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New video: Jules Dervaes and his family at their Urban Homestead in Pasadena, California

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Model Urban Farm – Excellent 8 minute video

Reporter/Producer: Val Zavala
Video by SoCal Connected (KCET Public Television)
December 10, 2010
Highly recommended. Mike

Anchor Val Zavala visits an urban farmer in Pasadena whose family-run farm allows them to harvest enough not only to feed themselves but also to sell to local restaurants.

Visit Urban Homestead here.

December 14, 2010   2 Comments

Ph.D. thesis – Urban Agriculture as Revolution: An Action Research and Social Movement Analysis of Food Production in Alameda County, California

Cattle at the edge of Pleasanton. Photo by Kristin Reynolds.

Urban Agriculture as Revolution

By Kristin Arfi Reynolds
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Davis
(c) 2010


This dissertation examines characteristics of urban agriculture as a social movement using Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area as a study context. The overarching goals of this study were: a) to add to the theoretical understanding of urban agriculture in the Global North; b) to assess urban agriculture practitioners’ interest in receiving technical assistance from University of California Cooperative Extension, (UCCE); c) to assess the possibilities for, and take steps toward, expanding UCCE assistance for a diversity of urban agriculture practitioners.

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June 13, 2010   4 Comments

Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture Project, Sacramento, California

Short news clip from KTXL Fox 40 News in Sacramento, California about a farm company teaching people how to maintain crops and create their own food in an urban environment.

Past, Present, and Future of the group

Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture Project started in 2000 as a small urban organic farm located in Sacramento, California. Our story began with two young and inexperienced organic farmers who had a dream and lots of ambition. Wanting to reconnect urban dwellers with healthy food and where it comes from, Marco and I put a hand written note in the mailbox of a local Sacramento resident asking if we could grow on her land in exchange for produce. The next day a deal was struck, and Soil Born Farms was born. Seven seasons later, filled with hard work and lessons learned, Soil Born has grown and matured beyond expectations.

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May 30, 2010   Comments Off on Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture Project, Sacramento, California

Home with food on the roof – Venice, California

veniceroofPhoto by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.

Venice’s green cube – A couple redesigned their house to be eco-friendly, right down to the plant-covered exterior walls, vibrant rooftop meadow and vegetable garden.

Debra Prinzing
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2010


On the roof, the staircase tower doubles as a funnel to draw cool air to the interior. It opens onto a green meadow planted with native grasses; walkways and decking are made from Trex, a recycled composite material. The vegetable garden only takes up a 3-by-12 foot slice, but it is “one of the biggest draws that pulls everyone to the roof,” Marc adds.

“I have an amazing amount of produce up there — including artichokes, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, celery, parsley, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, plus a lemon and orange tree,” Paul says. “People think you need massive amounts of space or a big backyard, but this is just a tiny triangle.”

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April 26, 2010   Comments Off on Home with food on the roof – Venice, California

CNN Video: Urban farmers living off land


June 15, 2008. CNN’s Thelma Gutierrez reports on a family living the ultimate green lifestyle on an urban farm in Pasadena, California.

Click on this link to go to the video.

“At Path to Freedom, the Dervaes family has steadily transformed their ordinary city lot in Pasadena, California, into an integral urban homestead. And, along the way, they are striving to become earth stewards, taking care of the precious gift we all have been given.

“These eco-pioneers regard their 1/5 acre urban homestead as a sustainable living resource center where they are setting out to live by example while also inspiring others to “just do it!”

Visit Path to Freedom web site here.

June 19, 2008   Comments Off on CNN Video: Urban farmers living off land