LIVING THE PATH TO FREEDOM

Sharing the path, Anais & Jordanne give UCLA students a tour of the urban homestead

Uprising Radio KPFK 90.7

The recent spike in oil and food prices, and extreme weather conditions due to climate change have led many Americans to consider changing their eating and shopping habits and even their lifestyles. In Pasadena, the Dervaes family has transformed their residential lot into an urban homestead on which they generate more than half of their own food by literally growing it themselves, and 70% of their own energy via solar panels on their garage roof. Additionally, by selling specialty salad greens and eggs to local restaurants, and earth friendly products on their online store, plus taking part-time jobs waiting tables, the Dervaes family earns the money they need to buy what they can’t grow. Their website Path to Freedom, showcases the urban homestead model for others across the world to emulate. And indeed tens of thousands have already been inspired by the food and energy independence such a life style offers. But, it’s not easy – as I found out yesterday when I spent the afternoon with Jules Dervaes and his family, creating an urban homestead means years of hard work, lots of trial and error, and a fierce determination to lighten one’s footprint on the earth.

to this Radio Segment

 

Homesteading with an Urban Twist

Thank you Sonali Kolhatkar, we appreciated your coming out and touring the urban homestead to give your listeners a brief look at a modern urban homesteaders life is like.

Though she was at the urban homestead for nearly two hours, only twenty minutes made it on air.  Definitely a lot of editing involved!

I am really glad she focused on the 20 year long journey of the evolution of the urban homestead model.  Being the first to pioneer such a model there was really nobody out there for us to copy when we started.  We had no clue where we were going and how long it would take for us to get there.

Country life (even homesteading) was familiar to most of us and yet putting all the necessary elements that make up a vital urban homestead were learned as we went along – there was no map or blueprint (book or website) just hard work, sweat and determination.  As eco pioneers who slowly blazed this new model for urban sustainability those following this homegrown uprising now have ruts in which to travel.

It’s been a slow and sustainable journey, one that continues to this day.   In the last year we’ve seen a surge of modern urban homesteads sprouting up all over the country – who would have foreseen such a day!

For our new readers who aren’t familiar with the lingo, urban homesteaders are individuals who are striving to live an low impact, self sufficient life in the modern city environment.

Online since 2001 PTF & LHITC sites have been at the forefront to the revival of the modern urban homesteading movement. Offering resources, first hand accounts and inspiration for a 21st century self sufficient life.

Comments(4)

  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!
    Its certainly been a week of most inspiring posts and also a time of reflection on content and the message that is to be gleaned.’Living’ is a wonderful descriptive that to me encompasses ‘all that PTF is about.If we do not apply all the principles and information and method so kindly provided by yourselves for our benefit,then there is no ‘living’.Living breathes life into our being through so many different facets,the starting point,the lessons learned,the adaptation,the success and failures and so on!
    Urban homesteading is for me and I am sure countless readers also,a total commitment based and sustained by your family example,I am acutely aware of ‘living’ now as opposed to the kind of living I had before 2003.I also know which I prefer!So A BIG and MOST GRATEFUL SINCERE THANK YOU for all your work over the 20+ years and since, sharing online with us bounty that knows no price,a way of ‘living’ that truly enriches lives!
    blessings
    gerry m x

  2. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!
    Its certainly been a week of most inspiring posts and also a time of reflection on content and the message that is to be gleaned.’Living’ is a wonderful descriptive that to me encompasses ‘all that PTF is about.If we do not apply all the principles and information and method so kindly provided by yourselves for our benefit,then there is no ‘living’.Living breathes life into our being through so many different facets,the starting point,the lessons learned,the adaptation,the success and failures and so on!
    Urban homesteading is for me and I am sure countless readers also,a total commitment based and sustained by your family example,I am acutely aware of ‘living’ now as opposed to the kind of living I had before 2003.I also know which I prefer!So A BIG and MOST GRATEFUL SINCERE THANK YOU for all your work over the 20+ years and since, sharing online with us bounty that knows no price,a way of ‘living’ that truly enriches lives!
    blessings
    gerry m x

  3. Tracie says:

    Hello there, what kind of material is the hoops over your raised bed made of? I need to add something over my beds to attach row cloth on, I was thinking I was going to have to use pvc or bamboo but I like the look of yours much better and it looks simpler(simpler is always better imo 🙂

  4. Tracie says:

    Hello there, what kind of material is the hoops over your raised bed made of? I need to add something over my beds to attach row cloth on, I was thinking I was going to have to use pvc or bamboo but I like the look of yours much better and it looks simpler(simpler is always better imo 🙂

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