This month, we (Weston A Price Pasadena Chapter) had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Anais and Jordanne Dervaes of the Urban Homestead, a family-operated city micro farm and sustainable living resource center. The Dervaes sisters generously spent their evening enlightening us on the growing urban homesteading movement and providing a glimpse into their lifelong journey toward self-sufficiency.
“People think food magically appears on the table,” remarked Anais during the presentation. A big part of a sustainable lifestyle is being a conscientious consumer. Do you know your farmer personally? The sisters encouraged us to celebrate the seasons and appreciate what it takes to grow food and get it to the table, especially in light of the current drought.
In its continuing search to find citizens who are doing things to improve themselves, their families, communities, cities, states and country, the folks at CFPUP conducted a lengthy interview with Jules Dervaes, the patriarch of the Urban Homestead in Pasadena, California. Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Urban Homestead project is a family operated and highly productive city farm. It is also a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and eco living in urban areas.
The initial intention was to create a 20 - 30 minute segment. However, the interview was so rich with information and insights on sustainable and resilient living, we couldn't bring ourselves to edit to much less than 50 minutes. So here in its entirety is our interview between Steve Lamb of CFPUP and Jules Dervaes.