Sundown Residence

On February 12th, 2014, SUNDOWN SCHOOLHOUSE COMES HOME…

Sundown Schoolhouse comes home in 2014

Sundown Schoolhouse comes home in 2014

…to Los Angeles this summer from June 1 to August 24th with a re-launched and re-configured to-be-announced 12 week enrollment program at the dome-headquarters that sort of picks up where we left off in 2006, with an open call for applications coming soon. (sign up for the email list to hear it first) sundownschoolhouse.org

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On January 22nd, 2014, A CRAZY WINTER HARVEST…

what's coming out of the ground in January? squash, peppers, tomatoes, lemons, nasturtiums...

what’s coming out of the ground in January? squash, peppers, tomatoes, lemons, nasturtiums…

…this morning included tomatoes (!) and peppers (!!) ripened in our recent unseasonably warm temps (and drought thanks to our Ridiculously Resilient Ridge while the Eastern and Midwestern US struggles with their Polar Vortex) in addition to the squashes, lemons and nasturtiums you might expect finding in an LA garden this time of year.

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By Fritz Haeg on January 22, 2014 | food
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On December 9th, 2013, BOYS IN THE GARDEN WEARING NEW KNITTED SCULPTURES…

August, Wyatt, Brandon, Dan and Noah experimenting with the new knits in the garden

August, Wyatt, Brandon, Dan and Noah experimenting with the new knits in the garden

…was a fun and helpful first step in figuring out this new series of interlocking triangular panels – combo cape/caftan/Parangolés/scarf/shawl/vestment/wrap – to be worn in public formations, more pictures here.

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On July 9th, 2013, SHIPPING TO THE WALKER ART CENTER…

part of the rug headed to the Walker

part of the rug headed to the Walker

…in preparation for the August 8th opening of Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City on August 8th, started this morning with the low rumbling of a huge moving truck barely big enough for my road, the arrival of two friendly movers for hours of heavy lifting, wrapping, and packing of the American Domestic Integrities rug, wood pedestals (made by artist Paul Bartow from materials at Mildred’s Lane where I spent last week, and where the rug was born last summer), and preserved materials from my LA garden for the growing D.I. archive. (and check out the new blog by my Walker interns)

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On July 7th, 2013, PACKING UP PRESERVES…

packing up seasonal preserves

packing up seasonal preserves

…including pickles, jams, marmalades, and sauces coming from the garden are being prepared for a big shipment to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for the fall show.

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On June 7th, 2013, BEET ARRIVALS…

beet line-up

beet line-up

…from the vegetable garden on my underground garage (where they are safe from the burrowing creatures that can devour an entire garden in days) are the satisfying culmination to a long story that started with a live-in assistant/gardener who started them from seed in the early spring.

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By Fritz Haeg on June 7, 2013 | food
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On September 2nd, 2012, HOME TOMATOES…

home garden tomatoes

…gathered from the garden out my kitchen window is one of the things I missed most being away last month, and today a windfall that will be canned after we’ve had our fill of it fresh….making room for tomorrow’s harvest.

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By Fritz Haeg on September 2, 2012 | food
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On July 31st, 2012, A MIDSUMMERS LUNCH ON TREE STUMPS…

garden lunch with dome and view

…brought together various visiting Euro friends and new L.A. friends – the day before I depart for four months mostly away from home – finally making use of the long garden table under the California walnut tree with tree stump seating provided by last year’s dear departed carob tree – dining almost exclusively on today’s garden harvest like baked squash, leeks, and onion with a tomato and basil salad.

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By Fritz Haeg on July 31, 2012 | food, gardens
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On July 10th, 2012, SUNSET LA WELCOME…

On June 19th, 2012, FLYING OVER THE DOME…

over the dome

…this evening after 24 hours checking in on the homefront, and now headed ‘back east’ as they refer to it here ‘out west’ to New York City where I’ll be planting a big round wild edible medicinal herbal pollinator attractor garden (with plants and dirt from McEnroe Organic Farm and the amazing Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farms & Growing Chefs) in the MOMA sculpture garden tomorrow in preparation for a fall premiere installation of Domestic Integrities.

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On May 10th, 2012, PEA HARVEST…

peas in the podded and shelled

…has been on my mind since I first noticed some of those pods plumping up a few weeks ago, and this afternoon I have the gumption to hunt them all down one by one,  then to a stump in the shade to shell, and finally to the kitchen where they go into the the big red pot with everything else looking good today – like kale, parsley, broccoli…

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By Fritz Haeg on May 10, 2012 | food, gardens
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On May 4th, 2012, VEG ON THE ROOF…

veg on the roof

…in their crowded bed – lovingly raked, graded, laid out, and sprinkled with compost just this winter – is dusty green, bright green, lettuce green, strawberry green, onion green, pea green, kale green, calendula green, and a little yellow from the small flowers produced by the beautiful bolting broccoli.

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By Fritz Haeg on May 4, 2012 | gardens
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On May 3rd, 2012, TRIANGLE FRAMED PINE TREE…

geodesic triangle framed pine tree

…out the geodesic dome window from bed this morning is reminding me of Italian days.

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On May 1st, 2012, PEAS, PEAS, PEAS…

Sundown peas on the roof

…yes, yes, yes.

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On April 29th, 2012, A CROCHETED RUG…

Domestic Integrity Field test in browns and orange

…of old clothes from local friends is a new test at home (in shades of brown and a bit of orange for the brown with orange kitchen) with a new loose knotted technique that makes it super thick and cushy and cozy on bare feet, preparing for the new series of Domestic Integrity Field projects soon hitting the road.

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On April 28th, 2012, A ROOFTOP GARDEN REPORT…

late spring rooftop garden bounty

…while looking back at January 16, March 2, and April 7th updates gives me new appreciation for the speed of dirt to wild native fields and dense veg beds.

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On April 27th, 2012, CARDOONS…

cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) drama

…or Cynara cardunculus, are found wildly making their way all over my L.A. hill, and I do my best to encourage their big-leaved purple-thistle-flowered towering drama – and one of these days I have to get around to actually braising those tough stems into something to eat.

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On April 26th, 2012, JUPITER’S BEARD…

Jupiter's Beard on the hill

…or Centranthus ruber, has been creeping around the gardens here for years, looking great and flowering and continually coming back with little encouragement or even a drop of rain through the summer months, and this season it is especially happy – covering the slope at the front steps with it’s happy pink flowers – and after having it around for 12 years, now I find out the leaves and roots are even edible…nice.

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On April 7th, 2012, ANOTHER ROOFTOP GARDEN REPORT…

today's rooftop garden with wildflowers, succulent rocky slopes, and veggies

…follows on the heels of others from Jan 16 and Mar 2, and today the reports are coming in of wildflower blooms, big fat broccoli heads, more kale than a kale-lover can consume, lines of leafy greens getting harder to keep up with by the day, meager strawberry harvests that allow for little more than a nibble on alternate days, onions that are shooting up, snap peas that are climbing the fence and putting out subtle white flowers, plus ambitious collards, early eggplants, and tangy parsley…

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On April 5th, 2012, LUNCH STRAIGHT FROM THE GARDEN…

today's lunch produce

…is the pleasure of late winter L.A., enjoyed as four guests are coming over for a midday meal, so today it will be everything veg for a big pot of soup, plus leafy green salad, and the last of the loquats.

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By Fritz Haeg on April 5, 2012 | food
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