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Published: May 10th 2015

by: Caitlin Jackson

A MeaningfulTrend

'INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective'

Discover what’s possiblewith Permaculture

New documentary, Inhabit, gives an inside look into how Permaculture is growing into communities.

"Permaculture" — You may have been hearing this word a lot recently. It’s been around since 1978, but the ever pressing need for change has made it much more relevant today. And so the trend is growing. Fast. Inhabit is a documentary to give meaning to this movement. Both in what it is and what it makes possible... and how truly simple it could be.

'INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective - Kickstarter Trailer'

Permaculture is made out of two concepts: permanent and agriculture. Together they define a way of creating a method of agriculture that is self-sustaining. Like a farm or garden that does not need to be replanted each year. It requires thinking of the whole ecological system that plants exist in. The system they would grow in if left on their own. It finds solutions from nature instead of the aisles of a store.

The extent of this idea has yet to be understood. Inhabit takes you through 11 individuals who have worked to incorporate the permaculture principles in their lives and neighborhood. Throughout the film, you will see the transformation of farmlands, suburbs, parks, and rooftops. The knowledge of permaculture has allowed many to reclaim their land and give back to their environments.

In the movie, Permaculturist Ben Faulk refers to the green movement and the efforts to lessen our carbon footprints. This effort to make less of an impact does not encourage us to change our ways, only do less bad. But Faulk argues that making a smaller impact on the Earth is counter intuitive. We should make more of an impact on this planet but work on shifting it from a negative one to a positive one.

If you’ve already incorporated permaculture into your life, let us know about it in the comments. Otherwise, check out this movie to see what others are doing. It is available for rent or for purchase on Yekra, a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films.

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.

'Permaculture Transformation in 90 Days'

Watch this movie. Find meaning in the new trend. See the simplicity in the solutions.

  • Use Permaculture to turn a garden into a balanced system.
  • Grow an abundance of food without continual effort.