Jules Dervaes became unhappy with commercial food products in 1985 when after purchasing and feeding taco shells to his family, they were recalled after being made with genetically modified corn. Dervaes, frustrated with the manufacturing of commercially made food, because transforming his backyard into what he titles, a micro-farm. Together, with his now adult children, he runs a 4000 square foot farm, right out of his backyard. The farm produces over 400 varieties of veggies, fruits, and edible flowers, in addition to chicken and ducks eggs, and goat’s milk. He calls his project, the Urban Homestead, and hopes that families in the future will consider his way of living – maintaining a country lifestyle, in the heart of the city.