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About Dervaes Institute

Through hands-on research, practice, and the free dissemination of information, the Dervaes Institute empowers grassroots, popular movements that create a more sustainable, independent and self-reliant future for all.

The Dervaes Institute supports a variety of earth stewardship activities and participates in funding the practical research and development and dissemination to communities in every part of the world. The Institute’s work began with the founding of an URBAN HOMESTEAD® project as a model and is named in honor of Jules Dervaes Sr. (1913 - 1996).

This viable model has been operated by the Jules Dervaes family in Pasadena, California, U.S.A since its founding in the mid-1980s. As it has grown over the last decade, the Urban Homestead’s innovations, hands-on research, and outreach activities have inspired millions to seek out new ways to grow and eat as much of their own food as possible, be more mindful of what and how they consume, and to have a greater understanding for how living locally and home-based makes a positive difference both environmentally and economically around the world.

URBAN HOMESTEADING®, as promoted by the Dervaes Institute, is now characterized as a worldwide movement and lifestyle. Jules Dervaes authored and published the "10 Elements of Urban Homesteading."

Serving as a nexus for research and development, as well as a day-to-day practice in sustainability, the Dervaes Institute underwrites several projects. These include online social networking websites, a concerted educational and outreach program on a local, regional, and international scale through teaching events and media appearances, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors that put sustainable and ecologically diverse products straight into the homes and practices of homegrown revolutionaries and urban homesteaders worldwide.

The Foundation Tree: Branches of Work & Outreach (View as PDF) or (View as JPG)