To make the planet lively

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To save the Rain Water

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To make Forests Greener

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Sprouting on a 1/10th acre Pasadena, CA plot in 1985, this homestead project pioneered the modern Urban Homesteading movement and seeded a homegrown revolution; inspiring millions worldwide through our website, award-winning short film, podcast, workshops and outreach programs.

Our mission is to reconnect with our roots and re-envision the urban landscape through growing food and cultivating a sustainable community.

Grow the Future


Urban Homestead Institute 501 (c)(3) is the nonprofit branch that is dedicated to growing and nourishing our community through skill share education, farming internship and arts and music programs.
Farm to Table Arts & Music Internship

What's Growing On?


Transforming homes to homestead, pioneering a journey towards self-sufficiency
Tours, workshops, livestream, products, services, podcast

Monthly Events

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PLEASE NOTE:  All outreach programs (workshops, tours, etc) have been suspended due to COVID-19. We look forward to reconnecting with everyone once this crisis has passed.
In the meantime, be well and be safe.

Latest Updates

  • Urban Homestead Radio: Farming During the Time of Corona (Ep 90)

    In this episode Anais chats with head farmer, Justin Dervaes about what’s been ‘Growing On’ and the challenges of growing food during the COVID crisis. Interested in growing your own food?  Justin offers a few tips on starting your own ‘Freedom Garden.’ About Urban Homestead Sprouting on a 1/10th acre plot in 1985, this homestead […]

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How it All Got Started

A family in the city ... a radical re-imagining of the urban landscape, a ...

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION

In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, a revolution took root. For over thirty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into a highly productive farm. (Film's Runtime 15:44)

The Urban Homesteaders

Justin Dervaes

Co-founder / CEO of Urban Homestead Inc

Anais Dervaes

Co-founder / Executive Director of Urban Homestead Institute

Jordanne Dervaes

Co-founder / Associate Director of Urban Homestead Institute

Jules Dervaes (1947 - 2016)

"....generous with his time, genuine in manner and deeply concerned about what we eat and how we care for the planet. He did more in one lifetime to nurture the environment than most of us could do in multiple lifetimes.
His legacy is in the small plot of earth he nurtured and in the big ideas he spread to people around the world.  His three children continue to tend the homestead and carry out the cause. Thank you, Jules, for all you’ve taught us.

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