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“In our society growing food ourselves has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can—and will- overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world — we change ourselves.” Jules Dervaes, Founder (1947-2016)


Modern Pioneers

Our highly productive Urban Homestead project is now widely considered a successful one-of-a-kind model for sustainable agriculture and living in an urban environment.

Our family home, the Urban Homestead, has been featured on thousands of blogs, dozens of TV shows (CNN, National Geographic & Sundance Channel , CBS News, ABC Nightline, Oprah and many more) and hundreds of print articles, including, LA Times,  NY Times, Times of India, and Faz –  just to name a few.

Since 2001, our blog “Little Homestead in the City,” has shared first-hand stories of our family’s struggles and joys, defeats and successes on our homesteading journey.

We hope that by documenting our personal experiences  we can offer encouragement to those who are striving to live a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle and create a new model for urban living.

Pounds of Food on 1/10th Acre in Pasadena, CA


“Progress starts with envisioning a new (yet old) lifestyle with the home as central to all aspects of life—work and leisure, food and energy. So, real progress means bringing the economy, beginning with the food economy, home again. “ Jules Dervaes, Founder (1947-2016)


Small Steps. BIG Impact