Many people feel that growing most of our food and having a supply of fresh, organic food in our gardens is unachievable. There is one family, though, who proves us incorrect.
The plot revolves on the Dervaes family. Every year, this family raises 7000 pounds of organic food. They cultivate the food on a tenth of an acre of land. It not only provides a nice income, but it also covers 90% of their vegetarian diet. Other cooking items cost this household about $2 each day, per person. Their permaculture garden is also extremely efficient and prolific. Following this technique, they earn more over $20,000 each year from surplus fruit sold in Los Angeles, which is only fifteen minutes away.
What Is Their Technique?
A fifth-acre site was turned into a mini-paradise just 100 feet from a major freeway and fifteen minutes from downtown Los Angeles. This family chose to construct a house, a garage, and a road on the remaining tenth of an acre and plant a small food forest. Their forest produces 7000 pounds of food each year while using no synthetic fertilizers. The permaculture approaches are the key to their success. They employ Mother Nature’s ways to generate nutrient and bacteria-rich soil. Permaculture techniques are beneficial because they aid in soil regeneration.
How do they operate?
Everything is done by hand by the family members, except when they use one of their favorite tools, the soil-block maker. They appreciate this equipment because it allows them to start fresh plants in blocks of dirt. As a result, they will be ready to replace the annual crops as soon as their season begins.
Darvaes never imagined he’d end up in Pasadena, California. But when he saw that GMOs had entered the food chain in 2001, he became enthralled and wanted to know how much food his small plot might produce. He was excited to work with acres, but he was also anxious to wait so long, so he began working.