Jules Dervaes is an urban homesteader residing in Pasadena, California. His lush gardens, chickens, ducks and goats on less than 1/5th of an acre provide food for his family of 4. We can’t imagine anything better than growing your own, even within a major metropolis such as the Los Angeles basin and then eating it raw, fresh from the garden. Nicholas Reid & Joris Debeij have created one of the best videos we’ve seen illustrating the beauty, simplicity, animals and lifestyle of the Dervaes’ homestead.
Jules and family live a sustainable lifestyle right in the heart of suburbia. They make their own bio-gas, generate their own solar electricity while providing organic raw fruits and vegetables for the local community, restauranteurs and caterers. They have an extensive blog and website at http://urbanhomestead.org/.
Jules Dervaes – I Am Los Angeles from Joris Debeij on Vimeo.
The Dervaes use a bio-intensive no-till mulching raised bed method without chemical pesticides. They also grow on multi levels and in containers. Their bountiful and beautiful landscaping is also edible.
They believe in using the ancient practices of gardening, and offer teaching and training through their website.
Additionally, they are developing their skills and crafts along with the old style of simple living, when neighbors were neighborly, came calling and shared produce, animal husbandry,friendship, comraderie, kinship and knowledge.
We see this as a truly inspired and idyllic way of living in America – a return to old fashioned values when independence and self sufficiency were prized, respected and upheld.