An Amazing and Prolific Urban Homestead

The common conception of homesteading is that it's a rural activity. But one man in Pasadena, CA and his adult children have created a wildly successful urban homestead on one-tenth of an acre.



Dervaes homestead oasis
With perseverance and ingenuity, Jules Dervaes created his urban homestead, an oasis in the middle of urban Pasadena, CA.
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Dervaes fam
The irrepressible Jules Dervaes and his children, Jordanne, Anaïs and Justin.
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Gardening Dervaes
To make the most of the space, Dervaes-style gardening often means vertical gardens.
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Children homestead
The homestead and Dervaes children in 1986, when it all started.
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Dervaes Jules
Jules Dervaes back-to-the-land in New Zealand, 1973.
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Homestead Dervaes
The Path to Freedom urban homestead today.
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Black cochin hen
Clementine, a standard black cochin hen.
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Dervaes canning
The fruits of labor.
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Nigerian Dwarf Doe
Lady Fairlight, a Nigerian dwarf doe.
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Dervaes flowers
It’s not all beans and squash; there’s even room for a flower patch!
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Dervaes harvest
The harvests increased yearly, reaching an annual yield of more than 6,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables on just one-tenth an acre land.
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Dervaes fruit
The annual harvest is the equivalent of more than 60,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables per acre!
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Dervaes solar panel
The homestead’s 2 kW solar power system produces about two-thirds of the Dervaes’ electricity needs — diligently minimized to no more than 6 kWh a day.
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Trowel
“The way to survival is through working in our earth, and the tool of salvation is a trowel.” Jules Dervaes brandishes the “tool of salvation” in his one-trowel revolution.
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