The power of ONE. One brochure and its inspiring effect.

Here are excerpts from an email we received from the M Family of Southern California:

The Dervaes Family,

We were given your brochure by a friend who purchases Jerusalem artichokes, which you grow, from the Redlands farmers market. He gave us the brochure as we have been speaking, and working towards, an almost identical vision of what we see on your website. We once read the opposite of courage is conformity, and we would be lying if we did not admit we held on to some fears causing us to, in small measure, conform. But your family has inspired us and we will follow our intuition without waver in the future.

….We know pessimism is not the eyeglass we should be viewing life through, but if humans do not change the way they live, we fear our future looks bleak. As Ghandi said, “be the change you want to see in life.”

In recent years, our urban homesteading lifestyle has been featured by a few media outlets. Now, that urban sustainability movement is really taking off.

What started out as a family, a home, a garden has developed into a revolution. More and more people are exiting off the freeway of life and joining us on the path as we journey towards a more sustainable present and future.

Back in 2001 when we started documenting our urban self-sufficiency journey online, we were the first and only urban homesteading “blog” on the internet. PTF is still the largest, non commercial, truly urban, urban homesteading site on the internet.

After seven years, the NEW YORK TIMES finally found us (yep, they stumbled on our site) and is doing a printed and video piece on our urban homestead. This Sunday April 20th the New York Times Magazine special “Green” issue will feature a small article plus accompanying video about PTF.

Locally, this Thursday, THE PASADENA WEEKLY will also feature an article about our journey towards a more sustainable life.

Now, more than ever, with rising food costs, climate change and the cost of living, we are trying our best to be the change, by living the solution. The future is now, the choice is ours.

The M Family’s email concludes with this statement:

You are that change, and this email is to let you know, I feel you are changing the world. You have changed us.

So, you, too, can help others. PTF is offering downloads of a flyer you can print and share. Be that friend.

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: GM $10 a most grateful thank you for your continued support, your donations are greatly appreciated and are helping us grow the future by making improvements to this site and extending our outreach. This month, donations are greatly needs to help fund our Earth Day activities so once again support is greatly appreciated.

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  1. Gerry Medland says:

    Hi Folks!,
    It is not the obstacles that life presents that stumble folk,it’s how we respond to those obstacles that matters most.Sitting on the fence gets nobody nowhere!At age 57 I am more radical now than ever thanks to a focused mindset of have trowel,will plant something!PTF are responsible life changers,have the courage to grasp hold of the Living knowledge within these pages!Well done PTF! Sharing shows YOU truly care about folk!
    love and blessings,gerry m

  2. Robbyn says:

    Finding your site and seeing what you’re doing certainly changed our lives, and encouraged us to begin NOW with changes we CAN do. I thank you. And I recommend your site to anyone who’ll listen 🙂

  3. Anais says:

    Greetings Gerry & Robbyn

    Thanks for sharing! You guys are great. You are both examples of how people can be the change. Keep on walking the walk.

    Wishing you all the best on your journey.

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