EXCLUSIVE LA SCREENING

We received word from producer/director Robert McFalls that he will be holding private screening of the much anticipated documentary, HomeGrown, at a private residence here in Los Angeles on the evening of December 6th.

This is an opportunity for our friends and supporters to meet the producer and subjects of the film.

PTF is offering you a chance to see this film along with us!

Film Screening Details

When: Saturday Dec 6 (6:30 PM)

Where: a private home in Eagle Rock, CA with the producer/director Robert Mcfalls and PTF  (winners will be given the exact home address)

This exclusive opportunity gives us a chance to do some fund raising on our part so that we can continue our presence here on the Internet and grow our community outreach.  With many new projects in the works, like Freedom Gardens, our goal of raising $10,000 this year has fallen considerably short (so far we’ve raised about $3,000). So here’s an opportunity to help us help you grow the future(tm).

How to get your tickets

There are only FIVE “tickets” available

ENTER a fundraising raffle $5.00 a ticket via Pay Pal The more you buy, the more likely your chance to win!  Raffle Ticket Drawing ends Dec 3rd.

Note: Offering three tickets; minimum of 10 entries per ticket awarded

Your payment can be considered a tax deductible donation – so there’s nothing to lose!

If you win

You’ll have a chance to be the first here to see HomeGrown, meet the producer/director and PTF.  Better yet, you’ll be supporting our non profit homegrown efforts in urban sustainability and community building.

Good luck!

Latest Reviews for HomeGrown

Homegrown: A Homestead Family in Modern Day Pasadena  (CIVIL EATS)

The Dervaes family seem like they’ve come from another time. Only instead of on the prairie, they’ve settled within the city limits of Pasadena, where Jules Dervaes and his children Justin, Anais and Jordanne grow over 6,000 pounds of food, power their computers with solar panels and make their own biofuel on a fifth of an acre in the front and back of their house. They are the focus of a new film by Robert McFalls called Homegrown, which tells the story of eco-pioneering, showing viewers a picture of what our not-so-distant future could look like if we were to live up to our eco-ideals.

The story is a simple one: Jules Dervaes dreamt of cultivating the land, but found himself living in the city without the means to resettle somewhere with acreage. One day, after years of thinking about leaving, he decided instead to do away with his lawn, which he considered too much upkeep for very little return. So the family began to grow edible flowers, later moving onto food and animals (they have chicken, geese and goats). Once they got on this track to self-sufficiency, it was easy to jump to changes in the way energy was being used on their homestead.

Though the film paints a captivating portrait, the poignancy of Homegrown doesn’t rest on this particular family’s ambitions as much as it delivers a new vision of the future food system. What the Dervaes are doing, in some ways, is not new. At one point in recent human history (in my case, my grandparents all grew up on farms) we knew our way around a garden patch. Instead, this film shows that after the industrial revolution has come and gone, and the infrastructure that made us great is already in place, our cities having sprawled, how will we reclaim land and provide for ourselves in a world without easy oil? We will, by necessity, have to get smart about our consumption. We will have to make better use of urban space for garden plots. The Dervaes are so admirable precisely because their effort shows that growing enough to feed a family and more is possible with less land than we’d assumed. In other words, they make a great model.

This is the first film by director Robert McFalls, who spoke at the screening at Green Screens, a regular environmental films showcase at Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. He said he was looking for a story about family and persistence. As a food policy wonk, I could have used more specifics on the food, the planting and planning. But then, after saying that to myself at the end of the film, I realized that the Dervaes have a helpful website that could fill in those blanks for me.

Living in the city is at once the most and least ecological choice; you must endure the pollution, crowded conditions and lack of land but you don’t need a car to go to the farmer’s market, and are in contact with like-minded people with whom you can set-up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Many, including Michael Pollan and Vandana Shiva, are now speaking out on the three-fold energy, food and global warming crisis, saying that these three issues are so intimately connected that they must be dealt with together, and right now. In their way, the Dervaes are doing exactly that. Their genius in growing food in the city is the ability to sell it to local restaurants, creating a relationship between a chef who must have food to serve in order to stay open, and an urban farmer who brings produce by bike or biodiesel car.

But their life is by no means easy. They don’t take vacations, or buy many foods they don’t grow themselves. They often eat the same things again and again. And I could not help but wonder why the grown-up Dervaes children don’t have significant others, and whether or not they will ever move out of their father’s home. Maybe the Dervaes are re-thinking community too, while they are at it. Should we stay close to our families, and create support networks, maybe we would be better adjusted and happier than our doppelganger typing away in a skyscraper cubicle. But it brings into question the notion that President-elect Obama has brought up in his speeches: will we be willing to sacrifice in order to better the planet for all of its inhabitants? Or will we keep going at the rate we are now and see what happens?

Perhaps what we are seeing in Homegrown is a future food system in the making, where, instead of sprawling fields, everyone has a little bit of earth planted.

Comments(16)

  1. Chris says:

    The article was great, as usual for this site. It’s really too bad that more town authorities don’t leave people alone who have this desire. I think the only problem would arise, if someone didn’t take care of their animals properly. Then city officers should get involved. The diversity that having a large garden and animal’s brings to a town,out-ways any inconvenience and brings more security to homeowners and neighbors. During the 30’s gardens were everywhere. We have a 3 day supply of food in the stores! We need gardens and animals on the small scale where ever we live! What happened to people in hurricane Katrina can happen again! Let’s not get complacent about the government feeding and taking care of us. They are lozy at that kind of thing. My heart goes out to those who were affected by Katrina and all other things like that. The Dervaes family have the right idea! And are the living proof of their labors. However there are still pitfalls for living in town, such as if the electric goes off all over town, sewer lines fill up and overflow,water will not flow forever, people start to steel what does not belong to them. I too am living in town right now, but can’t wait to get out of town! In the mean time I will keep busy and garden till I leave. I have read that if you have solar, and are hooked into the power grid, and that grid goes down, so does your solar. Is this true? How would one dispose of ones own human waste?Do people like the Dervaes have shut off valves for the human waste that would back up in the lines, once elec. is off for extended length of time? These things could be better handled in the country, but maybe not insurmountable in the city as well, as long as they are planned for. Thanks for everything, C

  2. Chris says:

    The article was great, as usual for this site. It’s really too bad that more town authorities don’t leave people alone who have this desire. I think the only problem would arise, if someone didn’t take care of their animals properly. Then city officers should get involved. The diversity that having a large garden and animal’s brings to a town,out-ways any inconvenience and brings more security to homeowners and neighbors. During the 30’s gardens were everywhere. We have a 3 day supply of food in the stores! We need gardens and animals on the small scale where ever we live! What happened to people in hurricane Katrina can happen again! Let’s not get complacent about the government feeding and taking care of us. They are lozy at that kind of thing. My heart goes out to those who were affected by Katrina and all other things like that. The Dervaes family have the right idea! And are the living proof of their labors. However there are still pitfalls for living in town, such as if the electric goes off all over town, sewer lines fill up and overflow,water will not flow forever, people start to steel what does not belong to them. I too am living in town right now, but can’t wait to get out of town! In the mean time I will keep busy and garden till I leave. I have read that if you have solar, and are hooked into the power grid, and that grid goes down, so does your solar. Is this true? How would one dispose of ones own human waste?Do people like the Dervaes have shut off valves for the human waste that would back up in the lines, once elec. is off for extended length of time? These things could be better handled in the country, but maybe not insurmountable in the city as well, as long as they are planned for. Thanks for everything, C

  3. Angie Burgess says:

    Ok Robert, so when do we get to see the film? It’s been creating talk and excitement and we’re already willing to drive to Pasadena or West Covina or even further. P-l-e-a-s-e hurry up and show the film, the public is waiting. You have a hit on your hands already so holding out is now just cruel Looking forward to the day that the email comes to announce the showing. Light …. Angie Burgess

  4. Angie Burgess says:

    Ok Robert, so when do we get to see the film? It’s been creating talk and excitement and we’re already willing to drive to Pasadena or West Covina or even further. P-l-e-a-s-e hurry up and show the film, the public is waiting. You have a hit on your hands already so holding out is now just cruel Looking forward to the day that the email comes to announce the showing. Light …. Angie Burgess

  5. jengod says:

    It’s probably just my computer, but the PayPal link doesn’t seem to be working.

  6. jengod says:

    It’s probably just my computer, but the PayPal link doesn’t seem to be working.

  7. Sue says:

    If I win the eBay auction, can I bring my husband?

  8. Sue says:

    If I win the eBay auction, can I bring my husband?

  9. Nate says:

    I would love to see this film, but I can’t go to California, or New York, or the other places it has shown. Any news on when a dvd will be produced?

    Nate
    http://slcveggies.blogspot.com

  10. Nate says:

    I would love to see this film, but I can’t go to California, or New York, or the other places it has shown. Any news on when a dvd will be produced?

    Nate
    http://slcveggies.blogspot.com

  11. Jan McQuain says:

    Very interesting. I wonder if this family would have the time to teach others (for a fee of course!) I’d sure like to develop a good urban garden on my small property. Then perhaps I could turn around and help someone else.

  12. Jan McQuain says:

    Very interesting. I wonder if this family would have the time to teach others (for a fee of course!) I’d sure like to develop a good urban garden on my small property. Then perhaps I could turn around and help someone else.

  13. Stan McClain says:

    If I just want to BUY some tickets to Saturday’s screening, how much are they?

    Pasadena Stan

  14. Stan McClain says:

    If I just want to BUY some tickets to Saturday’s screening, how much are they?

    Pasadena Stan

  15. Alan Latteri says:

    I just want 2 tickets, no hassle. Can you just make fixed ticket prices.

  16. Alan Latteri says:

    I just want 2 tickets, no hassle. Can you just make fixed ticket prices.

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