Last summer David Room & Julian Darely (of Post Carbon Institute & Global Public Media ) spent an afternoon at PTF and interviewed Jules Dervaes. Jules speaks about their urban homestead project which incorporates many back-to-basic practices, permaculture methods, and appropriate technologies. On a typical small city lot, they produce 6,000 pounds of food per year.   Jules talks about how they got started and where they are now, interactions with the community, and the challenges they encountered. He also gives advice for others that want to start down the path. View entire 15 min interview

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  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks,
    A truly astounding video interview!You all throughly deserve to be very proud of the fantastic achievement and inspirational value(that knows no price)that this interview represents!If people seek,they will find!What better path to walk than a personal path to freedom!
    thank you so much!

  2. Anais says:

    Hello Gerry

    Thanks for your positive comments. Jules has taught us to challenge ourselves daily, striving to keep walking on the path towards a sustainable present and future.

  3. dermot says:

    Excellent interview – I’ll link to it this week.
    I’ll see if I can get my family back in Ireland
    to watch it – maybe it’ll motivate them…

  4. Anais says:

    Hi Dermot

    Thanks for the positive comments. I think they (David and Julian) did a good job (not to mention Jules too!)

    One day we’d like to make a small documentary about PTF – include more about the homestead and our future path.

    Hope your garden is growing well?

  5. Anais says:

    Drats — I accidentally deleted Wildside’s comments about the interview while going through the spam. Wildside, if you are reading this, please post again! Thank you!


  6. Wildside says:

    Hi Anais! Yes, I did read here again last night and wondered? !!

    Basically, I really recommend linking to see this interview with Jules even if one might have a slow connection that makes it difficult or take longer… (A trick for me was that I saved it to my hard-drive so I wouldn’t lose connection and did other things while I listened and inbetween while waited for it to buffer). He offers great advice that everyone can follow. Personally for me his best advice was his comment “Buckle up and wait!” as I am one who is impatient. You won’t see returns overnight. It is a long-term commitment for the really wonderful results like what we’re seeing demonstrated at PTF.

    I fear this is a bit more wordy than the comments I first left, but please, everyone, do take a listen to the interview if you haven’t already! It’s well worth it and you’ll get some good ideas!!!