More about The Urban Homestead, “The Path to freedom”

This family shows how, in a family home back yard, they earn an income, eat far better than most, and live sustainably on little cost.

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. 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.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

8 thoughts on “More about The Urban Homestead, “The Path to freedom”

      • I wish I could get this place so right! We have just under 4 acres here and chaos reigns supreme over most of it…I have all of these visions in my head and when we head out to get stuck in there is so much that needs doing first, what you want done rarely eventuates…we will get it nailed one day, it’s slowly coming together 🙂


      • Geez, we’d be exactly the same, we are bad enough on 1/4 acre lol. This family started small and just increased their efforts over the years and refined. There is hope for us yet!! You are so lucky having 4 acres, I bet you love it 🙂


  1. I love reading about this family, so thanks for sharing. Don’t know if I’d be so intense, as I’m on my own, but I’d love to use some of their ideas . . . ~ Linne


    • Yeah, I couldn’t go that far either…wouldn’t have the energy or that sort of commitment – BUT I really like that they have done so much with their little section, have provided themselves with an income as well as feeding them all, and do such alot to inspire others. Pretty cool lifestyle and ethos really.


    • Incredible ay. They are truly inspirational just alone in that they show you can feed a family well on such a small plot but you can also provide yourself with employment if necessary, important things in these times when so many fear for their future financially.


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