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At 40, arts teacher Bob Bates was still unsure what to do with his life. The artistic director for Para Los Ninos, a Los Angeles non-profit that caters to at-risk youth, Bates took to meditation to find clarity.
Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne exude the warm confidence you might expect from a couple who shares their Los Angeles home with chickens. Best known to many as Mr. and Mrs. Homegrown on their popular blog Root Simple, Knutzen and Coyne have spent years passing along their wit and wisdom on urban homesteading issues and beyond to eager, enthusiastic readers. Now they're the authors of Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, a cookbook-style DIY manual that covers everything from making your own household cleaner to keeping your own bees.