Urban Farm Tour – 3630 Square Feet in Los Angeles

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, homemade greywater barrel, bee hives, compost pile, chickens, worm bin, rocket stove, milk crate humanure toilet, adobe brick oven (made with clay from their yard), canning, bread making, and other methods of self-reliance.

If starting your own urban homestead seems overwhelming or too radical, you don’t have to jump into the deep end. Pick one thing that interests you – start a worm bin, plant some herbs, or bake a loaf of bread to start.

Coyne wisely advises “You shouldn’t ever do anything just because you think you should do it… you just want to do what calls  you.”

Root Simple Garden

Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne’s garden
Photo Credit: Root Simple, Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne


Odds are that one thing will lead to another and you’ll find yourself looking for more ways to be self-reliant.

“You just start with one thing that really calls you and, usually in the course of learning how to do that one thing, you will be attracted to something that’s related to it because these things tend to pile on top of each other.  They’re all linked in some way.” says Coyne.

Watch the video walkthrough of Erik and Kelly’s urban farm here:


You can learn more about Erik and Kelly’s urban farm and self-reliance tips on their blog Root Simple.  Also be sure to check out their books The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World.

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