No, this is not a call for donations to support this site. Instead, we want to give you money! We are looking for a few good writers and video clips…

Writing assignment

If you like to write and have found this site inspiring and life changing, we are outsourcing a much needed writing assignment that we’ve been putting off – a press release(s) about this site and our family’s project.

There are many aspects one can choose from: the overall growing “urban homesteading” movement, preparing for peak oil, city chickens-goats-ducks, “100 mile potluck, powering down – solar, sun & cob oven, etc.   Many of these projects are definitely news worthy and need to be shared with as many people as possible.   The Path to Freeodm website has for over 6 years freely shown how a more sustainable life can be reached if we take small steps.

…. what others have to say

Ideally, the Dervaes would reside on a couple of country acres in order to live the organic, self-sufficient eco-friendly and health conscious lifestyle they live. Instead, finding themselves in the middle of an urban landscape, on a simple city block in Pasadena, California, the five member family has transformed the 1/5 acre and city home into a sustainable urban homestead that provides them with enough organic and cancer prevention food that they have turned the excess crops into a lucrative home business. The family is vegetarian, and the yard blooms with over 350 varieties of edible and useful plants. The 1/10 acre organic garden now grows over 6,000 pounds of organic produce each year. The money from the cottage-industry produce business helps fund purchases of solar panels, energy efficient appliances, and a biodiesel processor. The family makes their own vegetable oil-based bio-diesel fuel to run the family car. They have chickens and ducks, and compost with worms. The Dervaes family is generous in the time they spend showing others what they are doing, from allowing local school children come take a tour to giving how-to workshops to keeping a blog. For the last three years, I have followed their daily lifestyle with fascination, reading the daily journal they keep. So much in the way they live is a cancer prevention lifestyle. They protect their health, they protect the health of others, and they protect the health of the planet — in the way they choose to live. All while living in the middle of a city on a small city lot.
Via thecancerblog.com

We try to keep as much work “in house” as possible, but haven’t been able to get this writing project done.    This is a paying request, so submit press release(s) by mail oremail (by July 31 st), we’ll pick the best and gladly pay for the writing services.   { Helpful link:How to Write a Press Release }

For a brief outline of the list of steps that we have taken please check out ‘At a Glance‘ also don’t forget to read over the many other pages (including the Media and Press Kit )that tell about us and our project.

Video clips
As we move ahead with putting together a video about PTF to bring this project to the people, we are wanting to include you, our readers.

Here’s what we are seeking:
1. A short (30-60 second) clip about how this site has inspired you, your family or community with positive actions.  
2. Along with the video clip (VHS, digital video – via web or DVD are acceptable), don’t forget to include your current contact information (name, address, phone number, email) along with written permission for us to use the video.
Deadline is August 30, 2006

Note: All submissions shall become the sole property of PTF Productions and may be used in any manner in all media. Entrants should include a $3.00 handling fee per tape, in U.S. money order, if you wish us to return your video. We also reserve the right to edit any submission.

Part II update

Well, the update is that there is no update or progress, sorry to say. The 75 pages (or more) are still in drafts and have yet to be proof read, edited and published and it looks like they won’t be for awhile   We still have continued to make changes in our lives — pushing forward and pressing onward in our journey and, unfortunately, this site’s much anticipated “Part 2” has been put on the shelf again… It’s frustrating not being able to do everything that one set out to do – it will be published, just not in the time frame we had planned.

To do today…

Make cheese, pick berries, pick and pack salad, nasturtiums and herbs (for clients), call clients for week orders, deliver (on bike), organize bulk food items, plant veggies, start taking off the shingles off part of the house, etc, etc.


How healthy is your new hybrid? Factory air {SFGate}

That new car smell you savor is really an airborne soup of chemicals that could prove hazardous to your health.
As a designer of green buildings and concerned about indoor air quality, it was natural for me to worry about how healthful the air was in the Prius I bought in October. The new-car smell was obvious, but I wanted to understand what caused it. Just what were my son and I being exposed to as we drove around getting such great gas mileage?
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Pesticides dramatically increase risk of Parkinson’s {DailyMail UK}

Common pesticides dramatically increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, research has revealed. A study of chemicals in everyday products such as weedkillers and fly sprays found users were almost twice as likely to develop the brain condition.
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Americans’ circle of close friends shrinking {Yahoo}

Americans are more socially isolated than they were 20 years ago, separated by work, commuting and the single life, researchers reported on Friday. Nearly a quarter of people surveyed said they had “zero” close friends with whom to discuss personal matters. More than 50 percent named two or fewer confidants, most often immediate family members, the researchers said.
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  1. Wildside says:

    “Americans are more socially isolated than they were 20 years ago, separated by work, commuting and the single life, researchers reported on Friday.”

    Thanks for sharing this tidbit. I tried to link to read the article, but couldn’t (think more of a problem on my end than yours — too slow a connection). This is something I see in my own life and why sometimes I think I’ve got to be offline more as it seems my daily friends are the online ones. In the past few years I have become more closed myself and often like this being alone so am partly to blame. But then this is because people walking by are sometimes more interested in talking on their cellphones than interaction with the person in front of them and others without cellphones will ignore you and look the other way if you greet them. Times have changed and quickly in our rapidly urbanizing small town. I’ve been learning that many people (both new and old, but especially new) don’t really want their neighbors to say hello or be friendly with them face to face — they have their own complicated life to worry about and you are just an intrusion… However, I haven’t entirely given up! I still will leave random offerings of produce, flowers, and baked goods with them… And this week that has meant some friendly interactions that possibly wouldn’t have been otherwise!