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I Am Los Angeles: A Greener Living for an Urban Family

I Am Los Angeles is a video portrait series created by journalist and filmmaker Joris Debeij, showcasing the unique people and their ideas that make L.A. what it is. KCET Departures will be featuring these videos as part of our continuing coverage of the shifting cultures of Los Angeles.


Fresh vegetables, herbs, honey and new eggs every day -- Jules and his family are living the farm life. It's also a most unconventional lifestyle given that their home is in the middle of Pasadena, California. The family struggles to be as self-sustainable as they possibly can -- their car drives on bio-gas, solar panels power their television, and each day they have fresh food from their own meticulously well-maintained crops.

Jules first began his farming life before moving to Pasadena, when he lived for several years in New Zealand. He embarked on his current lifestyle after becoming concerned about how the food industry controlled what he and his family ate. Jules wanted to be more in control and minimize his family's impact on the environment.

Living this lifestyle doesn't mean that you have to be old fashioned. After a day working on his urban-farm lot, Jules and the rest of the family sit down to watch movies on Netflix, or work on one of their many websites. The Dervaes family websites center around the idea of living a greener life, and are some of the biggest websites/communities about urban farming. It's a growing movement; and a green revolution!

Originally published on I Am Los Angeles.

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Dutch-born journalist and filmmaker now based Los Angeles.
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