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Residents share ecovillage community in Pacific Beach

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Take a look around the La Case ecovillage and you might think you’re on a farm.

“La Case is an Italian word that means the houses,” said Daniela Carpano. “We have four chickens and you get about three to four eggs a day in the spring and summer.”

Carpano originally is from Italy. She and her husband, Manzur Rahman, own the ecovillage on two adjacent parcels on Tourmaline Street in Pacific Beach.

They share the property with up to eight roommates, who do their fair share of chores to maintain what some call an intentional community.

“We have been experimenting with different types of composting. In an urban setting, it's difficult,” Carpano said.

“The best part is the community for me and knowledge that we're lowering our ecological footprint,” said Rahman.

Switzerland native, Joelle Turrian, and her husband, Nima Riahi, have lived at the ecovillage for a year and a half.

“What doesn't go to the chickens goes to the compost. We try to give everything to the chickens,” Turrian said.

“We also eat dinner regularly together so you have these fixed points in the week where we're having a social event with people you know, people you trust,” said Riahi.

Each resident contributes to a community food fund in addition to monthly rent.

“We supplement with a box from community agriculture. It's a local farm. They send us a box of vegetables every week,” said Carpano.

The residents also collect rainwater for the garden and fertilize with compost to sustain their vegetarian environment.

“If you just share an apartment, you might cook together or might not,” said Turrian.

“Here it’s different. You're all in this boat together because you want to achieve something better,” she said.

Carpano and her husband have been operating the ecovillage for the past six years. Both work as professors at the University of San Diego.

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