Super excited to share this pod with you. The Dervaes family is changing the way we see our grades. They are revolutionizing how we eat and how we look at produce. They have managed to turn a 1/10th acre ordinary home in Pasadena in an urban homestead producing just over 7 tonnes of fresh organic produce annually. Of which they save bucks and a carbon footprint and consume 60% themselves. Listen to this episode about how one man, Jules Dervaes jnr, changed the game and how his three kids, Justin, Anais and Jordanne have kept the flag waving very high.
In 1985 the Dervaes bought a run-down circa 1917 craftsman-style house in the metropolis of Pasadena which is just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Downsizing from rural 10 acres to suburban 1/10 acre, they thought they’d have to put aside their “country” lifestyle. But, try as the city life may, it couldn’t take their country ways. Instead, they decided to bring their country homesteading lifestyle to their urban plot.
No one thought it was possible. They forged ahead and with no small means of blood, sweat and tears, they worked to transform this ordinary urban plot into an extraordinary example of homesteading in the city. They are now living off the land “directly” — supplying their diet, and “indirectly” — they sell the excess harvest to local establishments and individuals through a customized CSA program via their Front Porch Farmstand.
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