Produced and directed by Jules Dervaes
Ex-hippie Jules Dervaes demonstrates how to get mostly off the grid on a small city lot in this short YouTube video. This is a one-fifth-acre lot which is half covered with house, garage, and concrete. So he has one-tenth of an acre for growing things.
Living in southern California has its pros and cons. You get plenty of sun for solar power, and winter is very mild, but you don’t get a lot of rain. Besides vegetables and plant food, he and his children raise a few ducks, chickens and goats for eggs and milk. They also produce some biodiesel fuel. Extra produce is sold to a local restaurant. They produce around six thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables per year. That covers an estimated 80-90 percent of their diet in the summer and over 50 percent in the winter. Their diet is mostly vegetarian but not vegan.
Jules’ motivation is to break free from corporate control and abuse. His strategy is to stop feeding the beast and be as self-reliant as possible. If everybody got as much out of their property as he does, the corporations would be in trouble. The thumb is UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2014