in the creative arts communities where many people have been out of work for the last two years.

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Comment by glim on March 12, 2010 at 1:25am
omg! i love this! i totally want a mini orchard!
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 22, 2010 at 6:21am
The Sugar Shack packs alot of punch! How many watt-hours y'all getting from those solar flowers up on the roof?

If you want in on our coop co-op, we're going to board chickens in mobile tractors throughout our orchard... I'd like an excuse for you to come visit once a week.
Comment by Evo on March 22, 2010 at 6:31am
Yes! I want another excuse to come visit you on the farm soon. I spent the morning with Chris and Annemarie's chickens and held an egg that was just laid!
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 22, 2010 at 6:40am
"This garden can provide 10-20% of our food needs" Nice!!!
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 22, 2010 at 6:40am
You're cheating on our chickens with the floozies from Paso Robles?!

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