Hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving. There’s certainly a lot to be thankful for – continued good health, roof over our heads, family, full cupboards, growing vegetables, funny animals, friends, and more.   We are thankful and very grateful for those of you who supported PTF by purchasing items through ouronline store and those of you who continue to write us with positive and encouraging comments. We are truly blessed to be sharing this path with kindred spirits from all over the world.

Wagon Makeover

The Peddler’s Wagon is re-launched!!!! FYI: There are some design issues and there’s still A LOT of tweaking and polishing going on but for the most part it’s working online store. If you run into any problems or have suggestions we’d appreciate your feedback.
We still have yet to add pdf files for some products in addition to ours and buyers comments regarding certain items (especially ones that PTF has found to be tried and true helpers).   We will be designing a “PTF” button next to items that we use here on our urban homestead with comments and reviews.

Also look for exciting new products to be featured as time goes on (compost toilet, can o worms, composters, seeds and an assortment of “back to basics” books, cloth bags and so forth).   In addition, we have a few things to work on ourselves like: a calendar, “weapons of mass creation” t shirt, garden and animal care ledgers, recipe book, variety of kits, and a series of “how to’s.”

We want to extend a huge thanks to JB for her help. Not bad for two weeks worth of work?



(Pasadena, Calif.) — Path to Freedom has opened an online store offering products useful for today’s homesteaders seeking a simpler and more sustainable way of life, available .
Peddler’s Wagon products include ollas (clay pots) for irrigation and landscaping, seeds, gardening implements, solar ovens and grain mills, glass and stainless steel kitchen wares, fair trade food items, clothing, and “how to” books. The store’s products are selected by the Dervaes family, whose hands-on experience has created a thriving, productive urban homestead at Path to Freedom.

“I have admired what the Dervaes family has accomplished at Path to Freedom,” said Carolyn, a former Pasadena City Official and gardening enthusiast. “I was inspired to buy two ollas for my Southern California native landscape yard. Irrigating with clay pots is a water-wise method of providing continuous moisture to plants. And the natural materials blend with my garden design.”

Income from the Peddler’s Wagon will support Path to Freedom’s outreach efforts, with 10% of the profits being contributed directly to nonprofit development and relief organizations. “We’re not in this just for ourselves,” said Jules Dervaes, founder of Path to Freedom. “We have an obligation to pass along what we’ve learned about sustainable living and to make sure others have an opportunity even to live.”

Founded by Jules Dervaes in 2001, Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, viable urban homesteading project located in Pasadena, Calif. The family’s yard contains over 350 varieties of edible and useful plants that grow 6,000 pounds of organic produce annually. In addition, the Dervaes family raises chickens, ducks, goats, and worms; brews their own biodiesel to fuel their diesel car; generates electricity with solar panels; and cooks meals in earthen and solar ovens. Through Path to Freedom, the Dervaes family seeks to inspire others to live a more simple and ecologically sustainable way.

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  1. Stephanie Griffith says:

    I am so excited that you have a store now! I am going to have to send the link to Zach so he knows where to buy my Christmas present. For that matter I am sending it to everyone else I know too.

    I miss you guys. I am getting pictures taken of the girls this weekend and I will send you a copy. You won’t believe how much they have grown.

  2. rachel says:

    Hi there. I love your site–found it recently and it gives me a lot to think about. On a cheezy note, I was wondering what you had for Thanksgiving dinner?

  3. Wildside says:

    Thank you for the Peddler’s Wagon package that came in today’s mail. I’m sure the recipient of this gift is going to appreciate it!