A reader alerted us to a mention of our project in an essay “Food Frenzy,” by Roy F. Moore in Gilbert Magazine, March 2009. Here is an excerpt:

Chesterton said in Orthodoxy: “We must hate the world enough to want to change it, and yet love it enough to think it worth changing.” Among the things that make the world go ‘round, the most important is food. How we grow it, sell it, and ship it is more vital than ever before. […]

Thanks to the domination of global food exchanges by modern agribusiness, ownership and control of food production is shrinking into even fewer and fewer hands. Despite their allies in big government, family farms and food cooperatives are being squeezed out of existence on purpose. […]

But there are those who set shining examples of resistance to the dark vision of these self-proclaimed elites. One particular family of five is leading the way in a unique manner.

The Dervaes family of Pasadena, California, has redefined the name of “small farm,” or rather they have revolutionized the concept of “Urban Homestead.” On a plot no larger than a quarter of an acre, this family of four are able to produce six thousand pounds of produce per year. They’re aiming for a goal of ten tons [edit: ten thousand pounds or five tons] from the tenth-of-an-acre. Their Dervaes Institute Web site ( is a cornucopia of information for admirers and imitators worldwide.


  1. kerrie says:

    that’s great. it must feel so weird and cool at the same time to just be doing your thing, and to know that that thing is causing a bit of a frenzy. i don’t even remember now how i found you guys, but this site is now the first thing i see when i open my laptop and the thing that helped push me to rip up my own front yard and start a garden. thank you for doing what you do and inspiring the rest of us to do it also.

  2. Michelle says:

    What a great article…you are all such an inspiration. I love that photo, too…I could look at your garden all day.

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