Here’s a dream many of us can relate to—starting our very own homesteads and living an abundant self-sufficient lifestyle. We also know it sounds easier than it really is and requires more from us. But for Jules Dervaes and family, they’ve got it down pat all on 1/10th of an acre—right smack in the middle of a busy city.
In 1985, the Dervaes family downsized from a rural 10-acre land and moved into a rundown 1917 Craftsman-style house in Pasadena, California. They thought they had to give up their country homesteading ways to adjust to a city lifestyle but found they couldn’t escape their roots even if they wanted to. And so began the Urban Homestead project.
Working on 4,000 sq. ft., or roughly 1/10th of an acre, the Dervaes family started growing their own produce, and raising their own chickens, ducks, and goats. On a good year, they grow over 400 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and edible plants, over a thousand eggs, and 25 lbs. of honey. Overall, their homestead can produce 6,000 lbs. of food every year. It’s enough to feed their small family and still have more left for selling. Even gourmet restaurants in the city come to their doorstep for the organic produce.
The Dervaes family’s Urban Homestead success story revolutionizes the idea of what could be done in a very small, unlikely space, and with very little. They’re bringing back what’s lost to most of us—getting back to nature and the ability to be self-sufficient, living a sustainable, environment-friendly, and non-consumer-driven lifestyle.
They’re an inspiring example that this “grow your own food” lifestyle can be achieved with the willingness to start with what you have, learn what you need to do, and work hard and commit to it.
Watch how the Urban Homestead works:
For more info on the Urban Homestead project and the Dervaes family, check out their website: http://urbanhomestead.org/
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