Summer garden, one stop shop.
Sayonara, Supermarkets {Real Talk LA}

Southern California sprawl can hide a lot of surprises. One of them is called Path to Freedom, and it’s about as huge an exception to the spirit of urban sprawl as you can imagine. Path to Freedom, the home-based farm founded by the Dervaes family in 2001, is an experiment in urban sustainability. The Dervaeses, who live in a typical Pasadena home, say they grow 3 tons of food a year in their yard. Three tons. All from a tenth of an acre jammed with vegetables and young fruit trees.

… “Sayonara, supermarkets. That’s our goal,” says father Jules Dervaes. No dreadlocks or tie-dye here, just some old-fashioned plaid: The Dervaeses are a pretty traditional family. There are no pretensions of eco-hip yuppiedom either—Path to Freedom is about what’s practical.

… Jules Dervaes started the homegrown-produce business because of his concerns about genetically modified food: He didn’t want it on the dinner table, and the organic alternative was too pricey. A former beekeeper, he’d had some success growing and selling wildflowers [edible flowers], so growing food for his family—and selling the surplus, mainly exotic heirloom vegetables—was a simple progression from that.
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[Really like that the authored used the quote to title to this piece; however, this interview was taken nearly three years ago so details are dated]

Blogger for Global Change Award {Homesteadingthebackforty}

I’m handing off the award to these 7 (not 5…5 was impossible!) who each change their worlds for the better with their careful efforts, their sincerity, and their individuality:1. Path to Freedom Journal
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Robbyn, we at PTF appreciated the acknowledgement and are blessed that we are able to share our journey and inspire fellow travelers.

A Path to Freedom {RootConcepts}

Many of their ideas are simple, common sense approaches to daily living, and the transparency of their process is inspiring. The location of their 1/10 acre garden in the middle of an urban environment, points to the productive possibilities of using the space and energy as it is. Growing over 6000 pounds (three tons) annually, they should know.
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Bread and butter issue: Rising prices may herald the first global food shortage since the 1970s {FT}

When the United Nations held its annual World Food Day last week to publicise the plight of the 854m malnourished people around the world, its warning that there “are still too many hungry people” was a little more anxious than usual.Finding food to feed the hungry is becoming an increasingly difficult task as growing demand for staples such as wheat, corn and rice brings higher prices. That is leading all nations – rich and poor – to compete for food supplies.
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‘Carbon sinks’ lose ability to soak up emissions {IndependentUK}

A dramatic decline in the ability of the Earth to soak up man-made emissions of carbon dioxide, and a corresponding acceleration in the rate of increase of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, have been detected for the first time by scientists.
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Prime Your Pump {Newsweek}

Though past studies have found an association between whole-grain-cereal consumption and a lower risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, this is the first major study of whole-grain-cereal consumption and congestive heart failure.
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Caution: Killing Germs May Be Hazardous to Your Health {Newsweek}

Our war on microbes has toughened them. Now, new science tells us we should embrace bacteria.
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Worms as environmental saviors? {CNN}

Environmental saviors can turn up in the most unexpected places. For the answer to our global waste management crisis, we need only look as far as our back gardens, for example. That’s what proponents of vermicomposting will tell us, anyway. Vermicomposting is the art of composting using worms — and it is worms, apparently, who could save us yet.
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1,000 Wow, just realized PTF passed its 1,000 post (1,010 to be exact). I know some increasingly long posts could really have been divided into smaller, more easily read ones. But 1,000 is a milestone nonetheless. We hope with the new journal in the works that will feature categories our postings will increase.
Thanks for all the comments recently, glad to see the journal buzzing. A few of you have questions about the unplugged kitchen so in future posts I will delve into that subject a little more.

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  1. robin says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you for the granola recipe! I have been putting off making some for my family, hoping you would post your recipe. Hurray!

  2. lavonne says:

    add me to the list of folks who want to hear more about the unplugged kitchen. i love reading your journal!