Hey everyone!  We’re launching a new YouTube channel showcasing clips and videos from the Urban Homestead. You can find it at: Be sure to subscribe to catch the newest upload!


This channel ( will still remain and videos will continue to be added, but they will be media pieces about our Urban Homestead and the Dervaes Family from television, radio and film sources. The channel will be all our own footage from life here on the Urban Homestead.

And be sure to “like us” on Facebook at: and our Urban Homestead at:

I can’t wait to share all the video clips we’ve taken over the years with you!  In fact,  I have hours and hours and hours of footage so will be going thru that first.   But, perhaps, you can shout out what snippets of life you’d like to see.

I’m excited, hope you are too?


  1. Kim says:

    I’d love to see more about your pest and disease management in your beautiful garden in addition to growing and trellising techniques!

    • Anais says:

      @Kim: Ok!

  2. Rose says:

    Great! So happy you’ll be sharing videos! There is so many great ideas to be found in what you do!
    i look so forward to seeing how you deal with the animals on such a small plot of land, and also all the great tips about gardening and composting!
    Thanks for what you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anais says:

      @Rose: Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Anais says:

      @Rose: Hopefully more will be comings SOON!

    • Rose says:

      @Rose, Thanks!

  3. Jeni Vandall says:

    Well ideally I would love to see everything!!!! hahaha right now I am researching bee keeping so I would love to see anything you have about bee keeping! I can’t wait to get my hive! Also canning and cooking I can never get enough of that!

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni Vandall: Right O

  4. Susan says:

    I love that first photo. It’s so nice to see a family sitting together shooting the breeze, especially with the young ‘un not glued to a cell phone!

    • Anais says:

      @Susan: 😉

  5. AndyPandy says:

    This is fabulous! I just watched the videos on the YouTube Channel. You are so inspiring, and I’d love to know how you coordinate it all. I have the same size lot, with only 8 raised beds; a fence patch of flowers and herbs; rotating composter; and two open compost bins, and I am overwhelmed!

    How do you keep rodents out of your open compost and off your front yard? We are in a similar type neighborhood, and I have rabbits that visit the front (chicken wire on back), and we attracted a lot of mice when I put food scraps in the open compost bins. I switched to lawn scraps and leaf debris for the open bins, but the compost is not nearly as nice.

    • Anais says:

      @AndyPandy: Thanks, will add your suggestions to the mix!

  6. Jace says:

    Making cheese, making biodiesel.

    • Anais says:

      @Jace: Check, check 🙂

  7. bonnie says:

    I thought for a second there you were talking to your taters: “pssst, you tubers”! LOL

    BTW, I just watched your Homegrown Revolution video. I enjoyed it.

    • Anais says:

      @bonnie: LOL. How funny. Sure glad you liked it, thanks for saying so.

  8. kerstin says:

    That is so wonderful!!! I cannot wait to see all of you on youtube! Thank you for inspiring all of us by being a perfect role model; a bright light in this cold dark world! God bless!

    • Anais says:

      @kerstin: Thank you for your positive comments, they sure to brighten our day!

  9. Mia says:

    Hey my friends 😉
    I’m excited to hear about your new channel, I can’t wait to check out the videos! Keep up the good work, y’all are an inspiration to many!!
    ps)I’m lovin’ the aprons, Anais and Jordanne!


    • Anais says:

      @Mia: Hello dear! Us too hehe. How are you doing. I’ve been thinking about you all, how’s everything at the homestead. Sis just tried your honeysuckle rose jam – yummy! I just love looking at your photos … and dreaming. Blessings to you and your family.

  10. Lahela says:

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    I really love what you’ve done together. It’s even more vital since your family has accomplished this on just a normal suburb lot and not some gigantic acreage. I wish I could help out your family as your story has helped motivate mine but most Native Hawaiian plants do need a bit of space as they can get quite large.

    Mahalo Nui Loa & Malama Pono Dervaes Family!
    Lahela Nihipali

    • Anais says:

      @Lahela: Aloha! Mahalo nui loa, we are blessed that we’ve been able to share our journey. We like to say “small is beautiful and productive!” Maybe one of these days we’ll make it out to the island. Have a wonderful summer!

  11. RieG says:

    I just wanted to say I am moved to tears, real honest to goodness tears streaming down my face as I watched the Home Grown Revolution video on YouTube. I don’t even quite know WHY I’m so emotional but it’s like catching a glimpse of the sun and being transformed. I have NO idea where to start, and I’m no kid ( age 50) but I hope there’s a place for people like us in this revolution. Thank You for sharing.

  12. Joshua M. says:

    would love to see how you clean the air and how you clean your soil/keep it lead- and particulate-free.

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