Permaculture: The Growing Edge
is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical
look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces
us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to
David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist
Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point
Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with
City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up
an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures
in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny
Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr.
Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.
Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers
solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful,
proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started
by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen
seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers,
teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists
and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon
future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.
We are now offering Permaculture: The Growing Edge
for order on DVD and as a Download. To order ther film
visit our order page or go directly
to our online store at www.belili.org/store.
* Hold a HOUSE PARTY screening - you can now download a poster,
a recipe and a set of discussion questions. Take a look at the
HOUSE PARTIES page for all the information!
Visit our More on Permaculture
page for Permaculture definitions, principles and resources.
NEW January 2011: Starhawk in an audio interview about the film on kgnu.org.
ALSO: please take a look at the PROMO TRAILER for the film just below.
The Growing Edge
- some of the featured interviewees in the film
Elaine Ingham: Soil Foodweb
Brilliant researcher on the living biology of soil and
sustainable farming, focusing on ways to improve soil
Livingston-Stark and James Stark
Founders of the Regenerative Design Institute: Cultivating
life skills and deepening awareness of our place on
Earth. Through programs and courses, teaching the skills
and technology people need to become community leaders
and create healthy solutions to the current environmental
Fungi Perfecti LLC
Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over
thirty years. Over this time, he has pioneered countless
techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom
Trained as a tracker since boyhood, Jon Young collaborates
globally with organizations and individuals seeking
to foster deeper community and nature connections through
the power of cultural and coyote mentoring principles.
Creating and facilitating prototype gathering spaces
that can inspire any community to create their own places
Why This Film?
Today, anyone who loves the earth knows that we face a huge crisis.
Climate change, oil spills, toxins and habitat destruction threaten
the viability of ecosystems around the world, and damage the life-support
systems that we all depend upon.
The reality is alarming and sometimes overwhelming. And yet—solutions
to our most grave problems do exist. While governments stall and
politicians prevaricate, ordinary people around the world are making
changes in their lives and trying out new ways of growing food,
providing for human needs, and building community.
Starhawk practices and teaches the system of ecological design called
permaculture. Together, Donna Read and Starhawk wanted to document
the positive steps people and taking and the solutions that do exist.
We believe that people can face huge changes and make enormous efforts
when we feel hopeful, that we are best motivated not by fear and
alarm but by vision and love. Permaculture: The Growing Edge
is our labor of love, exploring just a few examples of the immensely
creative and regenerative ideas that are inspiring people around
The Growing Edge
- the team who created the film