On just one tenth of an acre, on a city lot in Pasadena, California 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles the Dervais family have created a truly amazing "urban homestead". They produce 7,000 lbs (3175 kgs) of organic produce annually on their city farm which includes ducks, chickens, goats and bees. Their livestock provide eggs, milk and honey for their vegetarian diet and they use alternative fuels like biodiesel, pedal power and solar panels. I think this is an amazing, inspirational example to us city folks as to what can be accomplished on a small parcel of land. Go to Urban Homestead to learn more about this urban farm.
In our society growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can- and will- overturn the corporate powers that be.
By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world… (urbanhomestead.org)
The Dervaes family on a small city lot in Pasadena, California
One of the greatest obstacles our bees face is living in the toxic environment we have created. Living and planting organically, producing our food locally and reducing our consumption of fossil fuels will go a long way to creating a more healthy environment for our bees and our children (Urban Homestead Bees).
P.S. If you are in the Pasadena area on November 22 Urban Homestead is holding a Thanksgiving Dinner. Wish I could be there.