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About Us

URBAN HOMESTEAD SUPPLY AND FARMSTAND's uniqueness is due in large part to the fact that it is family owned and operated. The products first have to meet rigorous standards of real-life use. And the fresh produce is provided directly from our onsite garden or other local, organic farms that we deal with on a personal level.

The Urban Homestead Garden and Farmstand

...backyard fresh from our organic garden to your table...with pride

Previously known as Dervaes Gardens, Urban Homestead Supply & Farmstand is a backyard family business which sprouted in 1995 and is located in the middle of Pasadena, California. From this bountiful one-tenth of an acre city lot, we grow and sell seasonal, locally grown vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers.

Our specialty is in the unique, rare, and heirloom varieties. Although this restricts the amount of produce we provide, we specialize in quality, not quantity. We provide to you only the very best of what’s growing in our revolutionary organic garden. We also partner with local organic farms and suppliers to offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and specialty food items.

The Dervaes family have always been gardeners with a generational 'green thumb,' but it was a hobby of pleasure and for feeding the family. We lived simply and sustainably on our Urban Homestead. However, when the severe California drought of the 1990s hit, Jules Dervaes, Jr. was faced with either paying higher bills or conserving water. So Jules ripped out our moisture-challenged front lawn, mulched it thickly to smother the persistent pest of Bermuda grass and sprinkled wildflower seeds everywhere. And then came the infamous year of the 'El Nino' weather phenomenon, 1995. Our yard blossomed with mounds of nasturtiums and became a lush blaze of color. Nurtured by rich soil and soaking rains, the nasturtiums flourished with large and prolific blooms. A feature in a local newspaper about a downtown Pasadena tea shop caught Jules' eye and stirred his imagination. Edible flowers were used not only for decoration but also for taste and interest. Surrounded in his yard by the very flowers extolled in the article, Jules had an idea. We contacted the tea shop, offered our blooms along with the sales pitch of right-off-the plant kind of freshness and quality and, by the end of the day, we had our first client. Our produce business was launched.

Today, the Urban Homesteads serves many quality restaurants and caterers in Pasadena and the surrounding area. Our produce and flowers have been found on tables at celebrity parties, charity functions and exclusive events. As our garden flourished, we moved beyond gardening for food and profit and began a public enterprise that evolved from our personal commitment to earth stewardship. This sustainable journey, documented on our website http://www.urbanhomestad.org has garnered worldwide attention since being publicly launched in 2001.

For LA area residents, we have partnered with Good Eggs LA to provide FREE weekly delivery of our produce to your door!  Visit: http://www.goodeggs.com/urbanhomestead

General Store and Farm Supply

We are dedicated to bringing to you tried-and-true products for the self-reliant eco-pioneer. Behind our store stands a decades-long project founded by me in 1986. My family and I are seeking to live a true modern pioneer life. Most of the products offered here are in use every day on the homestead. This isn't your typical store but a real-life working sustainable urban "farm" where products have to perform reliably and are expected to last a long time under regular (daily) abuse. You won't find frivolous eco-novelties in this shop. If it doesn't work for us, we don't offer it - plain and simple.

We appreciate your business!

Jules Dervaes
Proprietor

 


 
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