Hi everyone.. I'm new to all of this and want to hit the ground running.
I love to read, but in the interest of time I am also looking for some good movies to help in my learning adventure.
I saw one on Polyface farms that is $60. It looks informative judging by the trailor, but not sure if it's worth it. Has anyone seen this DVD?
Also I found "Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: 3 Films About Permaculture Farming"
There are many more on Amazon but I'm not sure where to start. Any advice/feedback greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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posted 8 years ago
If you want a dvd series that is more informational than inspirational I would start with Geoff Lawton's dvd series. It's not that it's not as inspiring as the rest, but it's more structured to highlight educational topics from food forest establishment to how to build a compost heap.
I think you can even get a discount if you buy a combo pack.
If you search for sepp holzer on youtube and specify video's +20mins his videos are practicaly public domain now as they've become very old. Buy his books if you really want to dig into what sepp teaches, the videos get you excited and your more likely to make a mess without some background education.
Regarding the Polyface Farm DVD. I've seen it a few months ago, a friend of mine got it from Polyface when he visited the farm in Swoope, VA. The DVD is pretty in depth and Joel Salatin does a heck of a job explaining and showing everything in detail, unscripted of course. One thing is that he talks pretty fast, so it is packed with info. Halfway through the DVD I felt a little like "ok this is information overload". $60 is alot of cash for a DVD but it is a complete tour of Polyface. One thing that I appreciated was that Salatin spoke about and showed his irrigation system which he tends to overlook when he does public speaking gigs.
There's another DVD out there with Eliot Coleman talking about 4 season harvesting. It shows a lot of pictures of his high tunnel organic farm, but the entire DVD for the most part is him talking in front of a crowd, rather than on-site touring. There's a bonus DVD that consists of a heavily edited interview with Eliot, interspersed with scenes from the first disc. Nothing incredibly special if you've read his 4 season harvesting book, but it is nice to see him talking about his operation.
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The only permaculture DVD I have purchased so far is "Establishing a Food Forest" from PRI, which I like quite a bit. Though many parts are available on youtube, it is nice to be able to see the whole thing in one place. I watched it with my husband and we were both inspired. He's much more excited about my permaculture efforts now after watching it. I recommend it. It has a lot of detailed information about planting a food forest. Though set in the subtropics, the techniques can be translated to any climate with the proper choice of trees (probably can't have a food forest where trees won't actually grow, however! ). Watching it a couple times helped me see some key ideas which had escaped me previously in reading about food forests. Apparently I need to see moving pictures for some concepts to squeeze their way into my tiny mind!
Thanks for this post, seems to have quite a few good links posted by Tyler, as well as other suggestions from others. I'm a newbie to PC and appreciate any information I can find. I am just wondering though, the posting of the links from Youtube were questioned by Christopher.. Youtube has the "share" link, which gives a "copy" of the link, so is that not giving permission to share?
I don't wish to offend anyone so I am not going to give specifics. We have purchased some dvd's and books, both from popular names in permaculture and we were quite disappointed. What we thought would teach us something just showed us tours of gardens, we could have toured a garden down the road, for free! Then there are the hours spent reading things that you could have read for free right here on permies in a simple discussion. There is great information out there, plenty of it worth the price on its cover. I just advise really making sure a dvd or book is going to suit what you want it to before purchasing, because there truly is a ton of this information readily available at no charge. That being said, sometimes the free stuff is hard to sift through, and that can also be very frustrating.
Permies is great, this community is largely people who want to help other people, so that's nice.
Peak Moment TV is an alltime favorite of mine that I always come back to, I don't watch every episode but they have covered some amazing people and they will connect you with those people so you can ask questions or learn more about how they are doing what they are doing. Janaia is also easy to watch, she is so mellow and sweet.
I have also found some very useful information by just googling "permaculture" or "sustainable" and use the search tools to look at videos or blogs posted within the last month, week etc. This method can get annoying though, today there are so many people pumping out videos about this topic. A lot more than there were a year ago when I started doing daily research.
For me it also helps to avoid the websites that are too political, I feel like there are too many distractions and not enough sharing of actual information that is helpful in moving forward.
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