Ecological design center for a resilient community.


ZANJA MADRE IS A NON-PROFIT 501 (C)(3) ORGANIZATION BASED IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY THAT AIMS TO IMPART HOW THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES. 


1875 Archaeological Assessment of Cultural Resources

We will provide classes, workshops, installations and exhibitions centered around the landscape including, watershed, food-shed, land, earth and street art at our 30,000 square foot space called THE SHED in Northwest Pasadena.

We want to impart the knowledge that the landscape is one of the first opportunities to repair decades of poor design practices and policies. Barren landscapes in turn create barren communities, which have led to increased violence, health disparities, and the depletion of fresh water supplies, increased urban runoff and groundwater pollution. 

INSPIRED BY THE NAME OF THE ORIGINAL EARTHWORK AQUEDUCT THAT BROUGHT WATER FROM THE LA RIVER IN 1781. THE ZANJA MADRE WAS A LOW IMPACT SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT WATER FOR BOTH DOMESTIC AND IRRIGATION USE FOR THE “PUEBLO DE NUESTRA SENORA LA REINA DE LOS ANGELES.”

Zanja Madre is a local historic metaphor for the eternal spring of renewal and community. To remind Angelenos of a geographic history and to inspire socially responsible sustainable landscapes that encourage health, safety, community, connection, and recharge local groundwater supplies, and encourage water conservation. 

 

Since 2012 we have been working on converting our former commercial auto mechanic shop into a ecologically friendly and inspirational community space. 

We are planning major facility improvements, including installing a green roof with miniature food forest, solar panels, rain barrels, removing asphalt, installing green living walls, rain garden and converted shipping container workshops and studios, as well as other improvements that will provide a sustainable demonstration site for Northwest Pasadena, Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley.