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NEW! The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic DVD
115 minutes, 2014, $40, DVD
This feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. We recognize the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, and want to propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.

Stefan Sobkowiak
Trained as a biologist and landscape architect, Stefan has taught fruit production, landscape plants and design, and natural history of vertebrates at Montreal’s McGill University. He owned a landscape design firm for 20 years, developping hundreds of projects for private, institutional and municipal clients. He’s been teaching permaculture in Quebec since 1995. Stefan is the owner of Miracle Farms since 1993.

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NEW! The Forager’s Harvest DVD featuring Samuel Thayer
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49 minutes, 2011, $20.00, DVD
The Forager’s Harvest DVD Set includes two discs covering all the plants discussed in my first book. The footage was shot by Brian Pierce over the course of three years as he accompanied me on foraging adventures. Through hundreds of hours of editing, organizing, re-shooting, and planning in order to optimize the usefulness of the video to viewers, Brian created excellent DVDs that are both informative and fun. The entire production is narrated by me (Samuel Thayer) and provides ample ammunition for those who wish to make fun of my mannerisms, hairstyle, and especially, my attire choices. It also contains real-life footage of gathering and eating from the wild. In it, we interrupt normal foraging antics to cover the bases regarding each plant: identification, where to find it, what stage to harvest it in, what parts to collect, how to get them, and how to use them.
Get Thayer's two excellent books on Edible Wild Foods here.


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NEW! Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm
DVD + bonus resource CD
110 minutes, 2009, $28
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A great training video for those seeking self-reliance in growing their own food. Developed by a family that depends on these systems for a major part of their diet. Draws from organice gardening, permaculture, agroforestry, indigenous teachings, historical anecdotes, and missionary work in developing countries. Covers water, garden, rabbits, home butchering, poultry, working dogs, orchards / food forests, food drying, fencing, rocket stoves, and much more.

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
53 minutes, DVD or VHS, 2006, $20

The need to bring agriculture into Havana began with the fall of the Soviet Union and the loss of more than 50 percent of Cuba's oil imports, much of its food and 85 percent of its trade economy. Transportation halted, people went hungry and the average Cuban lost 30 pounds.

Due to the continuing US embargo, but also because of the loss of a foreign market, Cuba couldn't obtain enough imported food. Furthermore, without a substitute for fossil-fuel based large-scale farming, agricultural production dropped drastically.

So, Cubans started to grow local organic produce out of necessity, developed bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers as petrochemical substitutes, and incorporated more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Since they couldn't fuel their aging cars, they walked, biked, rode buses, and carpooled.

The goals of this film are to give hope to the developed world as it wakes up to the consequences of being hooked on oil, and to lift American's prejudice of Cuba by showing the Cuban people as they are. The filmmakers do this by having the people tell their story on film. It's a story of their dedication to independence and triumph over adversity, and a story of cooperation and hope.

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Sepp Holzer's Permaculture
90 min., DVD, 2000, $45

This new DVD combines Holzer's three previous videos Farming With Nature, Aquaculture, and Terraces and Raised Beds into one 90 minute DVD.

Austrian farmers Sepp and Veronika Holzer show how they have turned 110 acres of steep alpine slopes into a Garden of Eden with cherries, figs, and lemons at 3000 feet! A convincing demonstration of permaculture, beautifully filmed with English narration. A well-realized 40 year old system.

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The Global Gardener
with Bill Mollison

120 minutes, 1991 DVD $30.00

In 4 half-hour segments, Bill travels the globe viewing Permaculture application in the tropics, arid deserts, cool temperate climates, and cities. Acclaimed by millions! Excellent for introducing Permaculture to the media-opiated masses. Buy a copy for yourself and another for your local public library!!

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The Synergistic Garden
30 min., DVD or VHS, 1995, $20 

French Pc Teacher Emilia Hazelip shows in detail her method of organic no-till gardening without fertilizers. Carefully explains the basis of true soil health. Available in English, French, or Spanish, VHS or DVD.

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In Grave Danger of Falling Food
with Bill Mollison
56minutes, 1989. $35

Cartoon cutaways and bizarre sound effects seem no stranger than Bill loping through Aussie suburban sleaze, guerilla planting hazelnuts. A campy period piece, this film tells the permaculture story with verve and imagination.

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West Coast Food Forestry: A Permaculture Guide
by Rain Tenaqiya
2004, 136pp, $19, PDF on CD

Food Forests are multi-layered food gardens composed primarily of trees, shrubs, & other perennials that are designed to imitate wild forests while producing an abundance of food. This CD addresses the design & maintenance of food forests west of the Cascades & Sierras, with special emphasis on the food plants that can be grown here. Book includes:

- bioregional issues relevant to West Coast food forestry
- illustrated tour of West Coast
food forests
- fully illustrated plant profiles for 239 food plants showing plant, leaf, flower, & fruit, data on size, environmental preferences, maintenance, flowering & fruiting times, propagation
- harvest
charts for fruits & nuts
- plant list for 36 characteristics relevant to design
- brief introduction to permaculture

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