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Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

Permaculture: The Growing Edge is available on Youtube.

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January 2011: Starhawk in an audio interview about the film on kgnu.org.

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Permaculture: The Growing Edge - some of the featured interviewees in the film 
David Holmgren: Future Scenarios

David Holmgren is a futurist and the co-originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison.

Holmgren Design Services - www.holmgren.com.au

Dr. Elaine Ingham: Soil Foodweb

Brilliant researcher on the living biology of soil and sustainable farming, focusing on ways to improve soil health.
Penny Livingston-Stark and James Stark

Founders of the Regenerative Design Institute: Cultivating life skills and deepening awareness of our place on Earth. Through programs and courses, teaching the skills and technology people need to become community leaders and create healthy solutions to the current environmental crisis.
Maddy Harland

Editor of Permaculture Magazine, book publisher and founder of Permanent Publications.

blog: permaculturemagazineeditorial.blogspot.com

Paul Stamets
Fungi Perfecti LLC

Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation.
Jon Young

Trained as a tracker since boyhood, Jon Young collaborates globally with organizations and individuals seeking to foster deeper community and nature connections through the power of cultural and coyote mentoring principles.

Mark Lakeman
City Repair

Creating and facilitating prototype gathering spaces that can inspire any community to create their own places of gathering.

Why This Film?

Today, anyone who loves the earth knows that we face a huge crisis. Climate change, oil spills, toxins and habitat destruction threaten the viability of ecosystems around the world, and damage the life-support systems that we all depend upon.

The reality is alarming and sometimes overwhelming. And yet—solutions to our most grave problems do exist. While governments stall and politicians prevaricate, ordinary people around the world are making changes in their lives and trying out new ways of growing food, providing for human needs, and building community.

Starhawk practices and teaches the system of ecological design called permaculture. Together, Donna Read and Starhawk wanted to document the positive steps people and taking and the solutions that do exist. We believe that people can face huge changes and make enormous efforts when we feel hopeful, that we are best motivated not by fear and alarm but by vision and love. Permaculture: The Growing Edge is our labor of love, exploring just a few examples of the immensely creative and regenerative ideas that are inspiring people around the globe.

Permaculture: The Growing Edge - the team who created the film
Starhawk - an author of thirteen books on feminist and earth-based spirituality, an activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and director
of Earth Activist Training. She and Donna co-created Belili productions. See her website at:

Donna Read - a producer, director and film editor. She was a member of the National Film Board of Canada's renowned women's studio, Studio D, for many years where she directed the Goddess trilogy and many other films before forming Belili productions. More information on the:

Donna bio page

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