Too busy to post; instead, cleaning out one of the many “draft postings.”

Top 5 Misconceptions

As we talk with people we find that there are a few things about us and this project that aren’t quite clear. So, I thought it would be a good idea to clear up such misinformation or preconceptions.

1. We are monetarily benefiting from all the publicity that the project is receiving.

Fact: Nope, in fact it’s just the opposite. We currently don’t make money from this site, nor do we have anything (right now) that we can sell as the result of the free publicity (a book or video).  Unlike our produce & edible flower business (established in 1995 which gives us enough income to live comfortably and simply), PTF is unfortunately NOT paying for itself at this time.

Right now, we are working on ideas that would make PTF stand on its own two feet.

2. We’ve taken an accredited class or course.

Fact: No, we have NOT taken any accredited class or course: master gardening, permaculture, web design, video, biodiesel, etc.,etc. We just do it and are proud to be “uncertified” — no certificates, papers, or accreditations in these fields.  

3. We are new to this path/way of life.

Fact: For over thirty years a common thread of simple living was part of the founder’s life. Path to Freedom was the result of his stewardship commitment and is just one step in a long journey.

4. PTF is a non profit organization.

Fact: Path to Freedom is family run and operated, not a non profit organization. On this urban homestead we try to stand on our own two feet, growing our own food and working with our hands.The urban homestead project does not rely on grants, memberships, tour fees, income from lectures or speaking engagementsor donations to support the work. In addition, PTF does not rely on the use of ads or advertisingto support the maintenance and hosting of the site.PTF does receive donations for film screenings, events and/or workshops (or from the occasional reader). Such contributions are a bonus which help defray the cost of the many outreach programs.

5. We are liberal/conservative/green/independent, etc

Fact: Non of the above. Unfortunately, society likes to “peg” people – pigeonholing them in this party/group or that. We do have our own views/beliefs; it’s about keeping an open mind and, to do that, we shouldn’t have to “label” ourselves.

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  1. Carla Lynne says:

    Thanks for setting the record straight…

    I especially agree with your last statement. 🙂

  2. Josh says:

    On the sidebar it says this: “Founded by Jules Dervaes in 2001, Path to Freedom is a not for profit, family operated, viable urban homesteading project which is breaking new ground every year.”

    I’m not sure I understand this post and that sidebar.

  3. emily says:

    Very interesting site…found it on

    Is it really a bad thing to be “pigeon-holed” by labels esp such as liberal or progressive? I, personally, feel it’s a good thing to know (esp. knowing where our products come from. Such as, made under excellent working conditions or sweatshop labor). For me, I want to know where a person/group stands.

    For the record, I’m a liberal/progressive/Unitarian. I’m not ashamed to say this and feel it is a blessing and one I’m proud to assert.

    Otherwise, I’m enjoying your site and find it interesting. I hope I don’t sound too wordy in the above…I know labels come with a lot of history/baggage(good/bad/vague/etc). For myself, I think it’s empowering to say what and where a person stands for.

  4. Anais says:

    Hi Josh,

    To clarify, Path to Freedom is NOT a business and we do not make any profit from PTF. However, PTF is not an “official” non profit.

    We make a living running a family home business selling produce and crafts.

    PTF documents our family’s journey on the path to freedom.

    Now we have an official non profit under Dervaes Institute that will allow folks to donate and suppor the outreach work of PTF.

    Hope this clears things up.