The Urban Homestead project sprouted in 1985 and is located in the middle of Pasadena, California. It is a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and living in an urban area.

  From this bountiful one-tenth of an acre city lot, the Dervaes Family grows and sells seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers thru their Farm Box Program.

Online since 2001, the Dervaes Family pioneered the modern homesteading movement, inspiring millions worldwide to take small steps towards a more sustainable life no matter where they lived

Growing the Future

In 2006  the late Jules Dervaes Jr (1947-2016) founded the Dervaes Institute to further promote “creation care”  through simple living and sustainability.

In 2017 the Dervaes Institute is growing forward by transforming homes into homesteads through  its education and outreach programs.  Dervaes Institute’s mission is to “re envision a new (yet old) lifestyle with the home as building block central to all aspects of life—work and leisure, food and energy.”

With  your donations to the Dervaes Institute,  the Urban Homestead’s Sustainable Resource Programs provides education and homesteading through its website, workshops and classes for all ages and  opportunities for  internships and volunteers .  

Through its outreach efforts, the Institute hopes to sow hope and restore the relationships of families and community to achieve wellness, wholeness and worthiness.

Thank you !

Help Us Grow

Your online donation is to the Dervaes Institute and is tax-deductible.

Dervaes Institute, established August 18, 2006, is an earth-care ministry and a California Corporation Sole under California Corporations Code Section 10000-10015 and is tax exempt under IRS Code § 508(c)(1)(A).

DONATE!  Your contribution is being put to work using the ‘teach a man to fish’ principle. Your donation goes directly to fund our community and online outreach program.

LEARN! Sign up for a workshop .

SUPPORT! Become a patron of our podcast.

BUY!  Locally grown produce through our Farm Box Program

SHARE! With your family and friends via Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram,

SPONSOR! Directly sponsor one of our wishlist projects.

RECYCLE! Donate used new or used items for a purpose.

Disclaimer: Farm box, podcast sponsors, event sales, website ads are part of the for profit business of Urban Homestead Inc. Donations and outreach programs are part of the non profit earth care ministry of Dervaes Institute and is tax exempt under IRS Code § 508(c)(1)(A).

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