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Self-reliance in LA: backyard farming plus radical home economics

“I don’t like the goal of self-sufficiency, I think it’s a fool’s errand to chase that goal.”

Filmed by Johnny Sanphillippo
FairCompanies.com
May 20, 2013
(Must See. Mike.)

Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne have been farming their yard in Los Angeles for over a decade. In addition to a mini orchard and extensive veggie garden, they have all the instruments of an urban homestead: chickens, bees, rainwater capture, DIY greywater, solar fruit preserver, humanure toilet, rocket stove, adobe oven. But they don’t like to talk about sustainability of self-sufficiency, instead they prefer the term self-reliance.

“I don’t like the goal of self-sufficiency, I think it’s a fool’s errand to chase that goal,” explains Knutzen. “I think we live in communities, human beings are meant to live, and trade and work together. I think self-reliance is okay, in other words, knowing how to do things.”

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‘Friendly Aquaponics System’ – one day course in Oakland

We operate our commercial aquaponics farm in Hawaii, and teach you how to feed yourself by building and operating your own aquaponics systems

When: Sunday May 26, 830 am – 530 pm
Where: the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
How much: $40-100, no one turned away.
contact: gavin@plantingjustice.org for more info.

“Friendly Aquaponics has trained thousands of people at their certified organic commercial aquaponics farm in Hawaii, and now they’re coming to Oakland to share their tried and true practices of growing an incredible amount of food in small spaces with 90% less water than conventional agriculture. Perfect for paved lots and urban agriculture where
soils are nonexistent or too toxic! Hope to see you there.”

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