Number Nine! Little Homestead in City Celebrates Another Year

Pioneering a New Path

It’s our Blogiversary!

Sharing our urban homesteading adventures started one hot July summer day back in 2001 with our first “journal entry.” A entry which would eventually leave tracks that trail blazed the modern urban homesteading movement These last few years we have seen a drastic change in urban landscape as more city folks are taking control over their food, energy, fuel, and water supplies.

Actually, this milestone moment would have come and gone, due to the hustle and bustle of homestead life, had it not been for one kind and remembering soul who posted two simple words on my Face Book page “Happy Anniversary!” I wondered what on earth was this person alluding to, what “anniversary?” I was puzzled for a moment. Then it hit me! Could it be? Already? Yes, indeed it was!

We like to wholeheartedly thank you for remembering that milestone – it made for a very special moment! A moment that would have otherwise gone unnoticed and forgotten. Thank you!

And thank you to all our thousands, hundreds of thousands readers, who, over the years, have been following our pioneering journey. Not to mention those of you who have supported our continuing growth over the years either through donations or online purchases from Peddlers Wagon & Freedom Seeds .

Your support, kind words, encouragement and stories of your baby steps towards a more sustainable future have really lifted us up. And, for that, we are truly blessed and humbled.

Dervaes Family Blogs On, For a Better Future

Original Urban Homestead Blog Spurs a Citified Ecological Movement

PASADENA, Calif. —– When the day’s news of ever worsening crises causes heartburn, finding relief is as easy as visiting the Little Homestead in the City blog ( to see how the Dervaes family is progressing with their homemade remedies. This first-of-its-kind blog documents the daily activities of these city dwellers who have reached an extraordinary level of food and energy independence. By freely sharing their practices, the family has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to pursue a sustainable future and has generated a 21st century urban homestead movement.

“Little Homestead” began in 2001 as an impromptu journal by Pasadena residents Jules Dervaes and his three adult children, Anaïs, Justin, and Jordanne, on their website — the first, largest, and most comprehensive urban homestead site. Through their adventures in growing and preserving their own food, installing a solar power system, home-brewing biodiesel for fuel, raising backyard farm animals, and learning back-to-basics skills, these modern-day pioneers have revived the old-fashioned spirit of self-reliance and resourcefulness.

Anaïs recalls that, back when they first went public, there were no other blogs like theirs. “We hoped to encourage people to make similar changes,” she explains. “My father said, ‘Let’s show what we do here’; so, nine years ago, we put our family life online. Since 1986 we were striving to live self-sufficiently in the city and we felt others could learn from our example.”

The Dervaes homestead has experienced phenomenal growth. Over 6,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables are now harvested annually from the one-tenth acre garden. Likewise, the blog has greatly expanded, drawing over 35,000 visitors per month, and provides gardening tips, conservation ideas, environmental news links, photos, and more. In a popular feature, the family posts their menus of homegrown, home-cooked meals. Additionally, the primary website gets over six million hits per month from more than 120 countries–proof of a global “homegrown revolution” led by the Dervaeses’ reality-based model.

The Dervaes family has garnered congressional recognition for their environmental outreach efforts and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, as well as on ABC’s Nightline and CNN. They have received thousands of testimonials from readers who say their lives have been changed, in big ways and small, by the family’s trail-blazing work.


  1. Stacy says:

    Happy Birthday (or anniversary). Thank you so much for your devotion to teaching what you’ve accomplished in self sustained living. You have encouraged me in many areas as I work towards the same goal.

  2. Genie of the Shell says:

    Well, happy anniversary! I’m new to your blog, so I’m glad you’re still doing your thing. I have also been interested in homesteading since 2001, when I started college and learned about the wonders of urban chicken raising and vermicomposting. Rotting food inside the house?? I couldn’t believe it back then, but now I have my own (odorless) bin in my kitchen, an outdoor compost pile, and fruits and vegetables growing in my yard. It’s great to feel healthy and a little more self-sufficient.

  3. Jeni says:

    Happy Anni!!!

  4. Garden Gal says:

    Your website is a treasure trove of knowledge, inspiration, and fun for my family as we begin our urban homesteading journey. Thank you and happy anniversary!

  5. Rose says:

    Happy blogverasry! I wouldn’t miss your posts for quids.

  6. Brenda@Coffeeteabooksandme says:

    You definitely inspired me!

    We live in the country but only on about 3/4ths an acre. Last year we built the beginnings of a raised bed garden and added to it this year.

    We plan to add to it each year, building out in the only area we have a lot of sunshine (we live at the edge of a forest).

    Due to illness, we live on Social Security Disability and my husband used income from a couple seasonal jobs to build the raised bed. It is wonderful to pick organic veggies and herbs each day.

    May you have many more decades to inspire. 🙂

  7. Ruth Medford says:

    Happy birthday and more power! Keep on imparting your experiences and knowledge to your readers!

  8. Laura Jeanne @ Getting There says:

    Congratulations on this anniversary. You guys have so much to be proud of! 🙂

  9. Annette - CoMo Homestead says:

    Congratulations! You guys are an inspiration. 🙂

  10. CE says:

    Happy Birthday to you all at the Urban Homestead. Any many more.

    • Anais says:

      @CE: Thanks for the wishes!

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