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The Dervaes family lives on a 1.1-acre plot of land about 15 minutes outside of downtown Los Angeles. It’s a fairly standard home for the area, but it’s certainly not what you’d envision when picturing a farm that’s capable of producing half a ton of food every year.

But that’s exactly what they do here.

Although their property measures less than 4,500 square feet, the Dervaes family manages to produce a serious amount of food.

Although their property measures less than 4,500 square feet, the Dervaes family manages to produce a serious amount of food.

Six thousand pounds of food per year, to be exact.

“This is city living, but I brought the country to the city,” says 63-year-old Jules Dervaes, who started his miniature farm about 10 years ago.

"This is city living, but I brought the country to the city," says 63-year-old Jules Dervaes, who started his miniature farm about 10 years ago.

Urban farming has risen in popularity over the past several years, since it allows people in urban and suburban environments to turn their yards, rooftops, and other outdoor spaces into food-growing gardens.

Farms no longer have to sit on sprawling fields. These small, personal-use gardens challenge the idea that food must be shipped into cities from industrialized facilities.

Not only does the family grow fruits and vegetables, but they also keep eight chickens, four ducks, two goats, and a colony of bees.

Not only does the family grow fruits and vegetables, but they also keep eight chickens, four ducks, two goats, and a colony of bees.

What they don’t eat themselves, the family sells right from their front porch. Talk about local sourcing! Their organic food is very popular in the area, both with individual customers and local restaurants. The Dervaes family earns about $20,000 annually from food sales alone.

See them in action in the video below:

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(via The Mind Unleashed)

This farm is a serious undertaking and a full-time job, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Locals are thrilled to have such a convenient source of clean, healthy food, and gardeners across the country look to this incredible project as a source of inspiration. Innovative gardeners like these encourage us to explore more eco-friendly ways of going about our daily lives.

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