WE'RE # 1

It’s a drizzly morning once again, I am not complaining as we need all the rain we can get. However, it’s not a long-lasting storm, temperatures are going to rise by midweek to the mid 80’s. It’s been like that for the last couple weeks, damp and chilly then warm and sunny.  So it’s handy these days to keep both winter and summer clothes out till the weather makes up its mind.

Pasadena has recorded 54.4 inches of rainfall!!! Simply amazing!An average year is 20.1″, the driest year was the 2001–02 season, measuring a miserly 7.2″  Here’s an article in our local paper (check out the graph):

Rainfall record isn’t all wetPasadena stands behind 54.4-inch measurement…How much rain is 54.4 inches? It’s more than the average annual rainfall of Seattle and San Francisco combined. (They get 33.1 and 20.4 inches, respectively.)   continue reading >>
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Saturday night PTF hosted a Sustainability lecture given by Tony Pereira. Thanks to all who came and brought tasty contributions and for those who stayed afterwards for impromptu music and sing-a-long ( guitarists, drummer and sax player!).

Sunday afternoon was spent at the Boyle Heights Community Garden where Jules gave a talk about how to “profit” from your garden — profiting many ways– holistically, financially and spiritually.

Thanks to Celina who invited us to visit one of LA’s little secret hideaways.   We met some great people and had some lively and thought-provoking conversations.


Our Urban Homestead project and journey continues as we try to re-establish control over our daily lives. This year we plan, if all goes well, on focusing on two important aspects in living sustainably: Waste & Water. 

I’ve been assigned to research and narrow down the compost toilet candidates. We recently read a horror story  of a guy in the Berkley area that purchased a compost toilet from a Canadian company (wonder which one?).  The stench was so unbearable that he dumped the compost loo and went instead for a five gallon bucket toilet.   There’s certainly a heated debate when it comes to composting toilets as this blog points out. 

Unfortunately, our situation won’t allow for the simple and cheap solution of a bucket (read PTF’s December 2004 regarding “humanure” ).

We are searching for a waterless unit that requires little maintenance. A concern we have is that the compost toilet will not only be used by our family, but also shared with the many visitors that come and attend events or workshops.  So there are odor and capacity issues.

Unfortunately, being “green” requires a lot of “green” these days. As Kermit the frog sang, “It ain’t easy being green” (nor is it cheap, I might add).

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  1. dragonfly says:

    Oh, i am so glad i read this entry. i have ben stewing for weeks now over what to do about sewage in our new home. i have found a lot of information about treatment of grey water but nothing about what to do with actual sewage. Now if i can just talk my city slicker husband into it. We have guests over all of the time to, lol, just imagine how they will react

  2. Anais says:

    Hello Dragonfly,

    Here’s a great article from Mother Earth about composting and low flush toilets


    I think visitors would be inspired – definitely will get them thinking that there are alternatives to using fresh, drinking water for our waste.