Self-reliance in LA: backyard farming 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.
Volunteering on a farm isn't just for solo backpackers; it's a great way to have a cheap and rewarding family trip. Jason and Jill DiLoreti, who spent over a year working on farms around the world with their two young children, share their experience