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Linking L.A.: Manure tea bags making a mint for entrepreneur

March 1, 2010 | 10:59 am

LinkingLA A San Juan Capistrano entrepreneur named Annie Haven has found a unique way to make extra money: manure teabags.

The Orange County Register is reporting that Haven, who has a livestock business, is simply repackaging what her animals already produce to make the bags. Apparently the manure can provide nutrients to flowers and plants, and all you have to do is steep it – just try not to mix it up with your morning Earl Grey:

"'My grandmother brewed manure tea," says Haven, who has lived all her life on Southern California cattle ranches and tomato farms. "I'm growing my green business in this brown economy." Haven tea comes from cattle that are fed grass and no chemicals and no nutrients are added to the manure.

Read the full story here.

Here are some other interesting L.A. items on the Web:

South L.A. girls join school etiquette club: A group of young ladies at Trinity Elementary School have joined the Crown Jewel Club to host tea parties and boost their confidence. KPCC reports:

The club focuses on providing training to 'at-risk girls' with the intent of improving self-esteem and inspiring academic achievement.

A Pink's hot dog. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles TimesEcho Park swap meet persists: Despite continued efforts to shut down the Sunday swap meet at Echo Park, the vendors keep coming back. The Eastsider LA reports:

Residents reported that city workers tossed merchandise and cooking grills into dump trucks waiting nearby. But, after the crews and police departed, the vendors regrouped and returned to display their wares, including racks of jeans and clothes…

Pink's Hot Dogs expands to O.C.: The L.A. hot dog phenomenon has opened its first Orange County outpost. The Orange County Register reports:

Pink's Hot Dogs celebrated its grand opening and first Orange County location at Knott's Berry Farm with celebrity appearances, dachshund races and a hot-dog-eating contest.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Photo: A Pink's hot dog. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times