“INHABIT” the documentary: a permaculture perspective

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I recently watched an early screening of a film called: “INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective” with the makers of the movie at the Permaculture Voices Conference in San Diego. It is truly worthwhile — the best of the food and agriculture documentaries that I have seen. I believe this film has the power to inspire and inform people of all ages and walks of life with the hope that there are good and positive changes happening in our food systems. The film is released on April 22, 2015, and can be viewed here on our blog. I am planning to buy a hardcopy and show this movie to as many people as possible!


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.

4 thoughts on ““INHABIT” the documentary: a permaculture perspective

  1. Thanks, Emily. This might even tempt tight-fisted me to part with some $$. BUT I rarely buy anything I haven’t checked out already, i.e., from the library, or YouTube, etc. What I’d like to know is… does this doc do a good job of explaining how permaculture can FEED EVERYONE? That is a major obstacle in telling folks about another way to grow ENOUGH food. It even baffles me, sometimes. Folks like Gabe Brown, Joel Salatin, Mark Shepard, the Kimballs on Essex Farm, etc. with big acreage and large harvests (using machinery) make a convincing case… and I hope some of these are highlighted in this DVD 😉 Thanks again for sharing your adventure!

  2. Hey Nancy. Great question. The documentary doesn’t necessarily talk about large scale production per se, but it does highlight many examples of people who are using permaculture principles to produce an overly abundant crop, and in almost any situation (1/10th of an acre, rooftops etc), and in ways that are really feeding people. It covers a wide range of examples, including Ben Falk and Mark Shepard. It is so beautifully done that I would show this to both beginning and learned permaculturalists, as well as people who have no idea the first thing about it. It gives real examples, and hope.

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