Invest in the Future

Progress starts with envisioning a new (yet old) lifestyle with the home as central to all aspects of life-work and leisure, food and energy. So, real progress means bringing the economy, beginning with the food economy, home again.         — Jules Dervaes Jr, Founder (1947-2016)

There has likely never been a more pressing moment in time when our lifestyle and consumer choices carry a long-term impact on our society and environment. With that in mind, we are looking to meet these challenges by vigorously expanding our footprint in Northwest Pasadena with the support of our friends and neighbors.

This expanded vision led us to establishing the Urban Homestead Institute as a 501(c)3 non-profit and with that, a whole new world of opportunity and growth!

Here is what the “Urban Homestead 2.0” future plans and mission are based on:

*continue to provide much-needed space for more workshops, training, and presentations (along with the chance to offer scholarships/sliding scale fees)

*help us to nurture at-risk youth, local artists, craftspeople, and musicians

*create affordable co-housing opportunities for individuals seeking hands-on homesteading experience who are willing to work, learn, and live alongside us via limited-term internships

*allow the non profit to hire a staff person to assist with Community Outreach and Advocacy

*acquisition of additional facility to keep up with the demand for locally-sourced organic produce

*create an atmosphere of community-participation via health & wellness retreats and arts-related events

We could go on and on with endless ideas and enthusiasm, but our ultimate goal is to forge a path that will demonstrate how accessible a healthy, sustainable lifestyle can be no matter where you are.

We hope you will consider joining us as we look to share, teach, and grow the future.

With the inception of the 501, we are going to need your support even
more! Please consider donating to grow our outreach and educational
programs @

Thank you for being a part of our journey thus far. We hope through our nonprofit, we can deepen the roots that connect all of us to this place we call home.

On behalf of the Urban Homestead Institute Team.

Anais, Justin, Jordanne, Will, Christina, Sanjay, Andrew & Aaron



  1. Peeyush says:

    Wonderful article. Very well written.

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