Vintage War Poster

US Tzu Chi 360 two part special on urban farming and why it is better to grow your own and support local farmers.


Special Guest Rachel Franz, the co-founder of Big Apple Edibles

Ching Chy Hsu & Yung Hsu a local California co-op who have turned their own home into an urban farm

The Dervaes family who have transformed their home into a thriving modern homestead and front porch farm stand.

Part One


Part Two


The urban farming movement is growing!  How are you sowing the future?


  1. Jenny says:

    We just bought an acreage and plan to move out this summer. We’re looking forward to a much larger garden, chickens, and other small livestock. I have really enjoyed your site and gleaned a lot of beneficial information from it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Gigi says:

    Very nice videos. We’ve been trying to make our small farm more efficient with the space we have. In addition, we are developing a tank to preheat the water before the water goes to the hot water heater. Solar panels are in the queue. We are working toward a greater self sufficiency in all areas. We are getting there, but it takes time and a lot of work.

  3. Joyness Sparkles says:

    What great videos! Thank you for being so real that it is not a fun fair, but rather is sometimes difficult. I appreciate that. We are just getting started. We just moved into an apartment (this month) with a balcony for which I have plans. At our Community Garden, we just got a second plot at no charge as the previous tenants let it go to all Johnson Grass and needs to be dug out by hand. We will use this one for grains. I am so excited! Thank you for more inspiration. xoxoxoxoxox

  4. Ginger says:


    Pioneers are often misunderstood in their own generation but venerated in the future. You are a pioneer with your family. Try to focus on people that like you. Your work is truly inspiring to millions. Forget the trolls.

  5. elaine nieves says:

    Excellent videos. I really enjoyed seeing how your business and garden is just growing by leaps and bounds! You are obviously filling a need that exists in your community. You and your family seem to derive great satisfaction growing organic produce in your garden. Hopefully you all will continue into the future with great success.

  6. Radhika says:

    Great Vintage Poster! I love: “Make saving, not spending, your social standard”. Apt words for this day and age.

  7. Nebraska Dave says:

    Dervaes family, very nice videos of your philosophy of life. You are not have great family dynamics, but also display a great lifestyle model. I really don’t know how you have time to do everything, oh, yeah, no TV. :0) You have been a great inspiration to me here in Nebraska to farm small. Although my backyard raised beds will be going through change since I have my bigger garden now. I’m so glad to be able to follow your journey though the blog that you have chosen to maintain through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thank you so much for pioneering the way to show the rest of us that it can be done with patience and endurance.

    I’m not sure where Jordanne picked up the cute little dialect but it suits her. I very much enjoyed the videos of how your family lives and works together. A hundred years ago that’s how all families lived but in today’s world the cubicle seems to be the way of life. Thank God I am out of that world and into inner city gardens.

    Have a great homestead and front porch day.

    • Nebraska Dave says:

      Sorry, I need to read my posts a little better before posting. Let me clarify the statement “You are not have great family dynamics, but also display a great lifestyle model.” What I meant to say was “You not only have great family dynamics, but also display a great lifestyle model.” :0)

  8. Maria says:

    Your homestead seems like heaven to me.


  9. Cathy says:

    I follow you a lot. What will happen to our back yard farms with the new laws being passed. And what do you think about the persons across the nation that local code enforcement departments are fining homeowners for front yard gardens.

  10. Laura says:

    I have been a gardener for all my life. However, I’m older now. I really want to garden intensively and sell my produce. My problem is I don’t have enough energy and strength to truck in tons of manure and fill. How can I garden without moving tons of dirt and stuff and still be successful? I live in Oregon on the Coast. Nice for brassicas, but tons of grass and slugs. Thank you so much. You are an inspiration!

  11. Wendy says:

    4 years ago I saw the video of your homestead and it inspired my family to make massives changes the result being us having a little farm around our surburban home. We always are inspired by what you have done and do, thank you.

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