“Homegrown”: New documentary on Pasadena urban microfarm

Just got an email from the director of “Homegrown,” what looks like a cool new documentary. It’s about the Dervaes family, who run a microscopic organic farm in urban Pasadena, California. They live on one-fifth of an acre, and their garden takes up less than a tenth of an acre: just 3,900 square feet. From that, they harvest 6,000 pounds of food annually — growing more than 350 different vegetables, herbs, fruits, and berries! As I learned from their blog, Little Homestead in the City, the Dervaes are aiming to produce more than 10,000 pounds by the end of this year.

They are also extremely Web-savvy, one of the reasons why the film is subtitled “The 21st Century Family Farm.” Their website Path to Freedom documents their farming practices in great detail, and attracts enough traffic to support ads. Apparently the family is struggling over how to balance the dirt- and digital-based demands.

Judging from the trailer, the film looks professionally shot, edited, and quite interesting. “Homegrown” is screening in New York City at Lincoln Center on November 3 at 6 p.m. as part of the Green Screens series. It is also showing at the St. Louis International Film Festival on November 16 at 5:15 p.m., at the Tivoli Theatre 3 in St. Louis, MO. Let us know if it’s as tasty as it looks.

One Responseto ““Homegrown”: New documentary on Pasadena urban microfarm”

  1. Misty Day, C.A.P. says:

    I am so inspired by your blog — I found it while searching for ways to fund a homestead or minifarm coop. I am taking a course at UCLA to learn how to write proposals to foundations, but finding the right niche is taking a lot of time. Can you tell us of sources for funding to purchase “bricks and mortar” items such as land and buildings as well as edible landscaping, tools, hydroponic or french intensive garden supplies, greenhouses, trestle tables, etc? We don’t want to take out loans, we would like to establish a non-profit foundation and have a number of eligibility statuses. We can make it a wellness coop, so it falls under the health and helping the disabled category. Or an educational group. Or a sustainable ecological village sort of thing. Any clues would be greatly appreciated!