Inhabit Documentary Delivers Beautiful Portrait of Permaculture’s Potential

Inhabit permaculture documentaryI’ve been an informal student of permaculture for the last 5 years or so, and have been trying to apply permaculture principles to both my garden and yard as well as in my own personal habits (yes, permaculture can be applied to a wide range of activities beside just landscaping and gardening).

While films and videos can’t replace attending a permaculture design program, one of the fun parts of my permaculture education has been through watching documentaries and instructional videos, and I can heartily recommend one recent release, Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, as a great intro and overview of the practice and principles of this design science. Here’s part of a review I did for TreeHugger about the film:

I’ve often thought that the weakest link in the permaculture movement is that it’s challenging to communicate to the average person just exactly what it is, let alone why it can be a game-changer in so many different fields. Explaining a specific application of permaculture design is much easier to do, but it often misleads people into thinking they know all about permaculture, based on that single example, when what might help introduce it more effectively is a broader overview of the various approaches and applications of permaculture.

Which is where Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective comes in. I got to see a screening of the film recently, and this soon to be released documentary does a great job of making permaculture more accessible. Not only does it make a compelling case for why permaculture solutions are needed, but it also highlights a number of people involved in permaculture, as well as some of the solutions that are working for them. The film presents a range of permaculture practices implemented across a variety of locations, from rural to urban and suburban areas, and the interviews with ‘boots on the ground’ permaculture practitioners offer plenty of food for thought about its applications and potential impact.

Read the rest of the review here, or watch the trailer below:

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Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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