Though we haven’t posted much in the way of the ongoing impact our little film has had, we are happy to report that our homemade film is still growing strong.

Our short film, Homegrown Revolution (you can buy the DVD here) will be screening at home and abroad.

International Christian Film Festival – UK (Aug 3 – 7)
The Heart of England International Film Festival (Aug 10 – 15)
International Film Festival Ireland (Sept 4 -11)
37th International Fest of Sustainable Development – EKOTop Film, Bratislava, Slovakia (Oct 10 – 15)
International Film Festival USA – Ohio (Oct 12 – 16)
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (Oct 27 – Nov 14)
International Film Festival South Africa (Nov 1 – 5)

As urban homestead ambassadors, we are hoping to perhaps follow our film. Can’t be at all the venues, but it’s quite POSSIBLE there’s chance we could attend the Appalachian Film Festival in Erwin, Tennessee.

Arrangements/plans are in the works.

Sowing the Revolution

Over the years, we have received lots of invites, and we’d love to go and meet other people and share knowledge, but we have to cover expenses. We accept trips that people have helped with travel expenses, etc… even an extra room for us to crash in or a place to camp.

If we can link several people together and have some paid presentations, the expenses and room and board (meals) can be spread out between multiple groups so no one person has to foot all the bill.

On the website (here’s an OVERVIEW), there is a form for people to fill out who want us to travel to their area. If we can group a lot of people together who are willing to do the “leg-work” and all the arrangements, it makes it easier for us to leave the farm for a short time. It’s not that we prefer the places we have visited over other places; it those trips were arranged by the hosting groups, and we didn’t go into debt to travel there.

In New Zealand, the people who invited us expected only about 50-80 people to attend the presentation…nearly 220 people came and the organizers made more money than they expected.

“The New Brighton Project was lucky enough to have the opportunity to host Jules Dervaes and his family when they recently visited New Zealand. While here, Jules Dervaes presented the workshop Urban Self-Sufficiency- Eating and Living the Sustainable Way in one of our community centres.

His film, Homegrown Revolution, and presentation was very well received. Highly professional, the format was also simple enough that even a novice could ‘take something home’.

The power of community was really seen on the day. Such was the popularity of the Dervaes family and the success of modern social networking!

We thoroughly enjoyed having the Dervaes family be a part of our community for a day and would recommend anyone who had the chance to do the same.”

— Rebecca

That reminds me, got to write and share pics from our New Zealand trip!

Last, but not least, there are TWO upcoming TV pieces. One is supposed to air on the Australian SBS TV program DATELINE and the other on MY GENERATION (PBS) produce by KCET’s own Val Zavala. We’ll keep you posted on both air dates.

Well, there you have it! That’s the most recent news from the homefront.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment if you are in any of these areas ya hear!


  1. Stacy says:

    Have you discovered the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, family owned in Mansfield, Missouri? They have an extension of their company, a “Seed Bank” in Petaluma, CA. This group is an amazing company that is well worth the time to read about their development. Every year they have a series of gatherings that I have often wondered if you were a part of. If not, please take a minute to look at their link and maybe work out a deal with them about attending one of their special gatherings:

    • Anais says:

      @Stacy: Yes, we are aware of them and no, surprisingly, they haven’t invited us to a part of their speaker series. We don’t usually solicit, instead rather wait for folks to invite us.

      • Stacy says:

        @Anais, Oh, too bad! I am surprised also. Perhaps, they are used to being solicited? I’m sure many more openings will come your way. Thanks for the work you put into educating others. 🙂

  2. Frank says:

    That is Great, I like to think of it like growing the seeds of change. I hope your family knows that so many are touched and helped by your efforts. I always hoped the Internet would be used to bring the world back to being a community and your families actions, words and positive energy are making it come true.

    Thanks so much for what your doing I wish I was there for a group hug… LOL
    I’ve learned that it is never too much or too often to love your family.

    • Anais says:

      @Frank: Thanks! Appreciate the positive thoughts and “hugs”

  3. Patti says:

    Erwin is about 8 hours from me. I am used to travel, so this is just around the corner to my way of thinking. If I am lucky enough to meet you, I will be the envy of my gardening community. Bwaaaa-haaaa-haw!! Seriously, it would be a pleasure to exchange a few words and thank you all in person. Here’s to hoping your trip works out!

    • Anais says:

      @Patti: Hi Patti & clan. That would be swell to meet you and the little ones, here’s hoping that our plans work out!

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