In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can–and will–overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world–we change ourselves. ~ Jules Dervaes ~

One yard at a time


Here’s the video links to the lecture Jules Dervaes gave at UCLA’s ESLP class on 4-9-08

The 19th century mantra if you wanted to prosper was … go west.  The frontier offered unlimited opportunities.  But, there were limits.  My advice is to go back young man, go back young woman. Look at what your grandparents and great-grandparents ate? They obviously did something right—you’re sitting here, after all! They lived and carried on their line—it’s up to you now.  – Jules Dervaes

UCLA Lecture now on YOUTUBE:  Part 1  / Part 2   / Part 3 / and coming soon Part 4 (a truly inspirational conclusion!)

A LIVING PROTEST: One family’s fight for food security

It’s a 40 minute lecture (which includes the 10 min Homegrown Revolution piece) that will change the way you think about our current food system.

It’s an incredible presentation (you got to watch them all!), one that will make you think about where our food comes from and who controls the most sacred form of plant life – seeds.

With the recent food shortage, rising food costs (up to 80% ) and food riots, it’s once again time to look back and what brought us here.  Back in 2001 Jules Dervaes took his stand against the GE Starllink Corn food contamination by starting a living protest.   He decided it was time to move beyond 20 years of just planting a “garden” every year and challenged our family to grow our own food — a small step towards urban sustainability and food security.   Today we are eating within a 100 feet of our door, 99% of produce comes from our front and back yard.  Our small garden plot of 1/10 acre yields up to 3 tons of produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs) annually.    In summer time a typical meal will consist of up to 80%-90% homegrown.

Share these videos with everyone you know.   Let’s take back our food system!  Just like the WWII poster of old which rallied citizens with the cry ” OUR FOOD IS FIGHTING”  we once again find ourselves today are in another battle, a battle who controls our food.

UCLA Lecture now on YOUTUBE:  Part 1  / Part 2   / Part 3 / and coming soon Part 4 (a truly inspirational conclusion — one that will leave you… well, just going to have to see for yourself)

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  1. Terri says:

    awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!!! So inspirational.. I have been reading your website for a long time, and although I am a huge fan of the Nearings as well, i find myself living in a suburb that prohibits putting anything BUT a lawn in the front of the house. We have made our yard a wildlife sanctuary in the city, and when people come by they cant believe what they see in our neighborhood…we are a neighborhood of decks, patios and built in pools. We built a pond, and put in shrubs and native plants to foster wildlife (we have had wild turkeys, geese, raccoons, possums, and even a HUGE turtle. We have bats, and plenty of squirrel dreys, and a feral cat community. we dont grow ALOT of food (we grew tons when we lived in the country), but we DO buy local in our state in season and freeze or dry as much as possible for the winter months. I just wish we had a growing season like you do, that would be fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration….cant wait to get the tshirt i ordered so i can show it off to everyone….maybe we can get this revolution started on the east coast too!

  2. Wendy says:

    I watched and I liked. Can’t wait for the ending. I love all your videos.

    I tried to watch the beta 111 video from the link on your Aug. 25th 2006 blog and I couldn’t play it. Don’t know if it is on my end or not. I would really like to see it.
    Thanks for all you do and for taking time out of your very busy days to keep us posted on what’s going on.

    Wendy in Nova Scotia

  3. Debbie says:

    Wow, great lecture. So informative in an easy to understand “you can do it–you should do it” kind of way. Thanks for reaching out to our college students. I loved your saying–you don’t have to do it in dollars…dollars are too easy. You must do it in energy. I think that’s going to be my new motto.

  4. Kory says:


    btw are those leeks in the background of the trowel power picture above?

  5. lavonne says:

    There’s a great article about inner city farmers selling food to their neighbors in the New York Times:

    Looks like it’s happening all over!

  6. Cindy says:

    Awesome videos! We are about to venture into our next educational experience by making our home an urban homestead. As homeschoolers we’re always looking to learn more and this will be a great adventure for our boys 🙂

    So, first thing on Tuesday, I’ll have them watch the lectures! Can’t wait to see #4 – hint, hint 😉

    I am learning so much from your site and now have a large number of families in our homeschool group hooked too! We’re going to do several projects together – like making our own solar ovens and soap.

    Thanks for sharing your journey!

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