Little Homestead In The City: Two New Videos

Little Homestead In The City: Two New Videos

Jan 10

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URBAN HOMESTEAD
By Anais
IamLosAngeles.com
January 3, 2011

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Fresh vegetables, herbs, honey and new eggs every day; Jules and his family are living the farm life. It’s also a most unconventional lifestyle given that their home is in the middle of Pasadena, California. The family struggles to be as self-sustainable as they possibly can — their car drives on biogas (biodiesel), solar panels power their television, and each day they have fresh food from their own meticulously well-maintained crops.

Jules first began his farming life before moving to Pasadena, when he lived for several years in New Zealand. Jules embarked on his current lifestyle after becoming concerned about how the food industry controlled what he and his family ate. Jules wanted to be more in control and minimize his family’s impact on the environment.

Living this lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to be old fashioned. After a day working on his urban-farm lot, Jules and the rest of the family sit down to watch movies on Netflix or work on one of their many websites. The Dervaes family websites center around the idea of living a greener life, and are some of the biggest websites/communities about urban farming. It’s a growing movement; and a green revolution!

The video below was created by Nicholas Reid & Joris Debeij IamLosAngeles.com

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CITY FARMING IS NOT AN OXYMORON
By Lisa Rau
Square Syndrome
December 23, 2010

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It’s using your yard for more than just grass. That useless, stubborn weed.

One family in Pasadena, Calif., took this idea and ran with it. Nearly every nook and cranny of their yard sprouts something edible. Last year, they grew more than 4,000 pounds of food, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, milk, honey and more. And they live within a stone’s throw of Pasadena’s bustling shopping district.

Check out the video to catch a glimpse of their rural city life, which they’ve dubbed: Urban Homesteading. Sit back and meet Anais, Justin, Jordanne and their father, Jules, who pioneered this movement decades ago.

My 3-minute vid only scratches the surface of the plethora of skills and talents this family puts to work. They’ve had tons of press, but of course, there’s a lot more to them than can be told on camera or in an article.

For the record, Justin makes biodiesel for the family car from used restaurant kitchen grease; Anais cooks up all sorts of food-based products like soap and is an expert at canning; Jordanne is developing a special line of poultry feed to prevent common diseases; and Jules passed down his aesthetic eye to the whole family, who produces stunning, high-quality photography on a regular basis.

Plus, their website is a beautiful hand-coded work of art, filled with a plethora of well-written content, snazzy photos and personal anecdotes. Props to Jordanne for the self-taught design and development skills.

My favorite thing about this family (along with the fact that they’re really, really nice) is their do-it-yourself attitude. They seem to have skipped the gene for complaining. Or laziness. If they need something done, they seem to just go out and do it. I think they see it as a “duh” response to life.

So why do they live in the city? Jules says they’ve always wanted to move out to rural California, but land isn’t cheap. They’re looking to relocate to a bigger farm eventually, but for now, they’ll continue to be a novelty among city dwellers who don’t think twice about using up their plot of land for grass.

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RELATED LINKS:

Little Homestead in the City Website
Little Homestead in the City 2011 Calendar
Video: Urban Homestead

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing my story via SquareSyndrome.com! It’s a pleasure to cover innovations like the urban homesteading movement.

  2. Hi Lisa. Glad to help spread the work. Thanks for your efforts to make more people aware of the Urban Homestead movement. I/we love what they are doing…

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