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Media for Getting Permaculture into Young Brains

 
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[tongue-in-cheek]In support of the mission and vision of permies for world domination of our expanding permaculture empire, I feel that it is imperative that we indoctrinate the brains of our youth with permaculture ideas and philosophy.[/tongue-in-cheek]

Currently, I have been taking my 1-year-old outside and into our garden and to the farm every chance I get. The only media this little one has had access to during this first year of life are carefully selected books. To my chagrin, that is being slowly and inevitably changing as my 1-year-old is introduced to "screen time" by other family members, friends, and play-date families. Now, I understand that books are also a "technology" with plenty of their own pitfalls and shortcomings. Also, I personally view technology as neutral and totally understand that screen time is inevitable in this day in age. That said I'd like my child to be as connected to nature as much as possible. I also understand that there are times that it's not ideal to be out in nature foraging and gardening and such like on rainy days, holidays, play dates at other peoples' houses, etc. IMO, there are times when media (films, books, TV shows, music & music videos, comics, magazines, online video channels, board games, - dare I even say... video games?, VR?, AR?, etc.) can be appropriate.

From the permacultural paradigm lens, this media "problem" opens up a world of potential solutions, prime among them being the ability for media producers, parents, aunts & uncles, and friends to get permaculture ideas into the brains of the youth!

I have started this thread so that it may be a place of sharing media designed for children (of various ages) that introduce and educate them into the regenerative permaculture paradigm and/or sustainable-green permacultural-ish paradigm.

Present-day modern media are welcome, as are back-in-the-day media as many folks are also adept at finding out-of-print media from libraries and shadow libraries.

Allow me to give an example of the ideal post for this thread which will give 1. the name of the educational object, 2. the appropriate age range for its use, and 3. a description of why it's good for raising permaculture children:

From Bears and Trees to Mushrooms and Bees: A Children's Book by David Marshall with Paul Stamets.
Suitable for readers ages 4–12

I like that the authors focus on the interconnectedness of ecosystems and how we have positive, solutions available to us to make a better world. Paul Stamets, one of the authors, has repeatedly and explicitly promoted permaculture for many years.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest motion picture
G (General Audiences) – All ages admitted (MPAA).

Admittedly, I haven't seen this film in decades, but I seem to remember it having a pretty environmentally conscious message.
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From Bears and Trees to Mushrooms and Bees: A Children's Book by David Marshall with Paul Stamets
From Bears and Trees to Mushrooms and Bees: A Children's Book by David Marshall with Paul Stamets
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Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest
Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest
 
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You didn't mention music, but it can definitely be a tool for learning. And the band Formidable Vegetable is all about teaching permaculture to kids and adults through fun music! I dig this one:

Here's another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V7AbD-RuxM
They have many more, plenty specifically intended for kids. Most all of their music is pretty kid friendly. And the videos are fun too. I seriously can't recommend this band enough! It's helped me gain a much more embodied understanding of permaculture.

There's a book for kids about composting toilets and the nutrient cycle, called Poo to Peaches. It's free to download or purchase a physical copy here: https://watershedmg.org/document/poo-peaches-childrens-book

Another one I've heard good things about is the book, Shanleya's Quest: a botany adventure for kids age 9 to 99. It teaches recognition of patterns in plants and identification in a fun, kid friendly way. [url=http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Shanleya%27s_Quest.htm#Top]http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Shanleya's_Quest.htm#Top[/url]
 
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Awesome reply Heather! I love Formidable Vegetable Sound System! Yes, I will add music & music videos to the original post.
Those books look great too; I'll definitely check them out. Thanks. :-)
 
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There are some awesome songs that you can learn from YouTube! Here are some favorites (we don't watch the videos much, but sing them among ourselves).

Banana slug song: https://youtu.be/a0ml8uz5_a4

Dirt made my lunch: https://youtu.be/ySzSVu1eERo
We also sing
Lunch made my dirt, lunch made my dirt
Worms and bugs in my apple cores splurt
If it wasn't for them I'd have to eat my shirt
Lunch made my dirt

Also other songs by the Banana Slug String Band! https://youtube.com/channel/UC01ZkhUOb--aEkd1XtCJoMg

 
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