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.



  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, the interview with your Dad was awesome. It kind of covered several generations of how your family came to be what it is. I’m certain that the family generations of the past would be proud to see how your family has not only survived in the middle of civilization but thrived and set a new successful way to live. I know it certainly has inspired me to higher standards with gardening. I’m three years into urban farming from purchasing foreclosed properties and making them productive. It’s been a challenge but as your Dad has stated over and over, it just doesn’t happen in a year or two. My bigger garden property has a natural spring which I am in progress of developing into irrigation for the garden. You have fences to keep animals and birds in and I have been building a fence to keep animals and birds out. Thanks for sharing about how it all happened.

    Have a great California day in the garden.

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