This Workshop will be presented by Jules Dervaes. Since 2001, Jules Dervaes and his family have been living a protest—Path to Freedom—against corporate control of the food supply. They now grow over 2.7 tonnes of organic produce annually on a one-fifth acre residential lot in Pasadena, California (1/10 acre garden). Their project incorporates alternative energy, transportation, and back-to-basics practices. In a talk illustrated with stunning photos of his Southern California urban homestead, Mr. Dervaes will present steps individuals can take, where they are and with what they have, to become self-sufficient and live as responsible stewards of the earth.

This presentation will include a screening of the family's popular, multi award- winning 16 minute short film Homegrown Revolution currently being screened at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in Palmerston North (

Jules Dervaes, founder of the urban homestead movement, and his three adult children, Anais, Justin, and Jordanne, are eco-pioneers demonstrating how living self-sufficiently can be achieved in a city residential environment with limited space. Additional sustainability projects the family have undertaken include raising "citified" farm animals; installing solar panels to generate electricity for their home; and making their own biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil. Mr. Dervaes's first "homestead" was here in the South Island in the early to mid-1970s.
North New Brighton War Memorial and Community Centre (93 Marine Parade) 10am-12pm, Sunday 30th May Entry $5

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  • Thanks for posting this. I went to it - was very encouraging, and entertaining :)
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