The urban homesteaders/farmers will be on hand at these two upcoming events  on Sept 3 & Sept 6

“Urban Homesteading is a process of being able to provide for oneself despite living in an urban community. Simply put, urban homesteading means self-sufficiency. A lot of people in first world countries are now getting into this new habit. You can see on high rise apartments several organic farms being cultivated to provide basic needs for a family. Depending on the season, one can see different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables being planted.

This initiative by urban folks is a major step in getting back to our organic roots where fruits and vegetables are organically grown from dirt. Unlike today, where majority of the can goods being sold at supermarkets are genetically modified to last longer. The problem with GMO’s is that the consistency of the nutrients are no longer present therefore it poses a great threat to the health of the consumers. Corporations in the food industry are now taking advantage of GMO goods because it is not only efficient in their part but also it’s efficacy to generate huge amount of money is unstoppable.

Urban homesteading is a great way in going back to our roots and also assuring the environment that there is still hope in making this world a better place to live in. Being a homesteader means being an environmentalist by heart because you are making sure that the life you want to live is as organic as possible. A greener life means appreciating all the things the environment has to offer. And when you look at it at a macro perspective, eating and producing foods from your own backyard is a great way in helping the environment. For one thing, you don’t need to drive your car and burn fossil fuels just to go to the grocery or local market just to buy a piece of vegetable that you could organically grow. This will also make sure that imported goods are no longer patronize which will make these foreign companies to rethink their marketing strategy in disposing their goods. And by practicing urban homesteading, this will also lessen the importance of eating can goods and other meat products that require heavy machinery to produce. And most of this will make sure that your health is at optimum level because you know what is entering your body.”

— Urban Green Living

Thursday September 3 Opening Night Gala

WHEN: 7:00 PM

WHERE: Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club (See MAP)
1210 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

COST: Gala Tickets – General Admission S12.00

Meet and greet the filmmakers, the urban homesteaders of Pasadena will be there.


Sunday September 6 LAND DAY

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Santa Monica Playhouse Courtyard (See MAP)
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Screening Times of Homegrown Revolution (in a program with other eco-documentaries)

10:00 AM  @ Playhouse 2 / 11:50 AM @ Playhouse 1 / 3:55 PM @ Santa Monica Women’s Club

COST: Tickets – General Admission $6.50

URBAN FARMING/HOMESTEADING WORKSHOP – gardening, ollas and city chicken demos:

1:30 PM / 6:00 PM  – urban homesteading presentations take place on the 3rd Floor Seminar Room of the Santa Monica Playhouse & courtyard Please note these workshop & demos times are approximate and subject to change so continue to check our calendar for updates

COST: Tickets – General Admission $6.50

Event & Film Information

It’s time to lose that water guzzling lawn and gas guzzling non-locally grown produce and become an Urban Farmer!

Following our LAND day farming films, the Oscar-nominated film The Garden, the Dervaes family’s Homegrown Revolution, and Venice High School’s The Learning Garden, come and participate in an interactive “Q&A” in the Playhouse courtyard with the farmers from of these films who will help you create mini edible and drought resistant gardens to get you started in an eco-environmental garden redo at home.

And, Jules Dervaes will be doing a Powerpoint presentation deconstructing his family’s urban backyard farm on 1/10 of an acre in Pasadena that produces 3 tons of produce a year! Dervaes will be explaining its infrastructure, how it was created, etc, in the Seminar room on the 3rd floor of the Playhouse.

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead. They harvest nearly 3 tons of organic food a year from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, as well as solar energy and biodiesel.

Director/producer Jules Dervaes and the Dervaes family.

URBAN FARMING WORKSHOP following the films.

Additional $6.50/$5.50 event ticket required and includes the workshop supplies for your take home garden, and the Dervaes Powerpoint seminar. $1 from each ticket benefits the gardeners and a tree is planted for each ticket you buy!).

The first Blue Planet Film Fest will be held from Sept. 4-7 in Santa Monica, CA. The films slated will deal with environmental and animal welfare themes.

The event is attempting to use as many green practices as possible. They are partnering with green ticketing service, InTicketing, to create non-tree tickets, and InTicketing has agreed to plant a tree for every ticket sold. One dollar of each ticket sold will be donated to the cause that particular movie is promoting.

According to Variety, executive director Mira Tweti, said their “goal is to revolutionize the film festival dynamic and have the audience participate to effect change with their dollars and actions.”

Each day during the fest will be themed, with Friday as Animal Day, Saturday as Water Day, Sunday as Land Day and Monday as Future Day

Via Ecorazzi

Note: On Monday Sept 7 HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION will encore screening at 2:30 PM at Santa Monica Playhouse 2 & at 6:30 PM Santa Monica Women’s Club


  1. Richard Butkus Jr says:

    I want to attend the films and the Land Day/Urban Farming Workshop on Sun. Sept. 6th. The best way for me to do this is sign-up for the films showing @ 10 am w/the workshop immediately following? Are they both included with one another? On your website, the time for the films is 10am AND the workshop @ 10am. This is why I was wondering if 1 follows the other and are they both included w/the $6.50 price? Please inform. Thank you!!

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