AquaFarm – Setup and Review


I love urban farming. I love sprouts. I love aquariums (but I don’t love the upkeep). I love science. I love sustainable ecosystems. And I love anything that is self-cleaning. So when I saw the AquaFarm I flipped. The AquaFarm, designed and manufactured in California by Back to the Roots, is a mini-ecosystem that sits on your […]

Eggs 101

Brown Eggs

The incredible edible egg, as the American Egg Board refers to them, seems to be a never ending source of controversy.  From the cholesterol bashing of the 1970s and 1980s to the practices of chicken raising and conventional vs. cage-free vs. organic, the egg never seems to get a break.  And although studies (1) have […]

Composting: Worm Bin Bedding


  When starting a worm bin, you’ll begin by adding a layer of moist bedding to the bin.  This articles details how to make a batch of starter bedding.   Good Materials for Worm Bedding shredded newspaper (soak in water and wring out the excess) shredded paper towel rolls (soak in water and wring out […]

Composting: Vermicomposting Basics


  What is vermicomposting? Vermicomposting (composting using worms) creates a nutrient rich soil amendment using kitchen scraps, cardboard, newspaper, dried yard clippings and other organic material that would otherwise be tossed into the garbage.  Worms, with a little help from microbes, eat the organic waste and produce castings  (vermicompost, aka worm poop) that are used […]

Composting: How to Select a Worm Bin

Cedar Worm Bin

  Worm bins are available in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes.  The type of bin you select for vermicomposting will depend on where you plan to keep it, how much waste you will compost, and personal preference. Material Worm bins must have good air flow and drainage so most bins are made out […]

Urban Farm Tour – 3630 Square Feet in Los Angeles

Root Simple Garden

Join Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne on an inspirational tour of their urban farm in Los Angeles.  In a lifestyle they call “radical home economics”, Knutzen and Coyne use their 3630 square foot lot in the Echo Park/Silverlake area of Los Angeles (which includes a 900 square foot house) for vegetable beds, fruit trees, solar dehydrator, rain barrel, […]