Our friend Pete Jalbert sent us a link to a most interesting website — Path To Freedom, built and maintained by a Pasadena, California family that farms on what it calls its "ordinary city lot" which, to me, means the lot upon which their home stands.
At Path to Freedom, the Dervaes family has steadily transformed their ordinary city lot in Pasadena, California, into an integral urban homestead.
The yard has over 350 varieties of edible and useful plants. The homestead’s productive 1/10 acre organic garden now grows over 6,000 pounds (3 tons) of produce annually. This provides fresh vegetables and fruit for the family’s vegetarian diet and a source of income.
That’s right. An organic garden on land around a private home. Los Angeles is, of course, quite urban and is surrounded by zillions of little suburban areas of which Pasadena is one â€” but don’t take that to mean that L.A. is wall-to-wall concrete. It’s not. We have lots of canyons and valleys and wooded areas and beaches (think: very expensive areas) but the idea of a family founding a little bit of agricultural heaven on the land around its home is … well, fresh and inspiring. Thing is, they’ve also made their organic gardening a business:
The family operates a viable and lucrative home business, Dervaes Gardens, that supplies area restaurants and caterers with salad mix, edible flowers, heirloom variety tomatoes and other in-season vegetables. The income earned from produce sales offsets operating expenses and is invested in appropriate technologies, such as solar panels, energy efficient appliances, and biodiesel processor, to further decrease our homestead’s reliance on the earth’s non-renewable resources.
Well done. Really well done. I’m more than a little surprised at the sheer size of their produce (6,000 pounds or three tons is quite a load), but it’s inspiring. As part of their mission is to share, their website contains quite a bit of information, if you’re in the mind to do a little organic gardening of your own.
But the most important issue is "why"? Why would you grow your own food?
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