It’s been a busy week – a good week with three community events.

Jordanne & I kicked off community outreach with canning classes at a local high school. A morning’s jamming session resulted in 24 jars of strawberry jam that will be donated to a local food bank. The girls really enjoyed the fruits of their labor and of course had FUN!

Chop, chop

Mash, mash

Stir, stir

Yum, yum

Filling the jars

Into the water bath they go!

The following day Jordanne & I participated in a fair at next door’s middle school selling soaps, produce and preserves (our front porch collective is growing – email info@dervaesgardens.com if interested in joining) It was great to hang out and finally meet many of the parents and teachers that we see pass our home on a daily basis.

To market with local produce and goods

Our friend henna's hands

The week of outreach ended at another local school, this time at the beautiful campus of Cal Tech.

Over 100 people packed the room for the presentation and, for a treat, we brought some homegrown guavas and preserves for folks to enjoy after the film screening and presentation – which was devoured completely!

Full house

Folks line up afterwards

Answering questions

Chatting with neighbors

In the lobby for meet and greet

Thanks to Lauren at Westridge, the folks at New Horizon (and our friend Romana), along with Rose & Ronnie, Net Impact Group and Cal Tech for such a great and productive week.

Would you like to invite PTF to give a presentation or workshop at your school or community event? contact us

Have a great weekend everyone, I’ll be back next week with snapshots and tales from the urban homestead.


  1. CJ says:

    thanks for this posting about some of the community outreach you are involved with – i wish i lived nearby so that I could attend some of the events:) Your documentary screenings must be neat in how it motivates others. As always you are doing great work Ds!!!

  2. Stacy says:

    The Potters were at your Cal Tech event! Their eldest boys were up in San Luis Obispo with me attending the state beekeeping convention this week… Fabulous people.

  3. elaine says:

    It was very interesting to see you working with students at nearby schools teaching them canning and how to make jams. This shows them that it is fun and not a daunting task. It also may give them the idea that they can do this for holiday gifts instead of having to spend a lot of money. Keep up the good work with your outreach programs!

  4. Ginger says:

    You know….I traveled 22 hours and paid a nice chunk of money to take a class from John Jeavons. I would travel a long distance and pay money like that to learn from your family as well. He sold books and other things as well. This could be a way to earn 4-5 thousand dollars in a day or two during the less intensive growing seasons. Just a thought. Contact me if you want help implementing this idea.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: Sure. We are willing to travel and give presentations in their area if we have someone arrange for very simple accommodations, food, etc. Oh and of course a place we can give the presentation like a community hall, school, church for a fee so that we can cover all our expenses and time. Check out http://julesdervaes.com/presentations-workshops/

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