Screening of Home Grown at the Charles Theater for the Maryland Film Festival
Liz Stambaugh
Baltimore Sustainable Food Examiner

The Charles Theater will be showing a screening of the new film “HomeGrown” on Saturday, May 9th. The showing is at 1:30PM, and just to let you know there is a $2.00 parking fee at the covered lot across the street.

HomeGrown is a movie about the Dervaes family. The Dervaes decided to create their own small organic farm on their property in Pasadena California. On less that of quarter of an acre they were able to harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce which they were able to consume and also create their own bio-diesel to power their computers with the help of solar panels.

HomeGrown is a film that will give you a direct look into how the Dervaes family lived. Some have even compared this film to a 21st Century “Little House on the Prairie”.  From the mid 1980’s the Dervaes has tried to continually transform their property to be sustainable and and eco-friendly. From growing their own produce to also raising chickens, ducks, and goats, the Dervaes have been able to become self-sustaining.

The film was directed and produced by Robert McFalls, and has commented on HomeGrown. Here are his words;

“Many people are becoming aware of the environment. We may have gone to see “An Inconvenient Truth”, changed our light bulbs, or started to recycle more. But how many of us are really walking the walk? I know I’m not.

When I heard about the Dervaes family, I sensed that there was a human story behind the headlines about global warming or buying organic produce. I wanted to find out what it takes to live the life of an environmental pioneer. I don’t wish to simply glorify or romanticize their way of life, however. I want to show that along with the positive benefits there are also sacrifices. Truly living by your ideals can have costs. I believe that recognizing the hardships the Dervaes have faced makes their work all the more inspiring.

HomeGrown is ultimately a family story. It’s about what lead them to where they are today, what changed them and what keeps them together. Perhaps by learning of their journey to a sustainable life style, we might be inspired to take our own first steps.”

Unfortunately I will be on vacation and unable to attend the film-screening. But I am hoping to catch it somewhere in the near future. So I encourage you to see this film, and further your self education on how one can live sustainable.

— Liz Stambaugh


  1. Michelle says:

    What an amazing movie poster! Whoever does your graphics does a wonderful job….

  2. Mia Bagley says:

    What a great film!!! My friend and I made it out today to see at MFF. The Q & A afterward with the film maker was very interesting. I’ve followed your blog for years now so I was thrilled to ‘see’ everything. It was all new to my friend and she found it amazing!! Thanks for giving us another peak!

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