Short film, co-produced by the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) in Kenya, the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) and The Gaia Foundation (UK). This film tells the story of the Kamburu community and their courageous steps towards being more food secure, and their community-led approach to protecting the environment.+ More details
This segment is a montage of some of the activities we engaged in on Le Ferme du Pommier in Lille, France. Our host, Kevin, was the youngest of all the hosts we met on tour, but his passion for agriculture was certainly no less intense. He’s an anarchist at heart and tries to live by his principles of self-sufficiency and sustainability. As you can see from the video, he would often graze from his fields for meals, and rely very little on store-bought goods. Music by Clbustos. http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/22549+ More details
Grown Here. Made Here. Served Here. cktable.ca Creative Director: Melinda Croft Director, Cinematographer, and Editor: Brent Foster Cinematographer: Gerald Mabee Aerial Pilot: Mark Poissant Producer/Audio: Tammy Foster Creative Support: James Rasmussen+ More details
While visiting the Olympic Peninsula, we stayed on the beautiful Colinwood Farm in Port Townsend, Washington, where farm manager Jesse Hopkins showed us how greenhouses allow him to grow crops through the cold months of the year. In this video, we follow the life-cycle of an organic zucchini plant from seed to harvest. For more videos visit: http://www.OrganicNation.tv+ More details
Each year at North Country School and at Camp Treetops, school-age children take part in chicken harvest, a twice-yearly ritual reaching back to the institution's founding. Led by NCS teacher and farm manager Mike Tholen, chicken harvest is a time-tested and intentional educational experience. It is a challenge by choice - an often profound experience intended to help connect children with the food they eat: where it comes from, and the hard physical and emotional work required to produce it. Simultaneously, children learn the values of simple and sustainable living and the need to protect the planet. North Country School and Camp Treetops are two sister programs that share a common philosophy and a 200-acre campus outside Lake Placid, New York. Founded in 1938, North Country School sits among mountain peaks in the six million-acre Adirondack Park, just outside Lake Placid, NY. Our 200-acre campus features a working farm, extensive gardens, and alpine wilderness that provide hands-on opportunities for learning and growth. Here boys and girls in grades 4-9 benefit from a literal and metaphorical breath of fresh mountain air; our children thrive in a humanely paced program that features equal parts academics, arts, work, and play. The guidance of talented, committed adults and a strong, diverse community instill in students values of simple living and environmental responsibility. With a unique mix of inspiring people, place, and programs, North Country School helps students to flourish. Founded in 1920, Camp Treetops offers a summer unplugged, during which boys and girls (ages 8-14) explore the natural world, are embraced by community, and grow in independence, creativity, and physical skills. Our rustic Adirondack setting and unhurried pace provide children with the space and time for childhood. Our 200-acre property has a working farm with barnyard animals, large organic gardens, a lake free of motorboats, and miles of trails from which to explore the surrounding mountains and woodlands. Treetops offers a life of simplicity—free from the pull of computers, television, and other electronics—where during a summer unplugged, children come to appreciate their own imaginations, the company of others, and wonders of the natural world.+ More details
A day in the life at Apple Valley Creamery. Shot on location in East Berlin, PA. Apple Valley Creamery is a small, family-owned dairy farm and creamery committed to providing healthy, high quality dairy products made from milk produced right here on our farm. Our milk is wholesome, farm-fresh, and all-natural. We also offer a wide range of other products including specialty flavored milks, premium ice cream, butter, free range and cage free eggs, cheese, beef, and much more!+ More details
Luke Kimmel is a young social entepreneur and permaculture designer who shows that both the entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to heal the planet can be satisfied through permaculture and urban farming. His vision and approach are based on the notion that humans can live in a way that makes us a positive force on planet earth, and that through following our hearts and dedicating ourselves, entrepreneurs and good-willed people have all the opportunity in the world to create small sustainable businesses / projects that can help them follow their dreams while making the world a better place. Prior to starting work in permaculture, Luke helped found and run a clothing company / artist collective / events company called Light & Soul, and had also undertaken ventures in product distribution, business development, and music management. Thus, Luke's approach to permaculture came through the lense of entrepreneurship, and all began when he first discovered yurts, and was extremely intrigued by the concept of building his own home for less than $15 000. This led him to examine the concept of self sufficiency, and eventually move to a farm to in Winlaw, BC to take his first Permaculture Design Certificate course . After taking this course and spending a couple months living on a farm, Luke knew that he had found his true calling - to live out his vision of paradise through cultivating sustainable human habitats and creating opportunitites for meaningful work and community development. Now, with the help of 3 other long time friends and business partners, Luke helps run their company Leaf Ninjas which does urban farming and permaculture design / edible landscaping in Calgary, AB. The Leaf Ninjas now cultivate a half acre of urban farmland spread between 10 back yards in the inner city neighborhoods of Inglewood and Ramsay, and will be selling produce to local restaurants and at the Inglewood & Ramsay Farmers Market which they helped found in 2012. Over the past 3 years Luke has consulted on a wide variety of permaculture projects ranging from urban yards to community gardens to small and medium sized homesteads and acreages. The Leaf Ninjas have now designed and installed 8 permaculture gardens in Calgary and they plan to increase that number significantly in 2013, while also offering consulting and design services geared towards DIY gardeners and land owners who want to foster a more meaningful connection with their landscape. Luke was also instrumental in shifting the focus of the company Light & Soul from clothing to video production, and helped produce the Verge Graduate Interview Series which you are watching now... So thank you for watching with us, and we hope you enjoy the videos :) vergepermaculture.ca leafninjas.ca+ More details
A great excerpt from our interview with Daron Joffe (aka Farmer D), a leading figure in the biodynamic and organic farming movements, as well as eco-entrepreneur and owner of Farmer D Organics Garden Center in Atlanta, GA. In this clip he offers some wonderful advice and insight for young people trying to find their niche in sustainable agriculture.+ More details
Video produced by: Electronic Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC), Mysore University, India The green revolution of the 70's allowed to feed the rapid growing global population and brought many people out of poverty. But due to excessive use of pesticides and agrochemicals, the positive effects of the improved yields were faded out by many negative impacts on the agroenvironmental production base. Amongst them the degradation of friendly soil microbes and the loss of biodiversity useful for the production system like pollinator species. Confronted with all of these problems and willing to find longer term solutions, some indian farmers started to experiment a transformation of their conventional farming practices to organic farming practices and evolving to a zero-cost farming system, also called "natural farming". Mr. M.K. Kailashmurthy defines himself as a "natural farmer" and he is experimenting natural farming practices on his 6.5 acres of land, situated 65 km from Mysore city in Kerala, India. In 5 years time, he was able to transform a rough dry land into a green orchard of Eden, cultivating 60 different herb varieties, 250 different plant varieties and hundreds of medicinal plants and herbs, all of native seeds. He stopped using any kind of chemical and pesticides on his land, arriving at a zero-cost production. This practice usually has negative impacts on yields during the first 5 years but after that initial period, yields start to improve little by little each year thanks to the restored soil microbial components and its physical structure.Mr. Kailashmurty is a testimony that the profits earned on this kind of farm largely go beyond what can be earned on a conventional farm. "Eco Farms: order of the day" is a video that was kindly sent to the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) by Mr. M.K. Kailashmurthy from Kerala, India, and was produced by the Electronic Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC), Mysore University, India.+ More details
on a small islands called Utila off the coast of Honduras lives a guy called shane whom has broken away from all the social restraints and has built his own house. he is now building his own permaculture garden. however he is doing it slightly different from others.....he uses cardboard boxes! this short film talks about shane's key concepts and tips on permaculture. filmed by serena aurora im trying to raise money for my latest project...please check out this link and sponsor me http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2104724883/auroras-eye-films+ More details
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