A Family In the City…. An Urban Homestead…. A Homegrown Revolution

In the midst of densely urban downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family has been transforming their home into an urban homestead. They harvest three tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden, while incorporating back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel. 

For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an Urban Homestead project. They harvest nearly 3 tons of organic food from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, as well as solar energy and biodiesel. (Film’s Runtime 15:44)

Award Winning & Inspiring

The original version of Homegrown Revolution was made in three days for a lecture Jules Dervaes gave at the University of California Los Angeles in October 2007 on the topic of Slow Food. It received a wildly enthusiastic response from the students and, subsequently, attracted an avid following on YouTube it got the attention of several local and worldwide film festivals.

Not only did our little film win a slew of awards but brought entire audience to their feet and tears in their eyes.  We are humbled by the impressive impact Homegrown Revolution had in  the film festivals both nationally and internationally. It  was never created for a film festival circuit but has a true homegrown, homemade story behind its creation.

This film has inspired millions around the world to pick up a trowel and start a Homegrown Revolution in their own back and front yards.

List of screenings and awards

About the Filmmakers

hgrcoverSince the mid-1980s, the Dervaes family, have steadily worked to transform their ordinary city lot in Pasadena, California, into a thriving organic garden that supplies them and their “citified” backyard farm animals with food year round.

These modern day homesteading pioneers also run a successful business selling fresh produce to local restaurants and the community.  Not only are they successful at growing their own food, but a community too.  Thru their extensive website, homestead events and countless skill share workshops they are inspiring folks to take matters into their own hands and be the change they wish to see.

Since their first press article in 2002, the Urban Homestead project has been featured on thousands of blogs, dozens of  tv appearances  (Sundance, CBS News, ABC Nightline, Oprah and many more) and hundreds of print including, LA Times,  NY Times, Times of India,  Germany Faz – to name a few

Homegrown Revolution was a collaborative project done by Jules, Anais, Justin and Jordanne with each member taking part in the filming, editing and structure of the film.