Check out this month’s (October) issue of WHOLE PERSON MAGAZINE (you can get copies at Pasadena’s Main Public Library) for an intimate interview with Jules Dervaes in which he talks about his first homestead back in the 70’s, growing food in the city, climate change & stewardship and even religion.
Pasadena Homestead Part 1
For the Children: An Interview
I met with the Dervaes family on a sultry sunny day. Our surroundings were something to behold; every bit of earth bursting with life, no ground left unplanted. Bees & butterflies hovered over everything from gourmet lettuces destined for local restaurants to twisting vines of an Italian heritage squash, grown on arbors creating much-needed shade. We stat on a porch surrounded by fruit trees, flowers and the sound of contented chickens proudly announcing newly-laid eggs. All of this – including two goats and several ducks — supported, maintained and held to organic and sustainable standards by the hard work and passion love of Jules Dervaes and his grown children.
Those familiar with the slow food and sustainable-practices movement are probably already aware of the Pasadena Urban Homestead. The micro farm established in pursuit of a low impact lifestyle within the city has gained following of those who appreciate the Dervaes’ quest for self-sufficiency.
The Whole Person Calendar had a rate and wonderful opportunity to visit and talk to the Dervaes about their lives. What follows is the first of a two-part interview- a conversation with Jules Dervaes and next month a talk with Anais, Justin and Jordanne.
read/view article online (see pages 8,9,56,57)