Homegrown Revolution: The Urban Homestead

(Last Updated On: October 30, 2017)


HomegrownRevolutionHomegrown Revolution is a short introduction to the home-grown 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 tenth of an acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel in order to reduce their footprint on the earth’s resources.

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. It received a wildly enthusiastic response from the students and, subsequently, attracted an avid following on YouTube.

This new version of Homegrown Revolution was created in 2009. It was screened 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 or filming experience but the family 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-fuelled 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.

This film is also available on DVD, from the Urban Homestead website.

Thanks to the Dervaes family.

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