Student Resources

Permaculture PrinciplesThe following section contains resources for our students, interns and wwoofers. Feel free to suggest material for this section by using our contact form.

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Suggested Reading:

The following books are available in our library (as well as hundreds of other books). But we recommend reading at least one of the following books before your course/internship begins:


Suggested Viewing:

Available on YouTube:

Available for viewing online or for DVD purchase:

  • The Age of Stupid : Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite plays an old archivist living in the devastated world of 2055 in this documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Franny Armstrong. Based on mainstream scientific projections from the present day, the film focuses on the archivist as he tries to work out why we didn’t save ourselves while we still had the chance. He flips through a startling array of news clips, interviews and scientific reports from our current time, each its own warning sign of the destruction that is looming if we don’t change our current consumption practices.
  • Food Inc. [2008]: Examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. It lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc.  reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat and how it’s  produced.
  • Hungry for Change [2012]: Exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap.
  • The Future of Food [2005]: Offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
  • Dirt! the movie [2009]: This documentary takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its
    crippling degradation.The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.”
  • The Crisis of Civilization (2011): A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization. featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, super heroes, and xylophones and much, much more. Based on the book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed.
  • The 11th Hour [2008]: Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.
  • Education for a sustainable future :
  • Addicted to Plastic [2008]: From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost. Addicted To Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic.
  • Gasland [2010] and Gasland Part II [2013]: The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.
  • Garbage Warrior [2008]: What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent  housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and  function converge in eco-harmony.
  • Earthlings [2005]: A feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix.

For more video suggestions, please check out the clips in the videos section.

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