Cold Storage for Farm Box CSA


Help Us Grow

Our multi-farm CSA farm box program is growing and we need your help to help us expand our services.

Now servicing over 80 families, we’ve had to cap our program due to lack of refrigeration space.  Instead of buying another restaurant style refrigerator (which is an energy sucker!), we've been doing some online research and found there’s a more sustainable, energy saving and affordable way - turn our walk in cellar into a walk in cooler!  

Help us raise funds so we can transform the unfinished cellar into an energy efficient cooling space.

Not only will we be saving money but energy too -- and open up our farm box program to more subscribers!


Walls, Floor & Insulation: $2,000
Coolbot: $400
2 - AC Units $400 (hoping to free or second hand)
5 - Stainless steel shelving $500 (hoping to get free or second hand)

Approx Total: $3,400

What’s a COOLBOT?   A New York farmer named Ron Khosla invented the Cool Bot in 2006 after being frustrated by the high cost of a walk-in cooler and condenser. CoolBots are now in all corners of the world, changing the way people cool their produce.





The Urban Homestead project sprouted in 1985 and is located in the middle of Pasadena, California. It is a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and living in an urban area.

From this bountiful one-tenth of an acre city lot, the Dervaes Family grows and sells seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers thru their Farm Box Program. 

Online since 2001, the Dervaes Family pioneered the modern homesteading movement, inspiring millions worldwide to take small steps towards a more sustainable life no matter where they lived.

Today, the Urban Homestead is growing forward by transforming homes into homesteads through  its education and outreach programs.  Our mission is to “re envision a new (yet old) lifestyle with the home as building block central to all aspects of life—work and leisure, food and energy.”

Through its outreach efforts, the Urban Homestead hopes to sow hope and restore the relationships of families and community to achieve wellness, wholeness and worthiness.

Urban Homestead Inc
Self-sufficiency in the city since 1985
Founder, Jules Dervaes Jr (1947-2016)

631 Cypress Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Ph+Text 626.765.5704



  • Danielle Snowdon 
    • $100 
    • 11 mos
  • Chuck Workman 
    • $100 
    • 12 mos


Anaïs Dervaes 
Pasadena, CA
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