Permaculture system on a previously abandoned 1/4 acre residential property in the city of Los Angeles.
The site is a primary residence on a south-facing hillside. It includes a 1,000 square foot house and 400 square foot additional living unit that was converted from a carport.
The project involves restoring and insulating the buildings and integrating regenerative systems to grow food, generate energy, harvest rain and greywater, and support wildlife and livestock in a diverse and productive ecosystem.
- Producing ~100 fruits, vegetables and herbs.
- All rainwater runoff and erosion is eliminated. Even heavy rainfall is fully soaked or stored on the property.
- Includes chickens, vermicompost, deep mulch basins, hugelkultur and other compost and soil regeneration systems.
- Greywater irrigation system reuses water from the bathroom and kitchen sinks, shower and laundry machine. Water is distributed to 27 emitters across 2 zones and irrigates ~30 food-producing trees and shrubs.
- Rainwater cachement includes a natural swimming pool (filtered by wetland plants), tanks, water features, sponge swales, and mulch basins. Water storage capacity on site is ~16,000 gallons. Hardscapes channel water through pipes to underground basins between fruit trees.
- 6KW of solar PV panels and 27 KWh battery storage capacity powers and backs up all services for the property including the pool pump and electric car. Any supplemental electricity from the grid originates from renewable energy sources through a city program. In case of a city power outage, services continue indefinitely off-grid from the back-up battery storage, which is recharged daily by the solar panels.
- According the National Wildlife Federation, the property includes all of the elements required as a wildlife habitat, including food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable practices.
- Detailed data collection of daily water use, food production, temperature and precipitation began in May 2022.
- Chicken eggs
Fruits and nuts
- Barbados Cherry
- Goji Berry
- Ground Cherry
- Makrut Lime
- Mandarin Orange
- Meyer Lemon
- Peruvian Apple
- Pineapple Guava
- Prickly Pear
- Strawberry Guava
- Surinam Cherry
- White Sapote
Perennial vegetables and other edibles
- Aloe Vera
- Chaya (Tree Spinach)
- Egyptian Walking Onion
- Malabar Spinach
- Palo Verde
- Prickly Pear Paddle
- Sweet Potato
Perennial herbs and other ingestibles
- African Blue Basil
- Cuban Oregano
- Lemon Verbana
- Sugar Cane
- Vietnamese Cilantro
Self-seeding vegetables and herbs
- Yellow Wood Sorrel
Other annual vegetables and herbs
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