Inhabit a Permaculture Perspective (movie)


Ever wonder how or if we can fix this planet from ourselves?  This movie is about what I’ve been studying for the past 4 years and I believe it is a way to solve many of our problems.  Please take a few minutes to watch this trailer.

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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.

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  • Julio

    Jennifer: Wow, a lot to respond to there. The cost of mhicanery is getting more and more prohibitive, but I do think we need to explore our options in that arena in more depth. P.A. Yeomans took full advantage of cheap fossil fuels in the 1950 s to keyline his entire farm. What an intelligent, cross-generational investment. Likewise with Sepp, and kudos to him for taking advantage of fossil fuels while they still are cheap. In Bolivia and Venezuela diesel is heavily subsidized, so it’s still like $2.00 a gallon at most. Yet people, even those with capital, don’t seem to be taking full advantage of what must be a once in a lifetime opportunity to keyline, build dams, swales, terraces for cheap. Most of our heavy mhicanery runs on diesel, so there’s a lot of opportunity to continue to run this mhicanery by producing biodiesel on the farm site, especially in areas that aren’t water limited, or perhaps through the use of drought tolerant tree crops for feedstock in areas that are. I’ve got a great interview with Dorn Cox that I haven’t published yet that addresses this possibility.And finally, your exactly right about the use of nutrients. I think chemical fertilizers are a great tool, and I use them in my gardening frequently. Touching up some tomato or eggplant seedlings with a bit of N-P-K solute does the trick so nicely, especially when they show signs of nutrient deficiency. The issue is scale. I mix my fertilizers in a small cup and apply directly to the potting block, not in a huge tank attached to a machine that injects the nitrogen into the soil only to later become runoff. Machinery, fertilizers, machetes, animals all tools. The successful permaculturalist doesn’t discriminate against any, but instead chooses to use the right one at the right time and at an appropriate, human scale.

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