Photos: Edible living arrangements at Pasadena’s Urban Homestead

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In the middle of the bustle of Pasadena lies the Urban Homestead, a self-reliant oasis for Jules Dervaes and his adult children, Anais, Justin and Jordanne.
The family lives and works on the property, where a tenth of an acre is devoted to gardening.
The average home-sized spot has yielded more than 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables annually for the past two years. It boasts more than 400 different types of produce, as well as nearly 2,000 chicken and duck eggs and 25 pounds of honey, which is sold to local restaurants, caterers and other clients and also finds its way to the Dervaes’ table.
Read more by reporter Michelle J. Mills in Rose Magazine, at the interactive link below, plus lots of photos after the jump:

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Eco-pioneers: Pasadena’s Dervaes family and urban homesteading

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The Dervaes family went green — before going green became chic.

It was about a decade ago that Jules Dervaes decided to try to go off the grid and become almost fully self-sustained in the family’s 1917 Craftsman house and small property in North Pasadena.

Read more about their adventures, their approach to homesteading and sample some of their recipes in this report by Natalie Haughton, food editor of the Los Angeles Daily News.

(Photo by John McCoy / Staff)

Model home: Green abode in Pasadena is designer’s playground


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The Star-News carried a feature by Juliette Funes this weekend on the home of Kristina Urbana Spencer, who is an interior designer and the owner of Pasadena-based Setting the Stage Interior Design.

The modern home is a model of sustainability, being both eco-friendly and allergen-free:

“For a long time, green was not necessarily beautiful,” Spencer said. “Your choice was hemp, hemp and hemp. With the explosion of truly green products, you have much more variety.”


Let’s take a peek around the house.

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