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:
Public Editor Larry Wilson picks up in his column the story on a potential cooperative (meaning, member-owned) food market that’s gaining steam in Altadena:
Right now, in the organizing phase, Arroyo is
looking for 500 members to come in at $300 before the end of the year
to raise some capital toward start-up costs and construction beginning
next summer. The group says that some of the advantages to the early
adapters will be members-only events and discounts on store items.
One beauty part: “We want to build not just a healthy
grocery store but a gathering place in the community for events and
classes, plus a locally run cafe and brew pub.”
The Arroyo Food Co-op would aim to provide more organic products, stock from local producers, reasonable prices and a direct line to a more sustainable, “green” lifestyle.