ecopioneerLast night’s screening of the documentary Homegrown (part of the St. Louis International Film Festival) filled me with excitement, possibility, hope, and amazement. Homegrown tells the story of the Dervaes family and their urban homestead. They grow over 6500lbs of produce on a 1/5 of an acre at their home in Pasadena, CA.

The family also uses solar power, makes their own bio-diesel, has chickens for eggs, a couple of goats for compost and manure, uses their home as learning center for area schools, and sells their produce to local restaurants and catering businesses. One of the wonderful things about this family of four (dad and his three kids who are now adults) is that they constantly challenge themselves to see what is possible–how much more food can they grown, how can they be more self-sufficient, how can they best share their knowledge….the list goes on.

I was excited to think about my own backyard and what might be possible there. My friend and neighbor Anita went with me and we joked about busting out the fence that separates our yards so we could really do some damage! Several of the things they do were beyond my current comprehension–washing clothes by hand, manufacturing bio-diesel and even eschewing electric appliance like blenders, food processors and microwaves in favor of hand operated appliances. They are the real deal.

Check out their website www.pathtofreedom.com I’m dreaming of getting a copy of the video and having a viewing party at the cafe one night. Fun?

Lets hear it for real mavericks.



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  1. Stacy

    I just found your stores website via Consumer Reports Eat Well Guide. I will stop by for a visit. I live in South County and have been toying with making the real effort to find and eat more local food. I’d be interested in seeing the film!

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