Urban Farming with The Dervaes family

Drivers whizzing past on the 210 freeway through Pasadena have no idea that a stone’s throw away from the fast lane is a lush but tiny Eden a 4,000 square foot farm it not only feeds a family but revolutionizes the idea of what can be done in a very unlikely place the middle of a city this is city living but I bought the country to the city uh-huh rather than have to go out to the country I just imported it 63 year old Jules duvets started this backyard farm ten years ago it’s a deliberate throwback to the story days of self-reliant rural America Jules and his children grow almost all the food they need and everyone pitches in five pounds of grapefruit his daughters a nice we have another guy coming to pick up Andrew dan yeah are you done and his son Justin their produce is organic and their animals are well friendlier than average to say hi say hi we have a a chicken straw ducks and to dos the ducks and chickens lay thousands of eggs a year and keep the bugs in check they really made the dynamics of Elvin homestead much more sustainable sustainable and dense on their 4,000 square feet they raised 400 varieties of vegetables fruits and edible flowers 6,000 pounds a year enough to feed themselves with plenty left over and with the current passion at high-end restaurants for local pesticide free produce chefs are literally beating a path to their door no good are you doing Oh wonderful soil she’s so what are you gonna do the sorrel hmm I’m gonna use it to make a really nice sound relish with uh cucumber for our salmon dish the family makes about $20,000 a year from their front porch sales they use it to buy the crops they can’t grow like wheat rice notes I would say at the beginning I didn’t really believe I could do it I had some doubts because I come to kept again this place is too small there’s no way that we’re going to be able to feed ourselves plus I never thought we could even grow the vegetables for the for the market so how did this experiment in independent living begin it all began 10 years ago when Jules bought some taco shells for dinner he learned too late that the shells were being recalled because they had been made by mistake with genetically modified corn when I thought about putting this food in my children smile tonight and they were depending on me to give them good stuff I mean they’ll take whatever their parent any child would take what a parent hands them they’ll say this comes from my mom or dad and I couldn’t afford to be in that position of giving him bad stuff now a decade later this radical foodie has succeeded in going off the grid he calls his lifestyle the path to freedom and what to family think of that whole approach they thought it was strange they thought it was they thought it was my daughter wouldn’t come out of the front yard and visit with her friends because they said what’s what’s up with your dad they wanted to know well as go one because I was did making some radical changes here there Gervaise have no ugly commute they avoid office politics and we’ll never get fired but their jobs are way more than nine-to-five I need I need to help all the help I can get and it’s my family that like in the old days the farmer farmers family made the difference there are no microwave ovens in this kitchen and no Cuisinarts either we have gizmos but they’re just hand power what little electricity they use is generated by these solar panels how much is your electricity bill well it’s running about the highest twelve dollars a month 12 dollars a month for everything here yeah they spend even less on gas this is their biodiesel brewing station so this is just new grease from restaurants yeah they use it defiling rings french fries there anything you would fry and you get it free yeah free and delivered on our doorstep the gasoline station is self-serve it hasn’t always been easy justin remembers the year that frost wiped out a crop another year it was a destructive insect and recently they’ve noticed a new challenge climate change we call it the forefront of global weirding because we’ve been gardening for so long you can sense things are off we have this June bug that comes out it’s called June so it’s supposed to come out in June but comes out in July in August and you know September so something’s definitely off the other challenge is water Southern California skies don’t deliver enough of it so Jules keeps the water bill down with this ancient form of irrigation that’s a clay pot irrigation but the Bears under there it’s buried usually up to the throat here and then all you do is fill it up and the water weeps through the portal and through the clay and you get the water where the plant stated at the root zone plants to take the water as needed so just so simple it’s 5:00 o’clock time the time when it all pays off there’s going to be insider Elsa the derv A’s are the ultimate locavores their food travelled a whole hundred feet from the field to the table they all say they love urban homesteading and can’t imagine living a typical consumer-driven life at the end of the day some not so back to nature activity visits to their web sites have grown dramatically they get about six million hits a month from others interested in this grow it yourself revolution we’re all in the same boat on the same planet and there are people now asking deep questions about the future of the planet and they’re willing to do this they’re willing to take a risk it’s a risk that has paid off for Jewel’s and is blazing a trail for others I’m Val Zavala


Why Most Vegans Fail & How We Can Help

Anji and Ryan discuss a recent study released by the Humane Research Council regarding lapsed vegans & vegetarians, called “How Many Former Vegetarians Are There?” Not only have we seen friends and family fail with the vegan diet, but we’ve had our own failings as well. We chat about these issues, as well as share some of the HRC’s tips for helping yourself and others to get back onto — and stick with — a healthy vegan diet.

Read the original article & research paper here: http://spot.humaneresearch.org/content/how-many-former-vegetarians-are-there


How Vegan Diet Affects The Psychology of Humans: Dr. Will Tuttle

Hi my name is ken Specter with happy cow and I’m here in Las Vegas Nevada at the health healing and happiness Expo and I’m here with dr. will Tuttle he’s written a book called the world peace diet it’s an amazon.com best seller and he is an author a composer pianist and a speaker who is heard internationally he’s also heard all over the internet in his various videos dr. Tuttle how does the vegan diet affect the psychology of humans yes thank you so basically as I discussed in the world peace diet can eating animal foods being forced to do that from time our little children is not good for our psychology for our emotional stability for our capacity to be sensitive to the sufferings of others it really represses our natural wisdom and compassion being forces little infants to participate in rituals mealtime rituals where we’re eating the flesh of animals who are abused and killed and the secretions of those animals dairy products and eggs and so once we move toward a plant-based diet a vegan diet when we especially when we do it for compassion for animals then we open the doors for our psychology to begin to heal our emotions to begin to reconnect actually we going to reconnect with our emotions and our feelings and our sensitivity and we begin to take the armor off our natural self-confidence can begin to flow again our natural self respect because when we’re not respecting other beings we’re not going to really respect ourselves and I think eating animal foods essentially reduces not only our natural wisdom and compassion but also our natural self-respect so I think it’s very important for us to understand these things whether we’re vegans or whether we’re previous and as we move toward a plant-based diet for ethical reasons to also understand the reasons why that when we cause suffering to other beings we’re simply going along with a cultural program that is not in our best interest so one of the things that going vegan does I think psychologically is it helps build our character we have to go against the current of not only our own programming but the programming of our society as well the other thing I want to emphasize is that when we go vegan it’s important for us to make an effort to understand the big picture of our culture’s food system and I go into this in the world peace diet quite a bit but basic idea is that in the beginning we’re usually pretty shallow in our in our understanding and it’s quite easy to fall back and to be eating meat and dairy again because the doctors or our friends and family or the boss or whoever it is makes life difficult for us but if we are able to persevere through that we very often come to what I refer to as the second stage of veganism which is the angry vegan stage because now we’re angry because people we understand why don’t they get it I’ve went vegan why don’t they go vegan don’t they care we get outraged and angry so it’s very important I think for us to move beyond that stage because that’s a not a good stage to be in and and not to move into the other stage which very often often happens which is the closeted vegan stage so then if being angry is so miserable then I just won’t tell anybody I’m a vegan and I’ll just hide it and do not let anybody know and then maybe they’ll leave me alone that’s also not satisfying and healthy either so the third or I think there’s multiple stages actually beyond these beyond the shalour stage the angry stage the closeted stage and these are what I refer to as deep veganism where we are actually understanding the whole picture and a much deeper level we realize that people are programmed to eat animal foods we’re not opposing them we’re seeing together that even as a vegan I’ve been in many ways programmed by my society and so we realized that veganism is essentially a path of psychological and spiritual growth where we’re adopting a whole new way of relating not only to animals but to other people into ourselves and we’re being a force for compassion and healing and radical inclusion and we realize that veganism isn’t really nothing to be proud of it’s simply coming home to our own heart to our true nature and seeing beings when we see beings rather than seeing things and to be effective as vegan advocates were called to live this understanding at a deep level which basically means to understand that our cultural programming so when being so competitive and judgmental and shaming other people and getting angry and all that to really have compassion and kindness for everyone this is the path of veganism it’s really to me an enormous ly positive thing it’s something anyone can engage in and I think the more of us to do it well we have to it’s critical times we live in Kent I think we all know that in our bones it’s time for us to make these kinds of positive changes and veganism is really a path of liberation of Awakening and fundamentally of empowerment it’s empowering and and getting out of the prison of being a consumer only caring about myself but you actually have compassion for animals future generations hungry people ecosystems slaughterhouse workers and really for even other people who are eating animal food to have compassion for them and realized that as we live our life with joy and abundance and with delicious food and so forth and support that we are making the most positive difference anyone can make in our planet today so thank you all for listening and thank you happy cow for the great work you’re doing to help bring the vegan message to the masses to everyone thank you great thank you so much well I’m Ken with happy Cal this is dr. will Tuttle and thank you for watching bye-bye