Saturday, October 22, 2016

Storefront Report: Highland Park design boutique caters to the urban farmer

Photo courtesy Earthflow

By Nathan Solis

With our agreeable weather, urban gardeners are fairly common in Southern California . But urban farmers might require a little bit of help. That’s where Earthflow Urban Design Works comes in to help facilitate a drought-tolerant oasis, an edible garden or maybe even the building of a chicken coop in your backyard.

Designer chicken coop/Earthflow

The Highland Park landscape boutique, which held a grand opening on Sunday,  looks to offer home and garden gifts, tools and other articles, along with some artisanal foods. Owners Barbara Hass and Larry Santoyo will also offer workshops on transforming water-hungry lawns into more sustainable gardens, in what the boutique calls its “Swansong for the Lawn” crash course.

“It seems that so many new families are moving into this side of town and are interested in providing fresh, home grown produce for their children,” Hass says of the Northeast Los Angeles.

Along with Santoyo’s landscaping background, Earthflow Urban Design Works will also offer products from Chivas Skincare, Granola Mama, Ten Good Sheep soaps, chicken coops from Urban Garden Workshop, including works from local artists and plenty more eco-conscious vendors.

Earthflow Urban Design Works
7101 N Figueroa

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.

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  1. Isn’t that in Eagle Rock?

  2. It is in Eagle Rock.

    Super excited about this new place. Will shop there often.

  3. According to LA City and Eagle Rock Neighborhood council, it’s Eagle Rock.


  4. Zip codes do not indicate city or neighborhoods; they were established by the USPS in 1963 to route mail only (Eagle Rock and Highland Park were both established long before 1963). I live in the Eagle Rock boundaries and my zip code is 90042.

    See map:

  5. I do not need soaps, skincare products, granola, chicken coops imported from Marin, or another fancy-schmancy gift shop to support my gardening habit.

    What this neighborhood needs is a feed store like good old Verdugo Pet Show, somewhere to pick up straw bales, mealworms, diatomaceous earth, maybe a .quality pair of pruning shears. I’d be a loyal customer to the hardware store or nursery that figures out this lucrative market. In the meantime, I have to drive to Glendale, San Gabriel, etc.

    • Hi RMD,
      Just in reply to your post- I know you commented awhile back, so I hope that you can reply to this question I have. I live in Eagle Rock and still have yet to find a really good nursery. I need to get some potting soil and a potted Spruce for Christmas, and a decent handsaw to do some pruning, and I am pretty close to driving over to Sunset Nursery in Silverlake, though I am not even sure if that is a great nursery. Do you have any advice as to which store is good in the area? You mentioned one in Glendale? Thank you!

  6. I think it’s great this part of Figueroa is being developed and supporting new eco-conscious business in our neighborhood(s) can only be a good thing. Wish more people were as adventurous and creative.

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