Hello World

We apologize for our long blogging  absence.  I know y’all are probably wondering “where the heck did they go?”  And that’s a very good question!   Given that our site is nearly 15 years old and MASSIVE, the server was about near worn out.   It all started about about two years ago when the server started showing signs of slowing down and also experiencing data corruptions which left it susceptible to occurring viruses, rss feed failure,  etc, etc.

For the last year, Jordanne (& with the help of our cousin) has been moving the entire data base and hundreds of thousands of emails from the old server and onto a new one.   Of course, being such a large DIY undertaking, this sort of job was continuously interrupted by life and homestead happenings.  So while they were moving the database, I wasn’t able to login to the blog.

Good news the move is complete and now they are at tirelessly at work on the second part of operation – rebuilding and redesigning a whole new website.   And we definitely need a new website to put all the new programs and services we now offer to the community.

Now if you have been following us on Facebook, Instagram you have seen what we’ve been up to in 2014 – too many to list!

It’s good to be back and we look forward to sharing 2015 with you.

1985-2015 Celebrating 30 Years of Homesteading in the City


  1. Anita says:

    Welcome Back!!!!
    Will look forward to reading about your adventures here!!!!
    Just realised you’re on Twitter…….great fun.
    After all these years, I still find your lifestyle an inspiration and an example for others to help find their own Path To Freedom!!!
    Anita xx

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, yes I have missed your presence on the blog. I know your family has been busy with many other activities on the Urban Homestead. The weekly hootenannies have blossomed into a big event each week that I would guess requires a lot of time. The classes on food preservation and other things as well as operating the food stand are all time requiring things. I certainly have missed the blogs about the workings of the garden and animals. Hopefully, we can one again hear about how to grow more in less space.

    A couple years ago you mentioned some thing about acquiring a new spot for Urban growing. Has that been scrapped or is it still in the works? It would be great to see how to start an urban project like yours from scratch.

    I hope all your website issues are small and that the new site will last for many years.

    Have a great sunny California day from snow covered below zero Nebraska.

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      Aw, thanks. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

  3. Gillian says:

    Hi Dervaes family. This is a fan from Jamaica. A suggestion: Please create a cooking video series showing preparation of your recipes using of course organic produce from your gardens.

  4. Doug Jamieson says:

    Hello Dervaes Family,

    I just found out about you guys a few days ago and am really excited to see what you have been up to! My partner & I are working on a similar project in central British Columbia, Prince George to be exact, and take heart in your efforts and direction. Thanks for showing so many viable ways to make a difference in your community – our community!

    I will devour the info on the website and see how it can apply to what we are doing in Prince George, BC.

    Again, many thanks for your efforts and your willingness to openly share your education and best practices – very inspiring!

    Is it ok to embed your Youtube video into a presentation for some local community groups – just so my local community knows that there are viable answers to most of the questions they can think of?

    Sincere thanks – keep up the transformational work!

    In enthusiastic support of your activism,

    Doug Jamieson

  5. Candy says:

    I’m really looking forward to your return to blogging about your lifestyle. For a long time now your posts have been just about advertising upcoming events which, although they sound great, are of no real use to people like me who live outside of the USA.
    You guys are a worldwide phenomenon! Please bring back the posts that inspire us all to get out into our backyards!

  6. Bobbi Jo Heller says:

    This is what my goal for my 5 acres has always been but we have 8 months of winter and not a whole lot of sun. Mostly i’m stuck with growing greens.

    Hats off to you and your family for finding such success!

  7. John says:

    Hi, Great job! Do you know of anyone in Haiti who is succeeding with these endeavors?

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