On a cold, drizzly, gray day in February two chefs were dropped off at the Urban Homestead.

See what happens when they have to whip up a tasty meal with ingredients from the garden and pantry in this “foodie’s” drama.

For “behind the scenes” photos check out our photo montage

Part One


Part Two


Part Three


Part Four


As Seen On

So for those of you who are wondering where you can get supplies for your very own Urban Homestead most of the items featured on the Food Network segment can be purchase at our very own online stores either Peddlers Wagon or Freedom Seeds.

Don’t forget what minimal profit we make from sales helps keep this site going and growing!

Few “featured” items….

Salad Mix, Produce & Preserves – local pick up from our front porch farm-stand

“Organic” Sign – handmade out of recycled materials

Bike Blender – pedal power!

Sun Ovens – low impact cooking

Tromboncino Squash – grow your own

Heirloom Vegetable Seeds – start your own garden!

Preserving Books

The Art of Canning DVD – from our friends the West Ladies of TN

Build Your Own Earth Oven – how to book

Stainless Steel Kitchen Composter – handy counter holder of scraps destined for the compost pile

Wire Egg Basket– nifty basket to collect eggs

Want to start your own intensive garden?  Check out HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES

Wire Harvest Basket – great for harvesting and washing veggies

Scissors – we use these shears in the garden on a daily basis

Keeping Chickens & other Citified Farm Animals

New Blog

Note, we are (if all goes well) upgrading the blog this week so expect some down-time as we launch the new blog!

Chocolate, coffee and encouragement would be appreciated.


  1. allie says:

    I thought the show was great and really showed off your homestead. It was an interesting challenge and one that it would do as all good to try no matter what aprt of our walk we are on. Keeps it real!

  2. Chris says:

    Hubby and I so enjoyed the show! The chefs were just a hoot! The look on their faces when Jules told them they were cooking off the grid was hysterical! Not to mention the chef holding up your trombicino (sp?) squash in TOTAL disbelief. The meals looked scrumptious, the gardens were gorgeous. As wonderful as the chefs did, I still would have rather watched a one hour show or DVD with Jules and Justin “working the garden” and Anais and Jordanne “in the kitchen”.

    Anyway, fantastic exposure, very entertaining, educational in promoting an Organic Utopia and just so inspiring! I started “as an experiment”, one of the cucumber seeds from your site in a pot on my NE enclosed Sunporch (with southern exposure) about 5 weeks ago. The plant in a pot was like 8 feet tall last week. I’m trying to topiary it as an experiment for the fall/winter “growing OG 365” aka Will Allen at Fuhget about it .. my experience OG gardener mentor made me lop off the top 12 inches last week telling me “you are not going to get on a step ladder to harvest cucumbers… this cucumber plant is growing like crazy!” I also planted a bush bean seed from you at the base and it sprouted within the week with no inoculants. Don’t walk .. run to and get your seeds. It isn’t too late! I’m having so much fun with your seeds, have shared them with fellow OG gardeners and can’t wait to see what happens on the East Coast with such different growing conditions! Thank you for all that you do!

  3. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    I’m so glad you shared the videos. Wonderful! Wonderful!

  4. Anita says:

    I watched the show on Food Network. I wish you had been featured for the entire hour. Any chance Food Network will do a segment featuring only your Urban Homestead and the cooking that you do? I would love that.

  5. Janice says:

    That was fun to watch! Thanks for sharing! Your garden looks AMAZING! The food the Chefs made looked scrumptious! Did you all get to try some?

  6. Talithia says:

    Great! ESP. since we don’t have cable. Ya’ll don’t breed and milk your goats.??????????

  7. Michelle (GardeningMichelle) says:

    Great show!! and how wonderful to see the urban homestead! Yall truly are an inspiration!!

  8. judy says:

    Thanks you so much for posting this. I really enjoyed watching them all. And I’m glad your items were showcased so well. Oh, for that cookbook!

  9. Janet says:

    Excellent show! Thanks for posting!

  10. Bob says:

    PRO’S: Great Show !!!!

    Con :My wife said” Look how neat and clean and straight and organized their gardens are ?

    I do not think she understands the laws of large numbers.
    Four healthy full time farmers versus one old, fat, part time piddler.

    Now off to pick up that plant trey that blew up against the fence . Small steps, lol

    Thanks , bob

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  12. Susan says:

    I’m so glad you had this on your blog! I don’t have cable so I was sorry I’d have to miss the show.

  13. Kris says:

    Chef Brian was hilarious, and Chef Manoushka looked like she was a lot of fun too. Of all the chefs on the show, they seemed like the most likeable and good to work with.

    I second the previously expressed opinion of wishing there was an entire show of nothing but life on the Dervaes Homestead. There are so many people now trying to grow more of their own food, and manage small livestock in their backyards, you probably would get a lot of viewers if you had a show about how manage an urban homestead (tend the animals, grow the food, cook the food w/o electricity, manage the compost pile, make your yummy homemade vegetarian meals, etc.) Has anyone floated this idea to the Food Network? If not you should! Your show would be a whole lot more practical, educational, and inspirational than Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. 🙂

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