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Controversial ‘Urban Homesteading’ Jules Dervaes (1947-2016)

Jules Dervaes (1947 – December 2016) was an urban farmer and a proponent of the urban homesteading movement.

From Wikipedia:


Self-sufficient in the city

Dervaes has a one-fifth acre lot in Pasadena, California,on which he and his family raise three tons of food per year. This provides 75 percent of their annual food needs, 99 percent of their produce and helps them sustain an organic produce business. They also raise ducks, chickens, goats, bees, compost worms and are running an aquaponics fish experiment.

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From homestead to farm stand, how a Kansas City couple grows in the city

Daniel Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio have built a life with the their two sons, Solomon and Percy on their 13-acre urban farm, Urbavore. Photo by Rich Sugg.

“We live so differently than everyone else, we’re total freaks, we know that, but we believe what we’re doing is, in some ways, noble,” Salvaggio says.

By Jennifer Mazi
Kansas City
May 23, 2017


Now, a decade and two children later, farmers Brooke Salvaggio and Daniel Heryer, both 35, are on their knees weeding radishes on a sunny Wednesday morning. They discuss who will do what on the 13.5-acre plot of land they call Urbavore Farm, a nearly round-the-clock urban agricultural endeavor they have built from scratch in a quiet, working-class neighborhood 5 miles east of the Country Club Plaza.

There are few vacations, little time off, date-night scarcity.

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