Courtesy Chris Kelly / German FAZ
The Urban “Hollywood” Homesteaders?
Move over Leo? Awhile back we received an email inquiry from a tv agent who is interested in developing an urban sustainability show. Excerpts from the emails:
“Congratulations on your success living off the grid in an urban setting. I am intrigued (and impressed) by your efforts…..[and I am] developing a television project that may help to spread the word…… I was wondering if you would be willing/able to discuss the realities… as it may help me in developing this important concept for a mass audience. As far as the Dervaes family goes, we would like to meet just to see if there is a “fit” if nothing else we would be interested in consulting with them – the series we are developing is related the (sic) the mission of the path to freedom and certainly we hope to help raise awareness regarding each individual family’s ability to help reduce their impact.”
Not quite understanding how PTF would NOT fit into a show related to “the mission of path to freedom,” PTF’s reply was:
The Dervaes family has accumulated a wealth of experiences, techniques, and perspectives (plus unique “formulas”), honed by years of doing the hard work of living a sustainable lifestyle. Because PTF is not a stunt or a gimmick for publicity’s sake, it is not a one-time wonder. The family walks its talk. And many respect the authentic quality of the Dervaeses, recognizing that they are the real thing. They are the mold, seven years in the forming, in which modern urban homesteaders are cast. With over 4,000 unique visitors a day (1.5 million over the past twelve months), PathtoFreedom.com is the premier urban homesteading website and the locus of a worldwide movement. The Dervaeses have also gained visibility through high profile media coverage, such as major articles in the Los Angeles Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), and Natural Home and Garden magazine, as well as video segments on Hallmark Channel and Discovery Health (with other media projects in the works). Many people are genuinely attempting to change their lives and live more sustainably, even in small ways, by following the example of the Dervaes family. Lately, however, with the easy proliferation of trends via the Internet, some “knock-off” projects have emerged to compete with PTF and use Mr. Dervaes’s ideas—even catch phrases—without acknowledgment. None of these has come close to the results as documented at PathtoFreedom.com.
As with imitation designer handbags, for example, copycat projects lack the quality and, thus, the longevity that distinguish the original. There are no “instant make-overs” in truly sustainable living; consequently, short-cut projects to a green lifestyle are short-lived. People see, or will eventually discover, that cheap substitutes come with inherent flaws. With PTF being the original, modern urban homestead, the Dervaeses have had previous experience of dealing with media projects. Given the many demands on their time in running the homestead, they cannot commit to a vague proposal.
They would be interested in discussing how this could be a “win-win” situation. However, the Dervaeses would need assurance that it would be worth their while and would not become a situation where their visionary concepts and time-tested methods get used without profit to them. Thank you for understanding their position regarding the need to protect their interests.
– JB (Administrative Assistant)
As yet we have not heard back. What do you think? How many of you believe that PTF will be Hollywood bound? Actually, it’s even weird to think about it… is urban homesteading becoming the latest green fad? I wonder if reality would be too much for reality tv. Alas, we have no multiple piecing, tattoos, talk trash, wear skimpy outfits or show cleavage.
Back to the nitty gritty reality of true life. We urban homesteaders, have our hands full – garden to be tended, seeds planted, animals taken care of, a new chicken coop being built.
In fact, we are too busy trying to live an urban homesteader lifestyle and that’s how we keep our feet firmly planted in the reality of day to day struggles of reducing our impact and becoming better stewards of the earth.