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Voices of Transition, Free Film Event in Salem, Wednesday February 14th @ 6:30pm

Monthly Permaculture Films Restarting at a new location.

Voices of Transition: A Film by Nils Aguilar
A documentary “action” movie for community-led food production.
Free Film Event Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Voices of Transition: Three Paths To a Better (Food) System

Farming in Transition : France is a leader in agroforestry research. The natural forest ecosystem is the best source of inspiration of the shift away from destructive monocultural farming to diversified and truly efficient agricultural ecosystems.

Community-led Solutions : With its roots in the UK, the Transition Town movement is now booming globally. Numerous grassroots initiatives are bringing food production into the city, encouraging resource -conscious thinking re-localising infrastructure.

Cuba’s path to agroecology : When the Soviet Union collapsed, so did Cuba’s oil supply. The country’s farms faced an unprecedented crisis. But Cuba has used this desperate situation to become a pioneer of agro-ecology and urban farming. 70% of all fruits and vegetables eaten Havana are now grown in the city — and they’re organic.

Interested in restoration agriculture, sustainable gardening, and local solutions? Come join our latest free film to meet other like minded folk and learn more.

NW Permaculture Institute Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Salem every 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm
At Salem Friend’s Meeting House, 490 19th Street NE (19th at Breyman)
For more information: 971-218-4772, or dianedalychavez@gmail.com.

Just realized that this will be on Valentine’s Day. Feel free to bring chocolate.





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Salem Free Film Event, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, October 8th @ 4pm, presented at, “Peace with Justice Film Series” – Salem Friends Meeting

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. Cuba rebuilt its quality of life following that energy crisis. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. Film 53 minutes.

Presented by the NW Permaculture Institute and The Peace with Justice Film Series.  490 19th NE, (19th and Breyman) Salem Friends Meeting.  October 8th @ 4pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Accessible.  No charge.  For more info email bennyanddiane at gmail dot com


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Salem Free Film Event, Abundance on a Dry Land: Water Crisis or Run-off Crisis? Harvesting Solutions, August 25th @ 6:30pm


Abundance on a Dry Land: Water Crisis or Run-off Crisis?  Harvesting Solutions


In California and other regions affected by drought, agriculture is suffering from a lack of water and farms are being abandoned at an alarming rate. Fortunately, some people have developed solutions to capture the rains that DO fall. In many dry regions around the world, land restoration helps water penetrate healthy soils and in turn increase crop yields.

Even in dry areas, water which typically might run off, can be harvested and stored in tanks, ponds and swales. By using swale systems, gabions, biodiversity, mulching, pioneer trees, animals both wild and domestic, check dams, fruit forests, keyline plows, compost teas and many other methods, it is possible to turn the soil into a large sponge, and design new productive landscapes.

Abundance on a Dry Land explores the work of Erik Ohlsen, Geoff Lawton and other growers, permaculture designers and educators, showing how intentional design can benefit both humans and nature.  52 mins.


Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: Free Film and Lecture Series
Held in Salem every 4th Thursday @ 6:30pm (except November and December)

Salem 4th Thursday events include potluck & discussion
@ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center Street. NE, Salem

For more information email nwperma@gmail.com or call 503-449-8077