There has been much confusion over the meaning of the trademarked terms, especially Urban Homesteading. Here is an article which shows that some understood that the term had no name until the Dervaes popularized the name Urban Homesteading:
At the time, I called this permaculture [note: all bolding mine] as I had recently finished my design certificate course. My sister told me that there was a large Asian community in this neighborhood and that they always had food growing in their front lawns. I was flabbergasted by the efficient use of space. I’m sure they didn’t slap any fancy labels onto what they were doing. They, like most immigrants, probably called it “surviving”.
Even Erik Knutzen who wrote a book on the subject doesn’t understand the origin. Try again, Erik, as this only shows you do not know what you are talking about. This use by MOTHER EARTH HEWS refers to rehabbing old homes!
The earliest reference I can find to an “urban homestead” is a 1976 article in Mother Earth News describing Berkeley California’s Integral Urban House.
Root Simple: Urban Homestead on Craigslist. Act No
Here is another link that knows the difference and shows that Bertini and Knutzen don’t:
Excerpt: I have got a major gripe with folks that claim to have invented urban farming or homesteading.
My comment: I do too because that is IMPOSSIBLE. The Ds never claimed that although they did come up with the name urban homesteading for their brand name.
Excerpt: The tradition of raising animals for food and growing food in an urban setting is NOTHING NEW. Many of us are from families that have upheld this way of life for generations. Ethnic communities have practiced and still practice a great deal of “urban homesteading” but if you ask them what it is, they will give you a blank look. Its called living [note: bolding mine]. My grandparents did not brag to their San Francisco neighbors because if the news fell on the wrong ears someone might complain to la policia. The grow/raise your own lifestyle is only recently cool.
My comment: Excellent point which has been mine forever. The PRACTICE/ACTIVITY never had a name. However, the Dervaes trademarked their brand of green city living as Urban Homestead(ing) in a certain trademark class only for their particular goods and services, not the practice.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS understands the difference but was falsely accused by April Krieger Alexander /Take Back Urban Homesteading. Here is a statement by Bryan Welch of MEN who had to defend itself against April Alexander’s false accusations:
Mother Earth News has not changed its policies regarding the terms, “urban homestead,” or “urban homesteading,” nor do we intend to. We have not deleted the terms from our archives or discouraged their usage. We believe they are terms in common, general usage and we will continue to use them as we have for the better part of 40 years.
In fact the phrase is so common it is a subject heading in the Library of Congress, prima facia proof that this trademark was issued in error. [My comment: This heading refers to rehabbing old houses.]
I find it strange that both James Bertini and Erik Knutzen did NOT understand the meaning or history of the terms, yet other city homesteaders did! Why do you suppose that is so? It is also significant to note that both are trying to cancel the DI ‘s trademarks, which would allow another to pick up the trademark and federally register it for its own use! How does that protect the community or show any concern for the community? There is NOT one iota of recognition that even Occupy Wall Street protesters had as the reason for trademarking their name: to protect it from others/mega corporations using it for profit and greed! This will be dealt with in greater detail but apparently pressure was put on Mollison, who coined the word “permaculture,”when he had trademarked the term “permaculture” in the United States, to abandon it. He did and now someone else has trademarked it! This is NOT unusual, especially with a word that is highly popular.
Finally, here is what Jules Dervaes and his websites had to say:
So many people say, ‘This is like the old country!’ or ‘This is how my grandma used to do it!’ What we offer here is an alternative to a purely technological future. Our goal is to bring hope to you and your community.”
For the linguistically impaired and those who haven’t a clue about the the history of terms involved, here is some reading material: [Notice the dates]
On Sunday, Jules Dervaes and the rest of us here, spent a wonderful afternoon giving a tour to the current class of thePermaculture Design Course of Los Angeles at theLA Eco Village. It’s a six week program but their teacher told us their visit to our place was a great finish to those many weeks of studying and discussion in the classrooms. She went on to say that to see permaculture principles and concepts being practiced, especially in the city, put a lot of the ideas into perspective for the students of the class.
One visitor was even overheard in conversation with someone to have said (to the effect of) that this one visit had done more for him in answering all his questions than any other trips he had taken before.
The Permaculture concept has been around for ages, only now has it started to develop into a worldwide movement. The word Permaculture was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid-1970s to describe an “integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man.”
Robina McCurdy, of the Tui Community in New Zealand, is the first world-traveled permaculturist to visit PTF and we were pleasantly complimented when she said that our place “was the best urban permaculture model she’s ever seen.” We truly appreciate the comment, though we are far from finishing our plans or our work. We were honored to have her as our guest.
[My comment: Worldwide it has been known as URBAN PERMACULTURE]
Next time, Erik and James,do some research. It would help your credibility which is lacking in this issue.
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