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I wonder what videos people like to use to introduce other people to permaculture. I have invited some intelligent scientist types to speak at our animals in permaculture course (see Rockies forum,) and while they agreed to speak, all they know about permaculture is what I told them over the phone. Ideas?

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I think I typically turn to Sepp Holzer video from about twelve years ago. Here is the first few minutes. The key is that this is a cold climate and Sepp is growing all of your favorite garden plants without irrigation, fertilization or pest control.




One of the most popular techniques in permaculture is hugelkultur. This is popular for both urban gardens and for large ag production.



 
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Something simple. Like the dandylion video. Why spray when they are actually helping the soil. It starts them on the road from "weed" to beneficial perennial.
 
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Allan Savoy's TED talk, as it outlines an evolution of gov't land management - focused around animals in parks in Africa.


Mollison's tour of urban permaculture in Davis, CA


 
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Maybe some of the TEDtalks stuff:

Willie Smits:


Ron Finley:


Allan Savory:


Michael Pollan:


Any of Geoff Lawton's videos on http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/47731-absolute-in-abundance, but then you have to enter your email...
 
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http://youtu.be/0yZfO1VcP74

4:30 and onward of this video, very cool composting toilet system.
 
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This is a bit longer introduction (48 minutes), but very good and pleasant to watch because it's also a story of a person, Rebecca Hosking, a farmer's daughter who wants to make her little farm A Farm for the Future, ie. less dependant on fossil fuel energy and also economically more viable.

BBC documentary Farm for the Future:



 
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I think anything that covers element analysis within a design and how other elements can be connected to each other through inputs, outputs and intrinsic characteristics can make for a good introduction.

My own introduction to Permaculture was watching Geoff Lawton's video on creating a Food Forest which was amazing.
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASNVqSEEk1U



I think this video gives a great walk through of results no just theory.......
 
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If any video is going to persuade and educate "officials" about permaculture this just may be one of the best.... A MUST SEE!

Dan Barber of the NYC's Blue Hill Restaurant , The restaurant President Obama patronizes when in NYC.

Dan Barber's TED Talk,

A surprising parable of foie gras -



Blue Hill Restaurant website - http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/overview/team/dan-barber
 
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Thanks for the list of videos to watch, this will help MY pitch ! Big AL !
 
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I've shot my own talk introducing permaculture and discussing a number of major topics and people in it (Paul Wheaton is of course talked about quite favorably). I put it together as part of the Kickstarter project for the permaculture documentary I'm trying to do. You can find it at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1106617630/cultivate-abundance-a-sustainable-agriculture-docu/
 
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You have most of my favorites already, but don't forget Darrin Doherty and the old PA Yeomans videos if you are dealing with big ag people. They are a good bridge between agriculture and permaculture.

This one gets farmer's attention:




And the original: http://vimeo.com/13323213
 
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WOw that's content! I've been telling people permaculture is No-till polyculture (ag).
 
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While this isn't the most exciting video visually/musically, it is very good at explaining the broad applications of permaculture to a gub-ment type of crowd, you know, official, stuffy, educated and all that. My most difficult hurdle so far is keeping people from jumping to conclusions that it's just for farmers or just about gardening.


 
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Two rather brilliant documentaries, can't really tell which is my favourite:

 
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http://youtu.be/XKiDCFHZ_P8
 
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Rick Roman wrote:If any video is going to persuade and educate "officials" about permaculture this just may be one of the best.... A MUST SEE!

Dan Barber of the NYC's Blue Hill Restaurant , The restaurant President Obama patronizes when in NYC.

Dan Barber's TED Talk,

A surprising parable of foie gras - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvrgD0mAFoU


Blue Hill Restaurant website - http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/overview/team/dan-barber



A guy named Sousa started a farm in 1812. That made me chuckle, and I am not even a music buff.

That is a brilliant TED video. THANK YOU.
 
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My first exposure to permaculture was Greening the desert. It blew my mind and I haven't stopped researching permaculture since.

Greening The Desert


If they're really sciency, then perhaps Toby's lecture on How permaculture can save humanity but not civilization would be well suited.



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Hugelkultur



Smaller Scale Permaculture Garden by Val and Eli
 
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Every video here is amazing. I can't think of better ones. I was thinking that you might want to see one that's a bit smaller scale. This is my video:
I hope it helps.
 
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The following are good videos to watch to see what permaculture is!







 
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Eat some Dandelions with me and feel great too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bq2XxeqAIk
 
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Hey, this one might be convincing, it's a documentary on the Loess Plateau that was shared by Lawton in his online PDC:
 
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Thanks for posting this ...hits home
 
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I really like the Back to Eden Film. It's not on YouTube, it's on Vimeo, but I think it will be okay.

Paul Gautschi is a very religious man and this may make some people uncomfortable but what he's doing with woodchips and a little compost is really cool.

Here's the link Official Back to Eden Film. Enjoy!
 
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Robert Overturf wrote:Paul Gautschi is a very religious man and this may make some people uncomfortable[/url]. Enjoy!


Not sure why you think that.
 
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Steven Feil wrote:

Robert Overturf wrote:Paul Gautschi is a very religious man and this may make some people uncomfortable[/url]. Enjoy!


Not sure why you think that.



Before I was able to see what he was talking about it made me feel this way. I did come to see what he was talking about later and came to appreciate exactly how he was delivering it, but I still understand how it can turn some people away. All I am saying is that, for even those people (myself formerly), there is valuable information here.
 
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Ok, it's not a video but I liked this site: http://permacultureprinciples.com/
Good basic outline.
 
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Rick Roman wrote:If any video is going to persuade and educate "officials" about permaculture this just may be one of the best.... A MUST SEE!

Dan Barber of the NYC's Blue Hill Restaurant , The restaurant President Obama patronizes when in NYC.

Dan Barber's TED Talk,

A surprising parable of foie gras -




Blue Hill Restaurant website - http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/overview/team/dan-barber



While the Foie Gras talk from Dan Barber is fantastic, I believe his other talk on the fish he fell in love with was far superior in that it showed a restoration of a natural ecosystem to produce exceptional food.

This shows a large-scale operation, which is probably more attractive to political types. The best part is that all was necessary was to allow an ecosystem to go back into a natural state!

Dan Barber is also damn funny!

 
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I would say Barber on Fish for the appetizer, Barber on foie gras next, then Greening the Desert 1 and 2, with dessert of Connie VanDyke's Starhawk Tabor Tilth video.

By then, they should be hooked and can move on to Larry Santoyo and Toby Hemenway. I also enjoy In Danger of Falling Food now and then, Mollison.

Maybe all libraries should just have permie sections. People bring their own tastes and questions and start with their own priorities.
 
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There are some videos in this thread that I haven't seen before, so that's my evening sorted

I have to say, I was put off Back to Eden because of the religious angle.
Also, his use of the woodchips is great but it's still a huge input that his system relies upon.
Perhaps I should go back and force myself to re-watch it though, as it gets a lot of praise.

I love this Ben Falk "Observations" film: http://vimeo.com/54175192

 
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Erik Lee wrote:Restoration Agriculture:


Thanks for this suggestion Erik. I had not seen Mark Shepard speak before. This guy is clearly trying to save the world. He knows what is at stake and you can hear the urgency in his voice, particularly near the end. I found this video very compelling, despite obvious production budget limits. Up to now my plan for my land (~120 acres) was to have a huge zone 5 and limit my activities to 5 to 10 acres for homesteading. Mark has me seriously considering farming in the real sense -- i.e. feeding the people.
 
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His book Restoration Agriculture is also very compelling (but not really a how to).
 
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Adrien Lapointe wrote:His book Restoration Agriculture is also very compelling (but not really a how to).


Ha ha! I'm with you there Adrien. Already on the wait list at the local library.
 
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