If you live anywhere near Nevada City CA get out your calendars because PTF is going to be up there Jan 9-11 to give a workshop on urban homesteading along and premier our little in home production Homegrown Revolution.
We are also considering a No Cal Freedom Garden meetup while we are up there – anyone want to help us organize this? We could use help getting the word out, etc.
Speaking of our northern sister state. I can’t believe So Cal has more Freedom Gardeners than No Cal! And No Cal is supposed to be full of hipster foodies growing their own food and LA full of self centered, car obsessed yuppies. Well, that’s the impression they like to give us anyway. *grin*
Really, what’s up with you No Calers? Thought you don’t like to be beat by your southern sister state at anything. Gonna do something about it now are ya? Or are you going to leave us to gloat.
Are you sensing a challenge here? Well, you got that right. I am asking that you No Cal folks to put your trowel where you mouth is (?) and put your Freedom Gardens on the map.
Ok, now back to the schedule….
Here’s what’s on tap.
4:00 PM Opening Reception
Where: Mowen Solinsky Gallery & Bella Vita Gallery
Cost: Free & open to the public
7:00 PM screening of Homegrown Revolution. In person: Jules, Justin, Jordanne, and Anais Dervaes
Where: at the Great Hall, Miners Foundry
Cost: Tickets available
What: Homegrown Revolution (USA, 2007, 12 min)
WORLD PREMIERE In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead. They harvest nearly 3 tons of organic food from their 1/5 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, as well as solar energy and biodiesel.
2:00 PM Urban Homesteading workshop with Jules Dervaes
Where: Activist Center 1
Cost: Free & open to the public
What: The path to sustainable living in the city
Urban homesteader, Jules Dervaes, speaks about his 20 year journey toward a sustainable, self-sufficient life in the city. At Path to Freedom, the Dervaes family is living a protest against corporate control of the food supply by growing 6,000 pounds of produce a year on 1/5 of an acre. Jules and his family will explain how we can take steps where we are, with what we have—right now!—to become more independent and secure in difficult times and to be responsible stewards of the earth. Special Bonus: FREE screening of their 12min film, Homegrown Revolution! You can also watch their film on Friday evening in the Great Hall.
Jules Dervaes is the founder of Path to Freedom, a family-operated urban homestead project established in 2001 to promote a simpler and more fulfilling lifestyle. Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Dervaes and his three adult children, Anaïs, Justin, and Jordanne, have steadily worked to transform their ordinary city lot in Pasadena, California, into a thriving organic garden that supplies them and their “citified” backyard farm animals with food year round. These eco-pioneers also run a successful business selling fresh produce to local restaurants. The income helps fund their purchases of solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and a biodiesel processor to further decrease the homestead’s reliance on Earth’s non-renewable resources. The Dervaes family will present their film, Homegrown Revolution. on Friday evening in the Great Hall.
TBD No Cal Freedom Garden meetup with Path to Freedom
Where: not sure
Here’s where we’d like to hold a Freedom Garden community event/gathering sometime during brunch.
Contact us or leave a comment if you are interested in attending/helping out.
For more information about the entire environmental film festival check out their website
Life on the Urban Homestead
Sorry for all the announcements lately. Kinda diverging from life here on the urban homestead. But I guess that’s just life for now. Not that anything’s changed here on the urban homestead we are still tending the garden, animals and our little patch of earth.
I know many of you have expressed wishes for there to be more about our life here at LHITC and we hope to oblige you but first we have to get through all past and upcoming events. So stay tuned, hopefully I’ll wrangle out a few homesteading posts this week.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have to muck out the chicken house.