Monday, Oct 1

9 pm – 10 pm EST or 6 pm – 7 pm PST

True Food Solutions will talk to the Dervaes family, who are urban homesteaders in Pasadena, CA and share their journey on They grow enough vegetables, fruits, and herbs to supply 99% of their family’s produce needs, and still sell over $20,000 in produce to their local community each year! They also raise small animals for eggs and dairy, do beekeeping, and process their own biodiesel fuel. You won’t to miss this inspiring presentation!

The Food Leaders Series is a webinar series designed to inform and encourage those who want alternatives to the modern industrial food system. It’s an opportunity to hear from authors, farmers, activists, and speakers about their work to help reform the way that we raise, acquire, and prepare our food.


  1. Karen H. says:

    I have been checking this website every day for about 2 years now. I might not say much, but I enjoy listening to creative solutions, new ideas and watching the family grow. I find your family very inspiring. We have always raised chickens and geese, but we now own goats, ducks, cows, and other animals we never would have thought about owning before I “met” your family. I have registered for the webinar. I can’t wait to be able to ask questions that I know you otherwise wouldn’t have had the time to answer.

  2. Deanna says:

    I stumbled upon this site about 5 years ago. I was so impressed by what I saw I started a garden that day. Although, I had no gardening experience. Since that time, the knowledge I have gained from the site and personal studies have turned into knowledge that others are now seeking to learn from me. I believe that self sufficiency skills are something that should be shared and encouraged. Most of our consumables are made from scratch, what we eat, cleaners, soaps, medicines, etc. and if I don’t make it from scratch I go straight to the local sources for those items. I have chickens as well. My neighbors didn’t even know we had them until 18 months later. Our coop is immaculate and the “girls” are a consent source of entertainment.

    Over the years our family have built relationships with the local farmers, coop owners, etc. This has been done while working a full time job. Living sustainably can be done with little effort. It just takes a little knowledge and what I realize is that our family are not subjected to others marketing ploy’s. They think for themselves before they make a decision to purchase.

    Learning these self sufficiency skills truly has given me freedom to be with in my local community as well as be more connected with my environment. All the while teaching my children these skills, having my family in better health, and saving money. My new task this year is learning how to sustainable forage for foods and medicines that can be useful for my family. We aren’t living off of the grid but we certainly are conscience of the the choices we make and how it affects others as well as the community in which we live. Thank you for the inspiration to live a more connected life it is much appreciated and valued. Keep up the important work.

  3. Danielle in Northern California says:

    Great webinar tonight! Felt like a proper round table. Happy to join in and what great topics. I’ve been following your blog since 08 and I’m a big fan. Will make it down to your neck of the city for one of your hootenannys in the future :-)! I’m up here in Northern California and love reading about commonalities on the ‘stead. 🙂 Cheers! “I wanna see you dance again, on this harvest moon”! -Neil Young

  4. Lee Taylor says:

    Where can I find a recording?

  5. Karen H. says:

    I very much enjoyed the webinar and thank Jules for taking the time to educate and answer questions. I must admit that I could listen to Jules talk for hours and not lose interest. I was kind of disappointed to not be able to talk to the whole family since I had questions regarding each of their specialties. However, it was interesting and educational.

    I received an email from True Food Solutions regarding the recording. It is now available to members through the Food Leader Series webinar page. I was going to add the link to the video, but I’m getting an error every time I try to go to the website. Keep trying the link that Anais has above on this page.

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