You might think: “what is a password generator doing on the Eco-Village blog?” But I’m here to tell you we get to play with all sorts of things. I had the privilege to be a guest on episode 8 of the Opposable Thumbs podcast and among other things we talked about getting a beehive on one of our buildings and a little bit about the history of this place. If you have taken a tour in the past few years you probably saw the shared tool shop where the item pictured above was made. Give it a listen or check out this blog post on my website for more details.
Really nice article on BBC-Mundo, the Spanish language section of the BBC. Written by Beatriz Díez, the article places the L.A. Eco-Village in the context of cohousing and the current housing crisis in Los Angeles. Check it out here: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-40023183
Episode 3 of the Sohana web series focuses on Eco-Villages. In this episode they visit the Los Angeles Eco-Village and the Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village in Tumacácori, Arizona.
a gray water irrigated landscape
In this Los Angeles Magazine interview Laura Allen from greywateraction.org answers some common questions about using and installing gray water systems in Southern California. Reading this will give a better understanding of some of the systems we have currently installed at the L.A Eco-Village and the systems you could use on your own home.
by Rebecca L.
New species found in L.A. Eco-Village
What is the Bioscan project?
The Bioscan project is an outgrowth of looking in my backyard and seeing what I found there that was so interesting and unexpectedly diverse, and we started looking at other people’s backyards and finding things that were crazy and diverse, species from different continents such as Africa, Europe and species that were new to science, that had never been described before. We say the need to survey, the need to record what’s in LA related to the density of housing, income level of an area, types of plants and whether or not there is watering, location, how close to other natural areas. We call these the variables of urbanization and these things effect the biodiversity that surrounds us. So as an outgrowth of looking into my backyard we decided to look into 30 backyards across a wide swath of Los Angeles from the Natural History Museum (NHM) north to the Verdugo Mountains and record plant life, hard scape, etc.
Photo by Ted Soqui for the L.A. Times
Reusing water can be really simple, but that’s not the way the Department of Water and Power (DWP) sees it. This article on the L.A Weekly features several comments by one of our members Laura Allen who is a cofounder of greywateraction.org and the writer of The Water-Wise Home, check it out.
Lois Arkin – Photo by Alex Brook Lynn
This article written by Alex Brook Lynn and titled “A Stay At This Sun-Drenched, Eco Oasis In LA Is Cheaper Than A Hostel And More Peaceful, Too” features some beautiful photographs (also by her) and a very good description of todays Los Angeles Eco-Village. It’s really nice to get these snapshots that capture brief moments in time, moments that will pass as our project evolves. Thank you Alex!