Courtesy of ONE RADIO NETWORK (February 27, 2009)

This is a powerful story.  Jules Dervaes and his family have 1/5 of an acre in Pasadena, California and half of their homestead is filled with fruits, vegetables and animals.  The Dervaes manage to produce nearly 6,000 pounds of vegetables last year – fed themselves and earned $20,000 to boot.

Listen in and you’ll be inspired to get the Spring Freedom Garden happening this year.

This is real freedom as they produce, as they call it, “Weapons of Mass Creation.”  They are as sustainable as one can imagine, smack in the middle of an urban setting.

These people are the real deal, and come the revolution, we are pleased they are on our side.  Enjoy, and as always pass this link on to everyone you care about

Listen to interview

Well, looks like I didn’t get around to updates and happenings from the urban homestead this week.  Right now we are elbow deep in launching the FreedomSeeds.org site so that’s pretty much taking up all our computer time at the moment.

So I guess all the photos and stories will have to wait to till next week.


  1. Laurie says:

    I really enjoyed listening to Jules’ radio interview. My husband and I have chickens and goats and I was glad to learn about how the manure from each of those is used differently, I did not know that!

    The write-up in the current Mother Earth Magazine is very inspirational and I have enjoyed reading through some of the topics on your website. I’m learning some interesting things.

  2. Alice says:

    I just listened to the interview. WOW!! I am so inspired I want to plant something now. I would have to dig down though the foot and a half of snow to do so. I do have some things started in the greenhouse. I found the top of the Iguana cage is warm enough to start the tomatoes. I will leave them in containers in the greenhouse to grow all summer. Last year we had 4 inches of snow on the 12 th of June. I will also get space for more outside that way. Loved to listen. Great information. It was so nice to hear a voice to put with the face now too.

  3. Alice says:

    It’s me again. Just for the record. While you guys were talking about how there weren’t any single women out here that went for that life style. You are mistaken big time. I just love the dirt and growing things. I am at home in jeans and a T shirt. I know how to gather eggs, milk cows and goats. I have helped goats and sheep give birth. I am at home with a pitch fork in my hands cleaning stalls. I love making things with my hands. I knit, crochet and spin. I sew clothes too. I can and bake from scratch. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. I have helped do mechanic work on cars. I lived 9 years with out phone, electricity or running water. I loved it. I was born too late, I am not at home in this age of much. Just thought I would let you know that there is at least one of us granola gals here yet.

  4. DoubleD says:

    Wonderful picture of everyone and the backdrop of the garden beds is not only fitting – but picturesque. Food production gardens really ARE a thing of beauty.

  5. Chris says:

    Well, I can assure you, I am married, but even if I was single, I would be living in the country. I too have lived without elec. and running water. Anyone really can if they can use a out house! LOL Animals, kids, gardens, country all go together. Let me have it any day. C

  6. Karen Joyce says:

    Love your blog! I’m so glad to see someone succeeding at what we are just starting!

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  8. Dawna Lawrence says:

    You are awe inspiring! I am 60, and this life has been my dream for several years!

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