This family homestead, located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, is an inspiration to us all. How can just 1/10th of an acre produce 6000 pounds of food in a season? Just watch the video and see how everyone works together to make this miracle happen in such a small space.
The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year. Some people might not produce this volume on 10 acres.
There is a mega-trend in America to get closer to the earth with lifestyle of working with nature and not against it. Consumers don’t trust Monsanto GMO crops, nor all the herbicide glyphosates it takes to grow the crop weed-free. In fact, America is one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t banned GMO for human consumption.
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Remember Paul Harvey? And now the rest of the story with insight into the why one would take a tiny piece of land and make it an urban homestead.
This film features: Jules Dervaes, Justin Dervaes, Anais Dervaes and Jordanne Dervaes
Homegrown Revolution is a short introduction to the homegrown project that has been called a new revolution in urban sustainability.
In the midst of a dense city setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead and model for sustainable agriculture and city living.
Through the creation of the “Urban Homestead” the Dervaes family shows that change is possible — one step at a time. They harvest 3 tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel in order to reduce their footprint on the earth’s resources.
Through the creation of the “Urban Homestead” the Dervaes family shows that change is possible,
Homegrown Revolution is a short film that was never created for a film festival circuit but has a true homegrown, homemade story behind its creation.
The original version of Homegrown Revolution was made in three days for a lecture Jules Dervaes gave at the University of California Los Angeles in October 2007 on the topic of Slow Food (SEE ORIGINAL VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89HRDn… ). It received a wildly enthusiastic response from the students and, subsequently, attracted an avid following on YouTube, with over 500,000 views to date.
This new version of Homegrown Revolution was created in 2009 and went on to screen at many film festivals throughout the world.
It is a collaborative project done by Jules, Anais, Justin and Jordanne with each member taking part in the filming, editing and structure of the film. No one had any previous film editing / filming experience but they hope the passion and enthusiasm of their lifestyle and project show through any technical flaws.
Made in-house on computers powered by solar/green sources. All transportation was done in a biodiesel-fuled car and All camera/mic batteries were rechargeable and charged with solar energy. Waste was kept to a minimum — paper composted or recycled and all publicizing materials printed on post consumer paper.