Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl is riding a wave of interest based on his progressive urban gardening and chicken raising ways.
Rosendahl presides over District 11 which ranges from Mullholland, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood to the Imperial Highway. He has lived in Mar Vista for 24 years, in a house built in 1924, with ample land for gardening and animal husbandry.
Fruit trees: Apple, orange, lemon.
Vegetables: Corn, tomatoes.
Animals: Chickens, finches, canaries, cockatiels, German Shepherd, and three cats.
Rosendahl spoke to Good Food’s Evan Kleinman on KCRW this morning:
"A chicken eats anything you give it. I saw a whole recycling opportunity. I feed them table scraps. I slice tomatoes in the morning that they go crazy for. I give them romaine lettuce, spinach. I [salvaged] a box of gourmet lettuce from Whole Foods. … Feed your chickens healthy food and those eggs will reflect that."
"We have community gardens in my district. I’d love to see every patch of land turned into a community garden. I’ve said in many community meetings, ‘Get yourself a chicken.’"
Question: Can Angelenos keep bees and chickens in their backyards without violating city ordinances and drawing the ire of city officials?
"There are ordinaces throughout the Southland. But the basics have to do with neighbor complaints. If a neighbor complains then the city gets involved. If you have neighbors you get along with and you are sensitive to … [you should have no problems.]"
"The greatest joy for me is the cycle of life that we should all connect with… ."
For more on the Councilman, find out his top picks for his 2011 Spring Garden in LAist.