They have trademarked the phrases "urban homestead" and "urban homesteading" and are warning people who might want to use those phrases to describe a particular lifestyle that that portion of the English language is now the private property of the Dervaes family". This is quoted from gardenrant
. This family has decided they own the rights to the term gardener as well.
The self serving Dervaes family and their Dervaes Institute have turned the urban homestead movement into corporate fascism. They took their small lot in Pasadena CA and converted to a textbook version of a mini farm growing 7,000 lbs of food each and every year.
This living class room is now of limits to writers and photographers/film makers seeking to educate the rest of us on the homestead movement. In a shameful turn of arrogance and self piousness they are sending legal cease and desist form letters to anyone using the words and phrases, urban homestead and now gardener:
Turns out these terms ave been in use since the late 1890's. Now one can trademark a design of a word just like Banana Republic has for their sores. However the term has been in use long before safari clothes became popular.
And another interesting tid bit their organization is called the"Dervaes Institute"
sounding very familiar to a once noble group in PA the Rodale Institute.
People like this family with their arrogance set back the cause of Urban Homestead
I will be talking about "Herb Gardening 101" this saturday 2/26 at 1PM at Adams Kingston location. Even if you are beyond the "101" stage of growing herbs there is always something new to learn.
Sowing from seeds, propagation of cuttings and root divisions and the proper timing for each will make all the difference in your herb garden.
HERBS ARE GOOD FOR YOU: treat them like this. Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food. No magical spells needed!