Permaculture film’s local premier features local practitioners, April 9th (video)

April 9th, 2015 at 7 p.m.

120 E. Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850


Ten years ago in the Northeast one could barely find a permaculture class, much less a site that demonstrated permaculture principles and techniques in action. Today there is a very different story emerging, and examples abound of permaculture applied to farms, gardens, urban environments, social systems, and more.

In 2013, filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan took a journey around the northeast and midwest U.S. and combined their eye for beauty with their passionate interest in permaculture to create a feature length documentary: INHABIT.

The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people translating the diversity of permaculture expressions into a message easily understood by an equally diverse audience. To those familiar with permaculture, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible; what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

Watch the Trailer:

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective – TRAILER 2015 from Costa on Vimeo.


INHABIT will be screening at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) in Ithaca, New York on Thursday, April 9th. The FLEFF Festival embraces and interrogates sustainability across all of its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, technological, and aesthetic. This year their theme is HABITATS. “Environments inhabited by animals, plants, organisms, minerals, fungi, bacteria. Terrains, waters, atmospheres defined by layers, relationships, and complexities surrounding the human and the nonhuman. Ecological systems offering sustenance and life.”

The event will be co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI) and includes a segment with local practitioner Steve Gabriel, who maintains Wellspring Forest Farm alongside his wife Elizabeth in Mecklenburg NY, where they produce maple syrup, mushrooms, and raise ducks and sheep, while seeking to restore the landscape to a healthy state. After the film, join them along with Director Costa Boutsikaris and FLPCI Board Member Becky Sims for a post film discussion about permaculture and related projects/events happening in the Finger Lakes Region.

Steve Gabriel, local permaculture teacher and author is featured in the film. Come to the viewing to learn about others practicing permaculture in our region.

While this film highlights stories from around the U.S., there are a lot of permaculture projects and practitioners doing amazing work in the local area. Last year, FLPCI hosted the first annual Permaculture Site Tours, where thirteen sites were open for visitors to tour and learn about how this practice is done on the ground. The event will be expanded this year, with tours on Saturday, August 22. On Sunday, the Finger Lakes Permaculture Convergence will be be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, with demonstrations, mini-workshops, and vendors offering plants and materials for farm and landscape. Learn more about the event at

At the film, FLPCI will provide a handout listing local projects to inform attendees about permaculture in the region. To register your permaculture for the list please fill out this form:

This movie event will sell out, so GET YOUR TICKET ONLINE:

This event is listed on Facebook.