6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre – Urban Farm – Urban Homestead – Growing Your Own Food


Published on Mar 20, 2012 by FoodAbundance

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org

Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.

8 thoughts on “6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre – Urban Farm – Urban Homestead – Growing Your Own Food

  1. This is a simple, honest life, unlike the dishonest life so many people prefer to live today. most people prefer to be self indulgent and lazy and bitch about how bad and hard they all got it. Well here ya`ll go. I wish more people would do something like this. And id ya got to rent from some low life land lord then talk to the landlord about getting something like this started and it maybe would benifit everybody and be of benifit to all. IT IS NOT ALL THAT HARD TO DO PEOPLE!!!

    1. That’s a soon to be plan my wife and I put together over the last year or so. Raising talipia, veggies, our own meats. I’ll be putting this new lifestyle together in the next few months and I cant wait! A couple of hillbillies on the mountain top far away from the modern day lifestyle that is the so called “American Dream”.
      My favorite part is going to be getting out of the clutches of the bankers and teaching my kids that there is a better way. A way to live hand in hand with nature.

      1. Now that is a good attitude. You keep the faith because it just keeps getting easier and better. 🙂 🙂 Thumbs up to ya bro.

  2. Add in the overhead for building all here. Then take that money and invest it. Then look at what it cost to grow all to feed yourself. They are probably loosing money here over store bought. True they have better produce on the table from it. I have a garden and orchard here. Figure all cost in. Start your seed on top of the fridge, move to the window shelf, move to a plastic greenhouse outside, till the soil, free manure and minerals added. Grow and well water. Not near the overhead I see there. And it cost 90% of what it cost to buy from the store. Time you put it up to last all year. But much better quality in the home grown. And a fruit orchard as well. There cost are around 75% of store bought. But sweet fruit, and frozen fruit for the year, and home made fruit syrup for my pancakes, juice. No comparison to what is store bought. So quality is far higher. But as to money saved after cost. Not that much difference there. Look at maybe $500 a year per person at most. With a low overhead garden and orchard. After cost to grow and raise your own. And free labor from you. If you do not enjoy gardening I would not do it. But it can be a labor of love, peace of mind, and keep you in shape just hand pulling weeds from it.

  3. I would like to start something on my farm here in kula that ties in with veterans, i have way more space to grow stuff than i can use with the business model i have adopted (ie, self sufficient and makes just enough to pay the bills with nothing left over for the gov)
    It is real therapeutic to work in the fields, and i have been real fortunate so would like to spread it around, the state office of veterans affairs said they couldnt help me with contacts because i am not a government approved organization, think i might put up a flyer at the gun shops. Its amazing how much food you can grow on a few acres!

    1. Ya see Kulafarmer, That is because the state office of vetrans affairs do not care or give a ripp about you or anything you have to offer that is possitive. Remember that they believe that you are govt. property so if you ask for anything then it is govt. prop. also. If you get anything from the govt. then the govt. owns you. Don`t ask the govt. unless you want to have them to “think” that they own you. Sad isn`t it.

      1. It really is sad,
        I would like to be of service , wounded warriors, or even just any vets who are into it. Will benefit their families.
        I was taking kale and chard witch are my primary crops to the food bank, they told me not to bring it any more because they threw it all away anyway, now mind you my produce is excellent and they were getting what the stores get but in bulk.
        So screw that!

        1. YOU KEEP THE FAITH Kulafarmer!!! we all need more like you Kulafarmer 🙂 , hard as it is it will just keep getting easier buddy. The govt. can stay with themselves and us people can stay amoungst oursewlves and we people will see who will come asking for help crawlin` on their knees when there is no tax dollars to pay their salaries. 🙂 It will be great when the govt.s start crawling on their knees asking us real peeople for help won`t it 🙂 . It will happen Kulafarmer. I am confident that it will 🙂 🙂 SO HELP ME I HOPE THAT I WILL SEE THE DAY, EVEN IF IT IS ON MY DIEING DAY!!

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