• Wild & Scenic Film Festival cooks up a food theme (The Union)

      December 24, 2009 There is no farmer film more impressive than the story of the Dervaes family. Needing good farmer stories is basic, almost like needing food. The film “Homegrown” tells the story of a farm scrunched around a 1500-square-foot home less than a mile from downtown Pasadena. It butts next to the intersection […]

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  • Dervaes Family of Urban Homestead (CBC Radio)

    One family has gone off the grid but hasn’t moved anywhere. In fact, they live on a city lot — a model of self-sustaining ingenuity. Radio audio set to photos from the Dervaes Family Urban Homestead. Radio interview by Jennifer Westaway of CBC Radio

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  • Take control of your food – grow it yourself (Associated Press)

    By CLARKE CANFIELD Associated Press Writer SCARBOROUGH, Maine – During World War II, the government urged Americans to plant “victory gardens,” backyard plots of fruits and vegetables that were supposed to ease reliance on the war-strained public food supply. Today, Roger Doiron is repeating that call, this time to ease the strain of industrial agriculture […]

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  • Bringing Home the Green (Pasadena Star News)

    By Emanuel Parker PASADENA – Whenever you rehab, replace something or make an addition to your home, it’s an opportunity to go green. That was the message Thursday at a city-sponsored workshop, Greening Your House Part II, at the Art Center College of Design. About 70 people attended the two-hour workshop and learned how to […]

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  • O, Pioneers in Pasadena (LA TIMES)

    One family unplugs from technology and lives off the land. Even the blender is pedal-powered. January 25, 2007|Joe Robinson | Special to The Times JULES DERVAES can’t help it. He’s afflicted by a condition for which there is no known cure or even a 12-step program, an uncontrollable urge to change his residential surroundings. He […]

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  • Back(yard) to the land / Family grows its meals on tiny urban lot (SF GATE)

    by Justin Clark The Dervaes family grows more than 300 plant species, including fruits, vegetables and flowers, in their compact Pasadena organic garden. Photo by Stephen Dabrowski/Natural Home Magazine For most people, eating organic means a trip to the local whole- foods store and, often, a hit to their wallets. For the Dervaes family, eating […]

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  • Urban Homestead (National Geographic DOOMSDAY PREPPERS)

    Doomsday Preppers, Episode 3 “BACK TO THE STONE AGE” Jules Dervaes and family, Pasadena, California “We’re prepping for the catastrophic collapse of the modern food system.” Jules Dervaes said that he and his three grown children prep because they fear the “catastrophic collapse of the modern food system.” Dervaes talked about farmers moving to genetically-modified […]

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  • Urban Homesteading – Tour (Off Ramp KPCC)

    Urban Homesteading – Tour from David Spancer on Vimeo. A tour of the Urban Homestead in Pasadena. This video is a companion to a piece by Apryl Lundsten for the public radio program “Off-Ramp” on 89.3 KPCC.

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  • The Urban Homestead California Heartland (PBS)

    Jules Dervaes and his three adult children all live and work together on their family farm in Pasadena, CA. They call themselves, eco-pioneers. They say its a homegrown revolution that’s taking place, a way for them to get back to a more natural, organic and better way of life. Their mission? To change the world […]

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  • Urban Homestead – Living the Real Simple Life (ABC Nightline)

    A Family Farm in the Midst of Suburbia  By John Donvan Is it neat, or is it slightly odd that in this Los Angeles community — it’s called Pasadena — a suburban mix of nice restaurants and well-tended front lawns, there is a home wedged in with the other houses where the entire front yard […]

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